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Old 15-02-2013, 18:36   #16
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Re: Hand held depth finder

Been using a NORCROSS MARINE H22PX Handheld Depth finder for 5 years now
It does Handheld Depth Finder with Air & Water Temperature
Works as the dink is moving also.
Really helps when exploring in the dink or just checking the tide under your boat without turning everything on.

Also use it to calibrate my mother ship depth gage.

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Old 16-02-2013, 05:29   #17
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Re: Hand held depth finder

Mark, I am happy that your Hawkeye is working well for so long, but one is hard pressed to find many of them in that shape. The reviews around the web on these are atrocious, with everyone complaining about the exact same one or two issues.

I really would like to get this one over the Speedtech because it is less expensive and has a few more functions and features. However, I can't get over the user feedback (yours excepted, of course).

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Re: Hand held depth finder

Sounds like a really good idea, thanks. The electronic charts for the Banderas Bay, in some areas, list the depth as 18-3000 feet. Not confidence inspiring.
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Old 16-02-2013, 06:09   #19
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Mark, I am happy that your Hawkeye is working well for so long, but one is hard pressed to find many of them in that shape. The reviews around the web on these are atrocious, with everyone complaining about the exact same one or two issues.

I really would like to get this one over the Speedtech because it is less expensive and has a few more functions and features. However, I can't get over the user feedback (yours excepted, of course).

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And I purchased the re-conditioned one for $69. For that price and you still get the warranty, you can not go wrong. Really has been a great boat tool.
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For that price and you still get the warranty, you can not go wrong.
Unless you are shipping to/from, and using it in, small tropical countries with little access to postal systems

For any gear we get now we have to assume the warranty is useless and purchasing decisions are based on lowering the risk of needing to return defective product.

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Old 16-02-2013, 08:05   #21
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Unless you are shipping to/from, and using it in, small tropical countries with little access to postal systems

For any gear we get now we have to assume the warranty is useless and purchasing decisions are based on lowering the risk of needing to return defective product.

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I will bring you a new one for free. We are stuck in 2 feet of snow right now.
These depth sounders do not work in snow
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I will bring you a new one for free. We are stuck in 2 feet of snow right now.
These depth sounders do not work in snow
That is why we never got more than a few uses out of the Hawkeye. I bought it in fall when I usually do my buying out of boredom and dreaming of being back in the water. Once summer came back around, I had other toys to play with or install. By the time I got around to using the Hawkeye, the warranty was done and it broke like everyone else review stated. Of course I'm too cheap to toss it....I try it every few weeks hoping it will magically start working again.

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That is why we never got more than a few uses out of the Hawkeye. I bought it in fall when I usually do my buying out of boredom and dreaming of being back in the water. Once summer came back around, I had other toys to play with or install. By the time I got around to using the Hawkeye, the warranty was done and it broke like everyone else review stated. Of course I'm too cheap to toss it....I try it every few weeks hoping it will magically start working again.

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Return it and I am willing to bet they give you a new one.
If they do not, PM me and I will see to it they do.
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Return it and I am willing to bet they give you a new one.
If they do not, PM me and I will see to it they do.
Sure enough.... I checked on their website and they acknowledged there was an issue with those models and will fix for free. Unfortunately, we will be leaving for the Bahamas in the next week and will not be able to get it back in time. Oh well, at least we will have it for next time.

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Thanks for all the input. Sounds like Hawkeye is trying to fix their reliability issues. I'll wait to purchase something in the spring closer to actual time of use.
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Their service is very friendly and responsive. Located here in Orlando so I just took mine down for repair, and again, and again. It now works like a champ but I still like the spinning rod with weights and different color floats at different depths. This way I can cover a larger area from where I'm standing.
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Re: Hand held depth finder

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Been using a NORCROSS MARINE H22PX Handheld Depth finder for 5 years now
It does Handheld Depth Finder with Air & Water Temperature
Works as the dink is moving also.
Really helps when exploring in the dink or just checking the tide under your boat without turning everything on.

Also use it to calibrate my mother ship depth gage.

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We have been using the same model for 2.5 years... The first one died last fall after two years of service...

It built up condensation inside and the unit died. It was living in the dinghy at the time and Panama's rainy season may have been a contributing factor and also my lack of maintenance.


We found it important enough to purchase another.


We use the sounder in combination with the dinghy to sound out potential anchorages and and cuts in reefs.


Our tempature sensor on the boat died right after we started cruising, so we also use the hand held sounder to measure water temp.
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I use my handheld as the OP proposes, exploring small and poorly charted coves. If I had 12 volt on my dinghy and $650 burning a hole in my pocket this would be the ultimate gunkhole mapping device.

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We have had the linked handheld for 2 years and love it.
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Return it and I am willing to bet they give you a new one.
If they do not, PM me and I will see to it they do.
$11.24 IN Shipping cost and I have a fixed depth gauge.... thanks for pointing this out!
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