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Old 10-12-2020, 09:54   #1
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I would like to buy a depth finder, for a 12' dinghy, as a gift. I over heard the recipient say he would prefer a portable one. Any recommendations?


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Garmin Striker 4. I love ours.
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Check out Vexilar Sonarphone.
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Portable?

We have the Deeper Pro+ and like it very much.
(the higher priced Deeper Pro Chirp even better, plus it can output NMEA0183 by wifi - unadvertised)

Both makes great bathymetric maps.

But it is portable, not fixed gps.
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I have had the Vexilar Sonarphone SP300 for several years and have been pleased with it. It has its own battery, but no display -- it connects to your smartphone using WiFi.
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I'll look up all of your suggestions. Hopefully I will get what he was talking about, and he will not have to return for the correct unit.


Thank Y'all for your quick responses.
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�� Vexilar. Mine reads in feet only☹️

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000MB006Q/..._ugU0Fb0S7WYSZ
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�� Vexilar. Mine reads in feet only☹️

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000MB006Q/..._ugU0Fb0S7WYSZ
His dinghy is measured in feet, so it's perfect.
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Leadline. Simple, portable, cheap.
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Vexilar Lps-1 Handheld. Weve found it to be very useful.
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�� Vexilar. Mine reads in feet only

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000MB006Q/..._ugU0Fb0S7WYSZ
There should be DIP switches under the cap that allow you to change to meters.
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I would like to buy a depth finder, for a 12' dinghy, as a gift. I over heard the recipient say he would prefer a portable one. Any recommendations?


Thanks in advance.

Is it a rib? Only reason to know if you could glue on a transducer to the hull (inside a locker) vs. an external mounted one. IMO the internally glued on transducer is superior.
We have a internal mounted transducer on the hull in our hard nesting dinghy and never have to worry about it falling off/breaking like an external. Another thing to check if it is a rib that the hull is solid f/g to make the glued on transducer work.
Ours is just an old Hummingbird that is powered by a solar battery, but works well. Very easy to see the readings to check around the boat while rowing or when we hook up the OB at WOT.
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Leadline. Simple, portable, cheap.

But not RoHS compliant.
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But not RoHS compliant.
Sorry Jammer, I don't know what this means. What is RoHS?

I didn't see the OP asking to meet any particular standard.
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Thank y'all. Ordered the Vexilar SP300 T-Box portable. A lot of options out there, hope I picked one he will like and be able to use.
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