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John Doe
09-21-2016, 10:48 AM
Deeper Smart Portable Fishfinder FLDP-05 (http://deeper.factoryoutletstore.com/details/60147-159507/Deeper-Smart-Portable-Fishfinder-FLDP-05.html?cid=227046&chid=1600)

Anyone have one of the Deeper Portable Fish Finders? Is it worth the $200?

CrappiePappy
09-21-2016, 11:58 AM
The fact that your link page has the words "NO LONGER MANUFACTURED" tells me all I need to know !!

John Doe
09-21-2016, 12:13 PM
duh! I didn't notice that little tidbit of valuable information. FTR - still sold on Amazon

John Doe
09-21-2016, 12:30 PM
The only reason I am curious is it is a relatively cheap alternative while I rent Jon boats at the local county lakes and the reviews seem to be positive

https://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Portable-Smartphone-suitable-Compatible/dp/B00SXZMQTM/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1474472286&sr=8-17-spons&keywords=floating+fish+markers&psc=1

KnightShadow10
09-21-2016, 12:59 PM
Look at the Hummingbird portables..they work well

John Doe
09-21-2016, 01:03 PM
Look at the Hummingbird portables..they work well

This looks promising!

Humminbird FISHIN BUDDY MAX DI (http://fishfinders.factoryoutletstore.com/details/266442/humminbird-fishin-buddy-max-di.html?category_id=68876)

Clint
09-21-2016, 01:05 PM
I have built two portable depth finders as I have multiple small boats and like to be able to move them from one to another. I also rent boats when I travel and having a DF with GPS and mapping is advantageous. My first was a $99 unit mounted on a small plastic box with the 12V battery from an electric drill inside. I mounted the transducer in a hunk of packing foam and secured it with tie-wraps. The second was similar but is a HB Helix 5 DI GPS. It is mounted on a plastic "ammo-can" purchased at Harbor Freight. It carries a 7AH gel cell and the transducer as the other unit is mounted in a block of foam. I mounted a Ram Mount on the top of the box to hold the Helix. While they do not work at high speed, I just toss the transducer over the side when I want to "look" at the bottom. The GPS function works with the transducer still safely in the boat when I am at speed so I can track where I am going (so I can get back - I get lost easily).

I can take pictures of the Helix unit if you like.

John Doe
09-21-2016, 01:17 PM
I have built two portable depth finders as I have multiple small boats and like to be able to move them from one to another. I also rent boats when I travel and having a DF with GPS and mapping is advantageous. My first was a $99 unit mounted on a small plastic box with the 12V battery from an electric drill inside. I mounted the transducer in a hunk of packing foam and secured it with tie-wraps. The second was similar but is a HB Helix 5 DI GPS. It is mounted on a plastic "ammo-can" purchased at Harbor Freight. It carries a 7AH gel cell and the transducer as the other unit is mounted in a block of foam. I mounted a Ram Mount on the top of the box to hold the Helix. While they do not work at high speed, I just toss the transducer over the side when I want to "look" at the bottom. The GPS function works with the transducer still safely in the boat when I am at speed so I can track where I am going (so I can get back - I get lost easily).

I can take pictures of the Helix unit if you like.

Please do.

Clint
09-21-2016, 01:35 PM
Here is the first unit - a $99 Bottom Line DF (no longer made).

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Clint
09-21-2016, 01:40 PM
And here is the HB Helix 5 DI GPS unit


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John Doe
09-21-2016, 01:47 PM
Thanks Clint. Appreciate you taking the time to take/post pictures.

Does the transducer being mounted to something lightweight cause problems with imaging when the water surface is a little rough?

Clint
09-21-2016, 04:01 PM
Does the transducer being mounted to something lightweight cause problems with imaging when the water surface is a little rough?

I don't know as my boats are all small I don't venture out if it is too rough.

CrappiePappy
09-21-2016, 07:02 PM
Does the transducer being mounted to something lightweight cause problems with imaging when the water surface is a little rough?

The image is affected by waves bouncing a boat up and down, if only slightly, but a transducer rising & falling or rocking back & forth with every ripple or boat wake that reaches it ... well sir, that's gonna increase the image distortion a bit more. IMHO

Here's an example of a DI unit image of a pile of tree limbs ... that's distorted from incoming boat wake waves :

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/crappiepappy/004_zpsdb3f6b74.jpg?1474501492373&1474501501720&1474501512856&1474501515056

You might be better served to rig up some kind of suction cup mount for the transducer, or a clamp-on contraption that will hold the transducer below the surface and clamp to the side or transom of the rental boats. Then your transducer won't be as affected by waves, as it would be when freely floating on them.

And if you're gonna be rocked or pushed by waves generated by wind or boat traffic, and you still intend to use a depth finder unit ... you might also invest in a few "marker buoys", so that once you find a likely looking spot you can "mark" it with the buoys and not have to constantly be searching for it with the depth finder.

John Doe
09-21-2016, 07:50 PM
Thanks Crappiepappy