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  1. OK I thought I'd resurrect gellflex's excellen thread here as the season gets into full swing....and I have question marks over my head instead of light bulbs. I have a Lowrance Hook5. My issue is downscan. I look at the images from the owner's manual and my downscan looks NOTHING like those images. to me, it looks exactly the same as the CHIRP sonar, in sepia. No additional information really...and nothing near the photographic images I see from Lowrance. Tale a look at these images from the manual: So that stuff looks fantastic. and completely different than my images. I'll take some screenshots next time out. I've turned off AUTO, I've played with contrast and surface clarity and so forth. Nothing make the image look anything like these in the least. Take a look at these webshots of Lowrance HDS (the high end units) And this webshot from Lowrance Elite Ti unit. Any ideas of why I would not be getting anything close to this? Is this just complete marketing BS from Lowrance?
  2. Also one other good resource: I know we are not supposed to post links here but maybe the mods will allow this since it's safety related. From the BoatUS website, on VHF and the DSC system. Very good little slide/audio clips on the various topics. Easy to understand and very helpful. http://www.boatus.com/foundation/dsc/player.html
  3. That's good advice I think.
  4. Tested the WS Radar 135 and OT Predator PDL and both were very nice. The PDL felt more like a boat and less like a kayak...I would not consider that paddle able. The WS felt more kayak-like...able to be paddled if you wanted or needed to from a pedal failure. The Feel free lure did not feel like a maneuverable kayak. But...you are way above your budget with all of these. Go used for sure.
  5. At the beginning of this thread I mentioned this. If you go to New England Kayak Fishing....top banner..... Resources....go to Articles...go to VHF for the Kayaker. Good article with exactly what you're looking for.
  6. Ill be dammed. You actually don't have to put in registration or Coast Guard number. I just got an MMSI! $25
  7. I'm looking at BoatUS now...for the MMSI application...they ask where the boat is registered...and in section A, it says "please be sure to have the following items handy when completing the application: +Up to two emergency contact names as well as the home and work or cell phone number of each +Vessel documentation or State Registration Number Going further into the application...they want EITHER data, including state registration number... Or USCG Documentation Number
  8. They gave you an mmsi and you didn't give them a boat registration or vessel name?
  9. I have a submersible handheld: Uniden MHS235. Probably discontinued by now. Has been pretty good. Battery life has been VERY good and they have an accessory battery holder that uses AAA batteries so if the rechargeable Lithium battery bite is, you can always go get some standard batteries in a pinch. the unit has a recharging base...you just plunk it down when you get home. Also has a 12 volt plug so you can charge in car or boat. Plenty loud. You can set up scan however you want...monitor channel 16, 09, 22 and maybe 68, 69, 71, 72, and 78A depending on if you have one of these set up with your buddies. Its also nice to have the NOAA weather ...the automated voice has become like a "dumb fishing fried" to me...sorta comforting when you are alone but not a good conversationalist. I don't like having a cell phone on the water...way too easy to damage or lose...and they are not cheap or easy to just replace later since so much of my life is now on my cell phone.
  10. You bring up an interesting point with the MMSI feature. Maritime Mobile Service Identity. It's a feature on most new VHF radios with GPS, and you sign up through several organizations, get a unique ID number, that is in a database with your name, vessel registration, contact info, etc. This number get's entered into your VHF. The first feature that stands out is that you have a red mayday button. If you can't verbally communicate...you're entering hypothermia or are severely injured, you push the red button. A signal is broadcast, monitored by coast guard, and the signal includes your location and your identity and vessel description, etc. It's a pretty valuable feature but you NEED to have a vessel registration number to obtain the MMSI. Since kayaks do not require registration if they are not motor powered you don't have a registration and so cannot obtain an MMSI. They are trying to get they system to accommodate solo workers such as divers who may not be associated with a vessel, but so far that has not happened as far as I know. I suppose you could go to your town, tell them the kayak has a small electric motor, they will then require a registration, you pay the yearly fee, and now you get to have an MMSI. But what I didn't know initially is, that to prevent people from messing around with the system, the number is permanently entered into the radio, So it will be identified with only that vessel and if you sell the radio, or want to change the number, it needs to go back to the factory to get set to factory defaults before a new number can be added. And it's not cheap to do that. So essentially, if you have a $100 VHF handheld, you consider it a throwaway...at least regarding that feature. The MMSI system also allows sophisticated calling between boats in a fleet, you have sort-of speed-dial to groups of vessels in your fleet if you want, and other stuff that we wouldn't use.
  11. I was in a similar boat... .ok.... pun intended.... Woulr be used 80 percent of time on lakes and ponds, need to teach well in wind, 20 percent of time on salt.... rivers, back bays, saltponds, out front on calm days. When I started looking I thought a pedal kayak was a no brainier for fishing. But when I saw the prices and weights of all of them, I balked. No.way I am lifting an 85-95 pound kayak...and some are well over that. Plus even used you are in for $1500-2000 at least. So I decided to keep it simple for my first kayak. Knew I was going to buy used to save money, and narrowed it down to Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra (now discontinued and replaced by just The Trident) and the Wilderness Systems Tarpon. Originally I thought 13-14 foot would enable more seaworthiness but ended up realizing 12-13 was better all around. Ended up with a spur of the moment great deal on a WS Tarpon 120 (12 foot). Leftover...2016 boat...only used a half dozen times last summer...primo condition. $580 including anchor, paddle, life vest and inflatable seat cushion. The seat is awesome on these....and also on the newer OK boats. Having a good seat is REALLY important. You figure that out about two hours into your first trip. Also these boats dont have the lawn chair seats. Guys like the lawn chair seats on pedal kayaks but there is a big advantage in keeping your center of gravity lower...and wind resistance lower. To me, the pedal boats are so heavy that they require special expensive roof racks or trailers....which I won't do. You may be ok with a 100 pound boat in the back of your truck? Easier than a roof most likely. I have been extremely happy with the WS120 as a starter boat on salt and freshwater. Very maneuverable and tracks well in wind...feels stable and seaworthy. Have it almost completely rigged now. That's really fun figuring out how you want stuff set up. Best advice....try as many boats as you can. Feel the difference. And buy used because if you don't like it you should be able to flip it for at least the same money. It's not like a car where motor and transmission and brakes and stuff are worn out on used vehicles. Good luck getting started. It's an awesome sport. You're gonna be feeling really really good when you are finally on the water!
  12. Yeah...two separate cables...power/red plug...and transducer/blue plug. Maybe I can order a plug from Lowrance.
  13. Cool...thanks Jon. I was afraid to try an poke wires into the power socket to hotwire it on the bench. I had no way of knowing which of the pins was pos and neg. Probably would have blown it with reverse polarity.
  14. Jon... downloaded Opencpn but it's not showing me any chart data at all. Just very crude land shape. What am I missing? Also...I can't power up my Lowrance at home because the power cable plug is hard-installed on the kayak!