My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.
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    My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Well I have used the new to me /old excal (first style blue sword decal) for 2 weeks now. I bought a SEF 15x 12 coil, and it does work good on the dry and wet sand, and in the calm water, but in the waves, it is a lot to handle, and swing. In the deep water it is also harder to pinpoint tightly. In the water I will stick to the original, maybe buy the 12 x10 SEF for the water. Yesterday I took it out to the beach and only waded, with the 8" coil, and most things were scooped in first or second if deeper scoop. Today i took it to the beach with the 15 x 12, and it was hard to get it within 5-10 scoops. In the water. But it was a little rougher than yesterday. Now on the sand I could get it within 1 or 2 scoops, unless it was real deep. It does really find a lot more stuff with the bigger coil, but it is heavier, and it has drag in the water, and like i said, is harder to pinpoint/slide the scoop where it needs to be-in the water. I will use it for the dry/wet beach. For the water the 8" coil is fine, but I may go bigger. I do like the Excal, it nulls out on iron, and does have different sounds. I am learning it. Used to PIs for 15 years and digging lots of iron. The water here is warming up, yesterday I wore a wetsuit and was cooking, today I didnt wear a wetsuit, but could only get in just shy of my thermostat. Upper thigh and that was it. Still a little too cold. Roasting on the beach though, near 80, and got some sun too. Found some change both days, no gold. Didnt put in more than an hour each day, just practicing.

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    Oct 2010
    Waterboro, Maine
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevemc
    but could only get in just shy of my thermostat.
    Now that was funny

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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Quote Originally Posted by harryb007
    Quote Originally Posted by stevemc
    but could only get in just shy of my thermostat.
    Now that was funny
    I concur.
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    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    I think you all know what I am talking about right? We all have been there this time of year.

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    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    How is the water temp now? I'm headed back in early May and I'm hoping it will be warm enough for me to be in. No wet suit yet!
    Debby

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    Feb 2005
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    I dont think its 70 yet. Usually by May 1st is warm enough to be in all day without a wetsuit. Usually its 85 by May 1st. No wetsuit needed!

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    Apr 2006
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Current Water Temperatures and average monthly temperature by location. http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/satl.html
    Enjoy. Ralph

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    Oct 2010
    Waterboro, Maine
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    wow just checked that site and wish I hadn't. High temp of year for my area is low 60's.

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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Thats a big coil for sure... I had an 18 on my DFX, and it was a bear for sure, but the wife is more into it so I had to down size some for her. My 12 on the DF isn't too bad in the water but I can't imagine any more. The water is warming up for sure on these 80 deg days, won't take long...
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    Feb 2005
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Just got back from the beach, didnt find much, actually found a lot, but nothing good, but many people out at the beach, 100s. Quite warm already, even close to the water. I just had shorts on, as I planned to check just the dry and wet sand, and did wade up to my knees, still cold, but warming. It is definetly bikini season!

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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.


    I think the water temp up here is in the 40's, makes the thermostat more like a turtle head! Must be really nice hunting in one layer not 4 or 5!!
    Esse quam videri

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    Oct 2010
    Waterboro, Maine
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevemc
    Just got back from the beach, didnt find much, actually found a lot, but nothing good, but many people out at the beach, 100s. Quite warm already, even close to the water. I just had shorts on, as I planned to check just the dry and wet sand, and did wade up to my knees, still cold, but warming. It is definetly bikini season!
    For us up here in the freezing north some pictures would be nice

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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Pictures next time I go out! Promise.

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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    I consistantly hunt in the water with the WOT coil on my Excal, and have done so for several years. If I do or don't go in the water depends on how rough the surf is on me, not on my detector......

    I think you would find the more you hunt in the water with the WOT the easier it is, I have no problem pinpointing in the water....I also think the targets in the water are deeper then on the shore..... I do know for a fact My Excal and WOT goes very deep...... I have no problem using the coil in the surf either......

    Steve if I may, I suggest you give it a little more time and practice.....



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    Feb 2005
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    Re: My eval of the Excal and the 15"x12" SEF and the original 8" Seasearch.

    Oh, I will. Last 2 times were with the SEF. But those were without the wetsuit. I will keep trying.

 

 
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