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    Question Newbie with an old Garrett XL500 Sea Hunter

    Hi all...Water Newbie here who recently picked up a used Garrett XL500 Sea Hunter made in the 90s and I'm anxious to get out in the water and try it out! I've been dirt detecting off and on since the 1970s when my dad was stationed in Germany and started with an old Sears/Whites $19 detector. I scuba dive and live near the ocean in Rhode Island so thought this might be a fun way to bring together a number of my interests but didn't want to jump in with a brand new unit incase reality wasn't as fun as I think it will be. After reading tons of reviews and getting a little lucky to find this unit as I was looking for a PI detector, I sent it off to Garrett and had it checked out, and had the batteries and seals replaced. My big question to all the old timers out there who are familiar with this detector is do they know were I can find one of the optional 13" coils that were originally offered, and are they worth having, or am I just going to get frustrated digging down to China for an old nail. It sounds as this PI with the 8" coil already goes very deep in salt water but I thought there might be an advantage to covering more ground with each swing...the unit does allow you to set the search depth somewhat so the 13" coil might still be of use if I can find one...they don't seem to ever show up on ebay so looking for some insight from others before I waste my time and money trying to run one down. All help is greatly appreciated and hope to see some of you out in the surf...Thanks!

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    Jan 2007
    Cape Cod, Massachuestts
    Garrett (Infinium, ATPro, ATX), Minelab Excalibur, Troy (X2 X5), Tesoro Conquistador, Whites (Surfmaster PI, Quantum), JW Fisher 8X, DetectorPro Underwater 8", Minelab Equinox 800, Pro-Find 35
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    If you are going to take it diving...the 8" coil will be best. Better pin pointing and smaller footprint. It is very difficult to retrieve a target while underwater as compare to standing waist deep in water. You will learn how to fan the target or use a plastic hand scoop. I had a XL500 VLF model and no regrets until I went to a PI; I was missing a lot of targets in the ocean. Now I have stronger arms and better balance. It is a wonderful hobby. Take care and good luck.

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    Nov 2013
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    Scuba+metal detector+Rhode Island=lots of old gold and silver. You will have a brand new, top of the line waterproof detector in no time. Next thread you will be asking which one to get. I'll beat you to it, get an Excalibur with the 8" coil.
    Gl HH Mike

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    us
    Mar 2015
    Rhode Island
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    Thanks WaterWalker (very cool handle), I'm sure 90% of my time will be in surf, but 10% will be used for diving...makes a lot of sense what you said about smaller footprint needed when diving.
    Last edited by USC / Rhody; Mar 13, 2015 at 09:47 PM.

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    CASPER

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMikeJackie View Post
    Scuba+metal detector+Rhode Island=lots of old gold and silver. You will have a brand new, top of the line waterproof detector in no time. Next thread you will be asking which one to get. I'll beat you to it, get an Excalibur with the 8" coil.
    Gl HH Mike
    I follow guys using Excals on RI beaches in the water all the time - and find old gold and silver behind them all the time
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
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    sending you a PM with articles Ive written - some may help you - others may inspire
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    May 2013
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    I still own and use my old XL 500vlf from the late 70's. It has a 7" coil. That old detector has paid for itself many times over. Hope you enjoy yours as much. Best luck to you.
    you will find what you seek?

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    us
    Mar 2015
    Rhode Island
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    sending you a PM with articles Ive written - some may help you - others may inspire
    Thanks, cant wait to get in the water!!!

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    us
    Nov 2013
    Long Island
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    I follow guys using Excals on RI beaches in the water all the time - and find old gold and silver behind them all the time
    That's awesome! You must be a great detectorist.

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    Capt Hawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMikeJackie View Post
    Scuba+metal detector+Rhode Island=lots of old gold and silver. You will have a brand new, top of the line waterproof detector in no time. Next thread you will be asking which one to get. I'll beat you to it, get an Excalibur with the 8" coil.
    Gl HH Mike
    ......I do Not think that you will want to Upgrade once you really get to know your detector!....I think that you will really like your Garrett Sea Hunter Pulse Induction....I have been using one since 1984.....since you are a water newbie I would stick with the standard 7.5 inch coil now until you are an expert and then you can decide whether the 13 inch coil would be right for you....but I will give you a warning....they are really RARE and very seldom show up on Ebay....I have a custom made 10 inch coil but it was made for me back in the late 1980's and probably are more RARE than the 13 inch coil...anyway use your detector all over the beach and in the surf....I use mine on zero discrimination and will dig all targets ...go slow and listen intently.....you will also need a long handled Stainless Steel scoop....try it in water at first that is from ankle to knee deep....you will find out that finding targets in the surf is a lot different than digging coins on land.....try to find the troughs (and sand bars)
    out in the water that is where a lot of the goodies accumulate due to the action of the surf......Good Luck

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    us
    Mar 2015
    Rhode Island
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    sending you a PM with articles Ive written - some may help you - others may inspire
    Casper...Thanks so much for all of your articles!!! Its 3am and I'm still
    reading them, Love it. I was very hesitant to join a forum but really cant
    thank you enough for all the great info. Sounds like we were kind of cut
    from the same cloth in that I started hunting back in the 70s also and have
    really never left the hobby completely. Really fell back into it a couple
    of months ago when I was digging around in the garage and saw my old Whites
    that I put away because of a move...dug it out and the spark was right back!
    Went on line to see what was out there and realized that surf hunting was
    now a very viable option. As I hunted around on ebay for a used machine it
    really got the juices flowing...I think treasure hunting, antiques, and
    collecting are kind of a drug to some including myself where I am always out
    there hunting for something. Anyway really cant thank you enough for your
    warm welcome and the articles are truly awe inspiring and have opened my
    eyes to all the fun that can be had...I have read a couple of books on water
    hunting in the last couple of months but your articles really opened my eyes
    to all the possibilities and enjoyment to be had year round. I really think
    you should put these articles together and produce a book as they are truly
    an invaluable resource to those interested in the field, I feel like I have
    learned years worth of knowledge in a weekend thanks to you...anyway great
    knowing there are people like you out there willing to share with the late
    comers to the party, again thanks and maybe we will meet somewhere down the
    road. All the best to you in your hunts.
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    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

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    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them. New Garrett Ca
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    Don't forget The Golden Oldie.The Golden Olde
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    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

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    CASPER

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman View Post
    Don't forget The Golden Oldie.The Golden Olde
    One of the greats Ive heard - I joined here late - did not know him
    Ive been detecting since 1975 - age 12 - so I set my own trails
    but but getting into this hobby I believe you should read and learn all you can - take what you like from each and add a little of your own
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    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Garrett Sea Hunter XL-500 PI is a very functional detector, had mine since 1985 and it is still in use occasionally. It's not the deepest, most sensitive or fastest reacting PI detector these days but I'm not so athletic as yesteryear and don't have reason to move so fast anymore. The bell like audio is a pleasure to listen to, being a none motion detector took a little getting use to back then but it make this detector usefull for specific tasks when used in areas where there is little or no room for coil movement, also make pinpointing easy especially when water hunting in chest deep water where the coil is out of sight. All coils was obtained together, small is good for places with rocks and other river restrictions, 7" coil preferred for water and surf hunting and smaller beaches, 13" coil is lovely to use on larger open beaches with some walking space between targets. The 3.5" and 13" coil will be hard to find the 13" was never available from an importer/dealer in Australia, I imported the whole packaged myself. A silver $ and a class ring is not unusuall finds for some........... but it is when they are found on the same beach in OZ..... silver $ on a sunny afternoon.....class ring at low tide on a night hunt.....both with the 7"coil.................ivanll..................... .....

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    Mar 2015
    Rhode Island
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    Quote Originally Posted by ivanll View Post
    Garrett Sea Hunter XL-500 PI is a very functional detector, had mine since 1985 and it is still in use occasionally. It's not the deepest, most sensitive or fastest reacting PI detector these days but I'm not so athletic as yesteryear and don't have reason to move so fast anymore. The bell like audio is a pleasure to listen to, being a none motion detector took a little getting use to back then but it make this detector usefull for specific tasks when used in areas where there is little or no room for coil movement, also make pinpointing easy especially when water hunting in chest deep water where the coil is out of sight. All coils was obtained together, small is good for places with rocks and other river restrictions, 7" coil preferred for water and surf hunting and smaller beaches, 13" coil is lovely to use on larger open beaches with some walking space between targets. The 3.5" and 13" coil will be hard to find the 13" was never available from an importer/dealer in Australia, I imported the whole packaged myself. A silver $ and a class ring is not unusuall finds for some........... but it is when they are found on the same beach in OZ..... silver $ on a sunny afternoon.....class ring at low tide on a night hunt.....both with the 7"coil.................ivanll..................... .....
    WOW!!! Hadn't even heard of the 3-1/2...Thanks for the photos, at least now I know what to keep my eyes open for. Very jealous as I bet you have one of the very few complete packages still around...I know if I ever find either of the other two coils for sale I will jump all over them...John from Rhode Island.

 

 

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