Most Helpful Customer Reviews
56 of 59 people found this review helpful:
Apr 22, 2008
With the Sea Hunter Mark II I just purchased, I am now able to search the entire beach from the white sand dunes past the blue ocean waves without any worries of water damage, floating coils, or finding lots of pull-tabs.
That is correct. The Sea Hunter Mark II can discriminate against those pesky pull-tabs, which is just what I was looking for in an underwater metal detector. Setup is quick and simple using the pocket instruction manual that you can carry with you too your next treasure hunting beach.
Configure the Sea Hunter Mark II for beach hunting by using the long stem version or choose the short stem version for underwater detecting. Operating the Sea Hunter Mark II for a quick search or a through search of the beach area is as simple as turning the knob from standard mode to discrete mode. In the standard mode, the detector is operating at its maximum depth and picks up the smallest types of metal, anything from a hairpin to a tie-tie.
In the discrete mode, the detector eliminates all junk metals like pull-tabs and signals when you are over something good like a gold ring or loose change. The Sea Hunter Mark II with pulse induction technology sifts through harsh beach and underwater ocean conditions unlike any detector currently available. In fact, with the latest technology in my hands I sometimes picture myself as the only detector on the beach.
This metal detector has earned my rating of five stars!
Did you find this metal detector review helpful? 47 of 47 people found this review helpful:
Mar 21, 2008
Most of my detecting experience has been on land, but after I found my first gold ring, I had to find some more. Fortunately, I live near a popular beach where gold can be find regularly. While my other detector would do fine in the sand, I wanted to get in the water, and to do that I needed a water machine. The Garrett Sea Hunter Mark 2 came highly recommended by a friend of mine so I was able to find a good price on a used one.
I also own a White's DFX and a Minelab SE which are both very complex, programmable machines. When I took the Sea Hunter to the beach for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was in contrast to my other units. There are only three adjustment knobs for threshold volume, discrimination, and search mode. It would be nice to have an adjustment for volume as it is very loud on shallow targets.
The discrimination of this unit is it's weakest point. You choose a setting between 0 and 10, 0 being iron and 10 being a silver coin. However, it doesn't work like a digital notch discriminator. Instead of simply not sounding off on discriminated targets, it seems to lower it's sensitivity to these targets. Furthermore, the search mode that you are using determines how strictly the discriminator adheres to the number you have selected. In the end, I run with just enough discrimination to quiet the sound of the waves which somehow this machine picks up in the more sensitive hunting mode. Fortunately at my beach, no discrimination is needed. If it beeps, I dig it. If I were hunting a beach with lots of trash or iron, the Mark 2 may run into some problems.
The control housing can be mounted in one of four ways: one top of the shaft, underneath the shaft, underneath the arm cuff, or in a sheath that can be worn on the waist. I prefer it mounted on top of the shaft as I have ready access to all the controls and it seems well balanced in that configuration. The other two shaft-mounted configurations may be more suitable for scuba diving although I have not taken the detector diving yet.
The Mark 2 is fairly heavy for a detector but it is weighted to be neutrally buoyant in the water for scuba diving. The coil seems to be close to neutral which is good because as you sweep under water, the coil doesn't have the tendency to rise or sink.
It's also a rugged little unit. It's manufactured from all-rustproof material so nothing will corrode from the salt water. The shaft is very sturdy and can withstand heavy surf and swinging against the current without any strain. I've even dropped it a few times with no resulting damage.
If you are looking for a detector that can go under water and you plan on hunting relatively clean beaches, I'd highly recommend the Sea Hunter Mk 2. However, if your beach has iron infestation, I'd go with a unit that has a little better discrimination.
Did you find this metal detector review helpful? 38 of 41 people found this review helpful:
Mar 17, 2008
I did a little research on underwater / water proof metal detector. I ended up purchasing a sea hunter MK II it was one of the best investments i have ever made. In Australia we have a 1 and 2 dollar coins , our dollar buys about 92 US cents, so when beach hunting the rewards are greater in the coin department.
I average about $2500 in coins per year detecting less in winter and 3-4 day a week in summer for 3 hour each.
Very little hype on the Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II because people who own them are quite achievers. It took me about 3 months of digging every target to get the sounds right, i still dig trash but i get a lot of nice jewelry as well. one thing about the sea hunter MK II is it has now volume control so if you have bad hearing its a sweet thing.
The sea hunter goes deeeeeeppppp, on 17-3-08 i went to my favorite beach , it gets done to death. I was digging 10 cent and 20 cent coins from 6-12 inches with a 8 inch coil, I have just ordered my 14X10 coil from kellyco . look out deep coins and rings
In seven years i have had this detector it has never leaked and never let me down. It is rock solid and i take my hat off to you yanks for building a great durable and treasure finding machine.
My wife is also great full (and her sisters) for the many choices of rings i have found.
I have been at the beach after other Metal detector and yes there are no coins in the first 4 inches but beyond that i was digging coins and jewelery.
There is a learning curve but you will end up richer for it
Did you find this metal detector review helpful?