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Ctx 3030 Coiltek 14x9 vs. 17” Minelab coils
Posted by: DaytonaGold
Date: June 07, 2018 11:22PM
I regretted selling my ctx a few years back but hard times hit and that was the only way out of some of my financial worries. Anyway good times are back and I’m ready to throw my new ctx back in the ring but I heard a lot of this Coiltek 14x9 and since I’m a beach hunter I hear that this coil cuts through the surf much cleaner with little drag, overall can anyone shed some light on the upsides or downfalls of this coil or is it worth sticking with the Minelab 17”.

Please throw in your two cents and try to convince me that the Coiltek is better, I’d really like to give it a try only if it’s going get the results I want, any and all suggestions, thoughts greatly appreciated, thanks findmall community.



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Re: Ctx 3030 Coiltek 14x9 vs. 17” Minelab coils
Posted by: LawrencetheMDer
Date: July 18, 2018 05:15PM
I've been using the 17" coil on the CTX for 2 seasons (Dec - April) and work up to 8 hrs mostly in the water (west coast Florida). Most MDers with a similar set-up seem to use the harness for dry sand over long periods of time. For dry sand hunting the 17" coil is a bear and will wear you out. In the water (DO NOT USE A HARNESS), the swing speed is slow but that's about what you want to swing anyway with the CTX - SLOW. The 17" coil is more or less neutral in terms of buoyancy; it doesn't sink and, importantly, doesn't float. And, I cover miles with the 17" coil, which is 21% longer than a 14" coil. I have the newer CTX with updated seals and use it in water up to 5 1/2 feet deep (nose level). Haven't had a problem with water intrusion and, just in case, I place super-absorbent Tampons in the battery compartment as a safe-guard. I'd go with the 17" coil for water hunting.

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