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Gift for retired dad, which one?
Posted by: kellyjwood
Date: October 27, 2014 01:51PM
My parents are retired and will be spending the winter at Myrtle Beach. My sister and I are planning on surprising our father with a metal detector for Christmas, as he has always wanted one. Being completely clueless, I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to research which model would be best, but am afraid that I am more confused now than when I started. We would like to spend no more than $300 to $400. From the info that I have been able to gather, it seems that some can be very frustrating to use and we would definitely like to avoid that if at all possible. Something that will keep his interest while giving him some much needed exercise on the beach (just had heart bypass surgery). One question that I have, even after researching, is that if we purchase one that can be used in shallow water, will that mean it has less performance on dry ground? Seeing that they will be living right on the beach, would you suggest one that is capable to go in shallow water, or does it really matter? Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Kelly

Re: Gift for retired dad, which one?
Posted by: mudpuppy
Date: October 29, 2014 01:23PM
This is a tough one...for one thing, he will also need a scoop, a long handle light weight one so he doesnt have to bend over for a target...something with a small 5" basket, aluminum preferably, due to its light weight and ease of use...get a mid priced rig, something that may have some resale or trade in value if he decides to upgrade or get out of the sport altogether...something light and comfortable..also some nice headphones...all of which you are looking at an easy 800 bucks...and thats on the low end should post this question on the 'beach hunters' forum for some exact gear advice...good on you daughters!:clapping: Perhaps a local detectorist would be willing to spend a bit of time with your father to show him the ropes, take him out maybe? In which case, you wouldnt have to buy him anything! Just the hook up with a knowledgeable local would be worth the effort and show him you care! I'd tip the local, or offer to pay him for on site training if you are so inclined...hang out and post and somebody would step up for that..:thumbup:

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Re: Gift for retired dad, which one?
Posted by: kellyjwood
Date: October 29, 2014 04:02PM
Thank you so much. I will definitely go and repost this to that board. I didn't see it when I first registered.

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