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Old 09-18-2019, 12:20 PM   #1
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the importance of polarized lenses for navigating safely

I see people ask about buying a boat to run shallow water all the time...

I never see people talking about how important polarized lenses are if you are out running the bays.

We were fishing Sunday morning and in a new area, as the morning heated up a but we decided to try a new area, I hadn't put my glasses on yet and ran up on a sandbar.. luckily were weren't going fast, were able to get out and push the boat off.

I realized i didn't have my glasses on and sure enough, clear as day!

I took them on and off a few times later during the day when we were moving and they truly are amazing for being able to see the differences in water depth and conditions. I always were them and never take them off...

Kind of forgot how important they are and thought it would be worth sharing as I have never really seen it discussed. I think a lot of seasoned guys just assume everyone knows that.

FWIW, I use the green lenses Costa plastics
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:06 PM   #2
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Most of the boaters I know have just become accustomed to wearing them and it is second nature. It just never occurs to most to talk about it.

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Old 09-18-2019, 07:29 PM   #3
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We talk about it.. then we quit talking about it.. and then that happens.

Sorry to hear you grounded.. glad you weren't going fast.

Yes, wear your glasses and know where you're running. I'm assuming the bay was glass, because you could also avoid calm water that's super shallow if there was a little wind.

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Old 09-19-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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oh, we were idling into an area, I don't run hot into unknown territory that is suspect.

water was about 18" deep, about what my boat needs to float, it will run in a foot.
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The only problem with polarized lenses on the water is it makes it difficult to see the GPS and depth.
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I never wear sunglasses.. Wish I could, but prescription glasses get in the way. I had a pair of 580G green Costas, but couldn't ever wear them when I got glasses!

If anyone wants to give me $700-$800 for a pair of prescription Costa's I'll do it, but until then, I'll be sunglassless lol
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I never wear sunglasses.. Wish I could, but prescription glasses get in the way. I had a pair of 580G green Costas, but couldn't ever wear them when I got glasses!

If anyone wants to give me $700-$800 for a pair of prescription Costa's I'll do it, but until then, I'll be sunglassless lol
Contacts would be the better way to go...
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Contacts would be the better way to go...
I had a contacts for a while and just gave up on them. I like waking up, throwing glasses on, and walking out the door.
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The only problem with polarized lenses on the water is it makes it difficult to see the GPS and depth.

We have a basic GPS/depth finder that came with the boat
I don't have a problem with it or my last one

depth finder transducer is at the back of the boat.. too late in my experience in shallow water
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I never wear sunglasses.. Wish I could, but prescription glasses get in the way. I had a pair of 580G green Costas, but couldn't ever wear them when I got glasses!

If anyone wants to give me $700-$800 for a pair of prescription Costa's I'll do it, but until then, I'll be sunglassless lol
i wear prescription sunglasses. Got the Raybans frames for approx $100.00(amazon at my house in 1 to 2 days), lenses were $2??.00 at walmart and made by Nikon. couldn't imagine fishing without, you need to change this.
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