I have an 8' power pole, but I never use it if I'm deeper than 6' of water. No issues will mine and I have had this brand on 5 different boats. In deeper water, I use my i-pilot.
Capt. Craig Copeland
Licensed by the US Coast Guard
2013 Nautic Star 2110 Shallow Bay Boat
Humminbird HELIX 12 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N
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