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Old 07-26-2004, 07:11 AM
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I mistakenly left my lowrance LMS 350A on the boat one afternoon, and we got clobbered with a Tstorm that dumped 3 inches of rain in about 2 hours, this happened about 2 weeks ago. I turned the unit on and it operated fine in the driveway so I assumed there was no damage

Yesterday, I got on the boat and the lms 350a turned on, but the screen was pretty much dots and dashes.

I took it home, opened it up and dumped out about a tablespoon of water.

Now that the unit is apart and drying, is there anything I can do to help it work again? Anyone have a recommendation for something like a contact spray?

I do not have the funds to replace a gps and sounder, so ANY info or assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-26-2004, 07:32 AM
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I would contact Lowrance and ask their opinion. Short of that I would try some "electronic" spray to help disperse the moisture.
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Old 07-26-2004, 07:35 AM
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I would try the old blow dryer trick first. That is the best way I know of to remove moisture.
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Old 07-26-2004, 08:10 AM
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Since you know that the water was fresh, Hotshot has the safest initial approach.....use a hairdryer on medium to low heat to finish the drying. If that doesn't fix the problem and the mfg. doesn't have any good ideas except send it back.......then spray it down with a good electronics cleaner.

Good luck on this one!
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Old 07-26-2004, 09:17 AM
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Hairdryer first, then let the unit open and place it in the sun with the display facing down.

If it were "mine".... I would even put it in a oven at 120 deg for an hour or 2. Keep an eye on the temp so it stays below ....140.

Needs a good cookin to really dry out.

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Old 07-26-2004, 10:36 AM
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Just so you know, Lowrance will not service or sell parts for this unit.... They may offer you a hundred or two off a new unit. Hope yours drys out...
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:36 AM
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Sounds to me like it's to late, you already turned it on when it was wet. You should have opened and dried it first. Good luck.
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Old 07-26-2004, 01:14 PM
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If it were me, I'd call Lowrance and raise holy heck. Getting rained on, now matter how much, should not put a tablespoon of water in any marine electronics. Even if the unit isn't submersible, it should certainly be able to take being rained on.
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:04 AM
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Well.. I opened her up, dried her out, plugged her back in and she worked flawlessly!

For about ten seconds, then the LCD went black and never recovered. I called Lowrance and got the same old BS they give everyone. "once you open the unit it is not going to be in factory specs so the only thing we can do is have you send it back to us and we'll give you a rebate coupon"

So I am out of luck, but wanted to thank everyone for their advice.

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Keep that level of service in mind when selecting your new unit is all I can say. You shouldn't have to take your electronics off your boat EVER if you don't want to. Many are flush-mounted and stay there year round.
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dwh_1987 said...

Keep that level of service in mind when selecting your new unit is all I can say. You shouldn't have to take your electronics off your boat EVER if you don't want to. Many are flush-mounted and stay there year round.
I agree. Most marine electronics companies know their gear is going to see water from time to time.
Here is a photo of the helm on my previous boat...



After a day on the water, I'd come home and hose everything down with fresh water to get the salt off... and I never had a problem with any of my gear. Rain was never a problem either and I spent a lot time in the rain (it seems) on that boat.
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Old 07-30-2004, 11:15 AM
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dwh_1987 - 7/30/2004 1:16 PM

Keep that level of service in mind when selecting your new unit is all I can say. You shouldn't have to take your electronics off your boat EVER if you don't want to. Many are flush-mounted and stay there year round.
Trust me... Lowrance is not, nor will they ever be, on my list again.
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Old 07-30-2004, 11:19 AM
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I just tossed a $2000 LCX-16CI after two years of use. It also had the screen go bad. Lowrance is on my never_ever list also.
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Old 07-30-2004, 06:09 PM
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Help this poor soul and myself (and others), what is on you YES list for electronics-what manufacturers are rec. for service and reliability (and water resistance)?

{I have a RAYNAV 320 chartplotter, Standard vhf, have a Sea Ranger Loran (out of business), Humminbird FF.}
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Old 07-30-2004, 07:05 PM
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Just look into the IPX standard the the unit is waterproof to. The higher the number, the more waterproof/resistant.

For instance, the Garmin 320C and 182C are waterproof to IPX-7 standards.
IPX-7 = Protected against water immersion - Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
So those units would be fine on an open console in any weather [at least that's what I'm banking on]

Other well known brands are advertised as waterproof, but they are only IPX-5.
That standard is:
IPX-5 = Protected against water jets - Water projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters/min at a pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters. [IOW 3.3 gallons a minute from a 1/4 inch nozzle 10 feet away]

Those would probably be fine in any type of rain as well.

Others are at still lower standards.

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Old 07-30-2004, 09:26 PM
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I usually hose my electronics down after every trip but I don't turn them on till the next trip so they have time to dry. My dad used to sell beepers when everyone had one and his tech told me the worst thing you can do is turn a unit on after getting wet
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Old 08-02-2004, 09:22 AM
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danielb,

I've had very good success with Garmin chartplotters, Icom and Standard radios, Furuno fishfinders, Raymarine radar, and so far-so good with the new line of Raymarine autopilot.
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:59 PM
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danielb - 7/30/2004 10:09 PM

Help this poor soul and myself (and others), what is on you YES list for electronics-what manufacturers are rec. for service and reliability (and water resistance)?

{I have a RAYNAV 320 chartplotter, Standard vhf, have a Sea Ranger Loran (out of business), Humminbird FF.}
I'll be looking at Garmin, Furuno and Raymarine most likely.
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