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I just posted something on the racing thread that may apply to this topic. It's about a beginners experiance with a j/24...
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I'd love to be able to use my sailboat for diving so if you've thought it through and have a good way to do it, I'd like to know.

I never thought that a sailboat made a very good dive boat. It would probably be ok for once in a while, but not as a primary means of going diving. Gel coat damage seems inevitable from tanks and weights. The freeboard on my boat is too high. The newer designs with walk through transoms may be better.

The way I look at it, when the wind is down, I can go diving and when it's windy and rough weather for diving, I can be out on my sailboat.
One couple I know that has the same boat as me, bought it for use as a scuba diving mothership. They told me, one of the major factors in purchasing the boat was the fact that they can drop their scuba tanks onto the amas and then climb out of the water unencumbered by the weight and bulk of the tanks.

I would have to agree that a standard monohull sailboat is generally a lousy scuba diving platform... but multihulls seem to work quite well.
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"Gel coat damage seems inevitable from tanks and weights."
Happens on any fiberglass motor craft as well. Some ways to minimize it:
Doff your tank and lead before boarding, clip it onto a line. After you board, haul them up carefully, or use the boom or a davit to hoist them aboard without having to work so hard.
Then when you drop them--don't drop them on deck. Use a rubber mat or some rubber tiling (i.e. "Dry Mat" plastic lattice deck tiles, or a rubber strip floor mat) when you put them on deck, and they should be chocked or bungeed anyway so they can't slip around.

A little work, sure, but the same think you have to do with any fiberglass boat if you don't want to chip it up. Unless you've got a bare metal work boat...dive gear is going to bang things up!
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The couple did line the ama deck with rubber matting, to protect the fiberglass decking.

Some of the best SCUBA tank mounts I've seen were made from Schedule 80 PVC pipe, which is what they had on their boat.
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Backstays

Thanks for the concern all, but my boat also has an adjustable permanent backstay, so the mast is well supported without the running backs. It was a very experienced sailor who suggested to me that I get them out of the way temporarily while I learned more about sailing, and the rigger who stepped the mast said they weren't necessary (while admiring the fact that I had them). Also, I sail on the Potomac River, where winds are light.
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