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The biggest complaint most people have is where to put the damn compressor, and how to keep it from rusting on you while out cruising. I bought a Nautica, now (maxair).as one of the last items to install on my tayana 37 in the spring of 95,just a few months before saling off for three years of cruising from Oregon thru the canal and the western carib, and landing in Florida. My installation was just behind the mast and bolted thru the roof in a sewing machine style type cabinet with good rubber seals around the base. It never blocked the vision from the helm and never came loose. Iv''e been diving for over 40 years and I wouldn''t have even gone on this adventure without a compressor. Of all the places we''ve been, the best looking stuff was under water. In the bay of Aqua Verde in the sea of Cortez, I had gone spearfishing one morning and upon return, I proceeded to refill my tank. When finished I happened to look over and found two tenders along side the boat. I started to apologize for making noise in fear of having awakened some of the bays cruisers, but was put to rest with the explainations that they had been up for hours, but had noticed that this same activities had gone on the day before and they couldn''t quite make out what machine I was running sfter comming back from a morning dive. I explained that although I had 4 tanks I liked to keep them full and just use one at a time so''s not to have to dig after the others in the lazarette. They confessed that they we also divers but had been afrair to use their tanks for anything other than an emergency for fear of not being able to get it refilled. They asked what i charged to fill a tank and I explained that I was not here to make a living by filling other peoples tanks for money, but if they brought by their tanks and an occasional gallon of gas or a couple cold beers I would not only fill them, but teach them how to use the compressor correctly to fill their own. Also as a dive master, I had the job of re-entroducing most of these sailors back to the water for their first time in years.
Most of these people followed us through the Sea of Cortez for the rest of the year, and others joined us on our trek south through the canal and through the carib. They have all become life long friend .
Basic understandings of mechanics is usfull as well as care and maintaniance of any equipment, and it will run forever. I sold that boat three years ago and the compressor came with me to our 42 foot Tayana Trawler. Where ever we go, San Juans or Canada ,we go in groups of boats, and everyone dives.