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Re: Who dives on their own Boat?
All this talk - go get certified. You own the gear and diving is fun and cool. There is absolutely nothing wrong with 15-year-old gear. You've had it serviced so you're good to go. But your tank needs to be hydro'd as suggested above. for newbies, or people that don't dive much, renting tanks is a good way to go.
I believe you'll want to get some experience diving before you start diving your hull. Moving about underwater with gear is more awkward than you might think. It would be much safer -and easier - for you if you had more underwater time prior to trying a hull cleaning. I also agree with having someone spot/help you. You just never know. As for diving with a buddy at 5 feet, that seems to me like following the PADI safety rules beyond reason. I prefer to dive solo, and have done so many dozens, if not hundreds of times, and not at 5 feet. Disclaimer: solo diving beyond the 5 feet or so you're talking about should only be undertaken by very experienced, thoroughly-trained divers.
I like the advice about the 50 foot regulator hose and working without a tank on, that would make it much less cumbersome. I don't trust hookahs. I have no reason not to, it's just a thing. How can you go thru more than one tank at 5 feet?
I don't know about that suction cup thing. I would grab hold of a line rigged crossways under the hull and have your helper/ spotter reposition the line as you clean from one end of the hull to the other.
All this having been said, I freedive my hull with a mask in summer, and a 3mm wetsuit in spring and fall. It's easy. Don't overthink it.
Bashing about on Lake Ontario and Beyond
"Ariel" '79 Endeavour 32
Last edited by Ritchard; 12-05-2012 at 02:43 PM.