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Re: Who dives on their own Boat?
I dive the boat (32') - I enjoy it, and clean the bottom, replace zincs, inspect, etc. I basically enjoy being underwater, so for me it is both economical and a pleasure - especially if you have all of the kit! Just make sure it is serviced, inspected, and functional!! Like msmith, it's about the only time I get to dive nowadays.....
Depending on where your boat is, I should caution you that it's not always fun and games. Where I am, in summer visibility is maybe 1 foot, so it can be dark, dirty and frustrating. In winter I get about 2-3 feet visibility, but that first few seconds when you get in.....brrrrr!
Get certified. There are a few basics you need to learn which could kill you if you don't know them, and lots of practical skills (like cleaning you mask while underwater) which will be useful. When you dive, I strongly recommended you have somebody on the surface to keep an eye on you. Things can go wrong, even in 2-5 feet, and you should never dive alone. BTW, a 2-3 knot current is not bad - I would dive in slack tide if I were you, otherwise you'll find it hard to stay on the hull for cleaning. It's hard enough sometimes with no tide!