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12-17-2012 06:25 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

It all depends on what kind of shape you're in, how much you use the snorkel and how big thr boat is!
12-17-2012 06:15 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

Originally Posted by Penceler View Post
Just get yourself a little pony tank and make life easy
A pony bottle is unlikely to provide enough air for an inexperienced hull cleaner to get through the job comfortably, if at all.
12-17-2012 06:11 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

Just get yourself a little pony tank and make life easy
12-05-2012 11:26 PM
Southron Spirit
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

take the classes , send the regulator out to get checked out , i wear a skate board helmet with a light clamped to it when i removed my swing keel .. i would highly recomend you keep a pocket knife with a lanyard attached to you if you get hung up in some fishing line your sunk without it .
12-05-2012 10:32 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

I clean more often when all I spend is my effort rather than writing a check. Sorta fun too!
12-05-2012 10:18 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

Now thats the the meat of this topic. I wanted to take care of it my self and save the $75 bucks a month I have paid all summer. So I will do it... I will get trained and dive, dive,dive. Sounds like fun. I can do some beach stuff in my skiff while I learn at the beach and river looking for teeth. this summer I will free dive without the tank at the dock and see if I can clean the bottom without tanks.

Thanks guys.
12-05-2012 07:57 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

I was already certified as a diver when I decided it was in my best interest to clean my bottom. I paid $300 for some used dive gear on craigslist and my investment was paid back in 6 months.
12-05-2012 07:01 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

I agree with all the tips about safety and getting properly trained. Concerning gear, my experience has been electric hookah with a full face mask is the hot ticket for bottom cleaning. No tank capacity limit to downtime under a boat, no refills, little bulk while diving and if you get a 12vdc unit, you can have cleaning or repair access almost anywhere or anytime. That said you do lose flexibility of use since you have a surface unit to deal with, but we are talking bottom cleaning here! YMMV
12-05-2012 06:57 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

Myself at 56 and friends who are as old as 70 do fine with a snorkel cleaning boats up to 35' with 7' draft

BUT as we mostly race they get wiped down weekly and it rarely takes more than a soft washcloth or sponge and is a nice way to cool down after work on weeknight

In the Northport area due to the amount of nitrogen from the sewer plant the barnacle larvae are rather prolific in season and it gets pretty ugly if you let it go long enough for then to gain a foothold
12-05-2012 06:56 PM
Re: Who dives on their own Boat?

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
I take it, you've never taught anyone to dive. A skilled diver could make an 80 cf tank last about 90 mins near the surface, maybe more. However, even that skilled diver is going to be out of breath as they scrub a hull and breath more deeply than usual. So take off some margin from that and tell me how big the hull is. There is some point where the amount of work and the time in the bottle intersect.

Add newbie to it and I wager 30 minutes. I've had students in my past that have cleaned out an 80 cf tank in the training pool doing little more than sitting there doing mask work. Huffing and puffing like they were going burst a vein in fear.

Experience calms one down and more experience allows one to regulate their breathing cadence.
I was suggesting that the OP get some experience. This is in part to keep from hoovering a tank. Never having done it, I don't know how long a tank lasts at 5 feet, but since you can get an easy hour out of one at 35 feet, I'd bet you can get two hours out of one at 5 feet.

Add in scrubbing - my boat is much more modest than yours - I'm sure I can do my whole 32 footer in a half hour. But of course, I am in fresh water so it's just slime.

Anyhow, for a modest boat, I still think a tank would do it, unless it is encrusted as the OP found his when he bought it. Of course, I've been wrong many times.
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