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10-01-2008 09:26 AM
pfbanyas For the cost invested a scuba tank or two on a boat with a 50 foot hose in my opinion is your best entrance to being 'safely' equiped for any below the waterline boat maintenance. Yes I realize they need to be filled and that isn't always available but in many 'popular (read not necessarily in the remotest reaches of the world here)' areas there are hotel dive shops, and beach front dive shops, and dive boats anchored who can provide a quick fill. I have two tanks I keep under my bunk down below. If I need it I can pull it out and then refill it and put it back. A mask, weight belt, and regulator round out the picture. On occasion you even get to help others with rope on a prop or fixing something else under the boat. On that rare occasion when something falls from some ones boat in 50 feet you can even be the hero who throws on the scuba tank and rescues it. Of course that implies you have the other necessary gear in your locker for scuba.

If however you want to 'snorkle' away from the boat and can afford it then hookah does seem the way to go.

With all the other monetary hemmoraging I am doing though I just cannot afford the hookah. Be safe and have fun.

Pat
Marguerite
10-01-2008 08:13 AM
trantor12020 For those price quoted, I'll stay with my friend's self-made hookah anytime. Can't really justify that kind of money for ocassional cleaning of hull and keel. But this 12V system is really good for snorkling in shallow water/reefs.
09-30-2008 09:03 PM
sailingdog Yeah, but you keep having to get the tank refilled...

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Get a used, cheap aluminum scuba tank and a very long regulator hose, and you'll have enough money left over to get scuba certified so you can have your tank filled.

09-30-2008 08:41 PM
LoTech
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I dont need very deep dives on our lake as the visibility is really poor, but time enough to do a bottom clean is important to me. The 120 volt rig I used was great, but would really like to be able to use it away from the pier. Maybe driving a 120 volt rig with and inverter would be a solution?
DD
Get a used, cheap aluminum scuba tank and a very long regulator hose, and you'll have enough money left over to get scuba certified so you can have your tank filled.

09-30-2008 08:35 PM
xort Watch the run times for 12 volt systems. Deep cycle batteries should only be drawn down to about 50%, maybe 40% for a sealed battery. One of the 12 volt systems, I don't remember which, was using 90% of the battery to get their 1 hour run time.

And how long will you need to run your generator to recharge that battery?

I like the small generator as part of a modular system. The 110 volt hooka is the cheapest choice and the generator can be used for other things aboard or ashore. Just watch the fumes!
09-30-2008 07:26 PM
j34035 I have looked at the seabreathe 12 volt system, and it looks pretty good, but expensive. The Brownie is about$1000 for the 120 volt system. I have thought about the generator idea, but still think the 12dc system would work for me. Good feedback here, thanks for the thoughts!
DD
09-30-2008 12:52 PM
SEMIJim
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Originally Posted by Fstbttms View Post
Also have a look at SeaBreath:

Sea Breathe, The Electric Snorkle
That looks like a neat thing and exactly what I'd need for our boat, but $1200.00? That ain't gonna happen. (Not saying it's not worth it, mind you.)

Jim
09-30-2008 10:54 AM
Richard108 I have a 12 volt Power Snorkel that floats behind you when you are diving. It allows you to dive around an away from the boat. We have just been on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and used it extensively and found it easy to use and have had no problems.

Battery life is a bit over an hour on a charge. We have a spare battery and can charge the batteries in a socket in the boat, though battery charging is slow.

The quoted 6m with two diver and 12m depth with one diver is conservative. We can dive to about 8-9 m with two divers though the air gets thinner.

We purchased it in Australia and they can be seen on the following web site

aquasea.com.au/index_files/12Volt_Power_Snorkel.htm
09-30-2008 09:47 AM
PBzeer Once I have the spare money, my solution is this. I already have a Honda 2000 generator. All I need now is an oil-less compressor, a regulator and hose. This is the same setup that the person who did my bottom in Florida used.
09-30-2008 09:31 AM
sailingdog that's gonna use up a lot of battery power...hope you got a big battery bank. If you want to use a 120 VAC powered unit, you could always run it from a Honda Generator... or something similar...but if that is the case, why not just get a gasoline powered unit to begin with.
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I dont need very deep dives on our lake as the visibility is really poor, but time enough to do a bottom clean is important to me. The 120 volt rig I used was great, but would really like to be able to use it away from the pier. Maybe driving a 120 volt rig with and inverter would be a solution?
DD
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