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OK guys, look at the book "Sailing the farm" it has all the plans and even measurements to make one. They are simple and can probaly do it for under 100.00 if you get creative. Use what is in the book for nothing more than a reference.
The one I have made and use makes about 8 to 10 gallons a day, which is plenty to keep the h2o tanks topped off.
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150 PSI, oil less pancake compressor from sears. Only a 2 stage regulator is needed due to the low pressure of the output, 50 feet of hose, running off of a 1500 inverter. Always have air and it runs as long as needed, no filling of high pressure tanks. Do not have room for them anyway. We are not into diving, so this fits our needs at a reasonable cost. It is also neat to be attached to the boat by the hose. (Hose being up graded to that related to specific breathing needs at this time.) While under the hull you can hear the unit cycling on and off so are able to monitor what is happening above. We are never below 5' with it.

The compressor is permanently stored below, and is never used while the engine is operating.

This setup has been used by a diver friend of ours in this area for boat owner service for the last 10 years or so, and ours is an exact copy of his, except that it can also be used when away from the dock.
Very interesting setup! Being able to stay down, even in shallow water is very handy. It's a boat, after all, and at times stuff happens - rope around the shaft or whatever.

Not sure the air quality is suitable for prolonged diving, but sure sounds good. Especially because being electric, it does not produce fumes to be drawn into the compressor and sent below. Do make sure there is ample fresh air without any type of fume at the air intake, under the pressure of water your lungs will absorb more fumes, just like beer under pressure absorbs more CO2.

Very nifty, practical, and affordable setup, I like it a lot. Thanks for the extra description.

On further thought, I would not be afraid to go to 20 ft. with it. Just pinch you nose and try to exhale out of it, that should equalize the pressure in your sinuses and ears so there will not be any pain. Don't ignore pain, just clear it. If you have a cold it might not work, or perhaps when coming up you will feel pain or numbness in the front teeth, but that will clear with time and swallowing.

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I'm curious why some others, in similar cruising grounds stock up so much food.
We stock up so much in the event of a natural disaster here on the west coast.
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I'd have to give up beer and THAT is against MY religion!
An Irish Catholic that's NOT an alcoholic? Not in MY family. We follow tradition. lol
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OK, here's a question for those who are stocking up.

Why?
Natural disasters. Oh, there could be some other things that happen, but if you're on the west coast and you're not ready for a large earthquake that could devastate the place for a while, you're not using your noggin.
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Brent, how do you keep your rice and beans from going all buggy and wormy before six months? Is it just cold where you are?
I can tell you how we've kept things bug free on our current boat for about a year now, and also on our others.

We have large plastic jars with screw on lids. After we open a bag of rice, beans, or whatever, we dump the rest into one of the jars to keep the critters and moisture out. It's worked like a charm. I think we paid about $2 per jar and bought about 20 of them. It has worked for us.

We also keep a lot of canned food. We figure that it will take a lot of water to reconstitute dried foods and canned foods come with their own water. You can drink most all of the leftover water from cans of veggies. I look at that as just more water storage.
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We keep fuel and water at the max, at all times. The food varies a lot, many canned items always on board, probably 2 months supply. Fridge always on, with frozen turkey steaks, turkey dogs, black bean burgers, etc..
Sounds like we have similar ideas. We've got about the same things going with our boat.
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Forget earthquakes, I'm stocked up for zombie attacks. Bourbon and bullets.
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We dig the pig.
+1 everything is better with a little pork fat. Yum.
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An Irish Catholic that's NOT an alcoholic? Not in MY family. We follow tradition. lol
Irish Catholic: Breed like rabbits and drink like fish
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