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Can't hold my breath like I used to. Any recommendations for a breathing system? Looked at mantus and spare air but wondering about a simple DC compressor and hose?

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Can't hold my breath like I used to. Any recommendations for a breathing system? Looked at mantus and spare air but wondering about a simple DC compressor and hose?
I bought a HookaMax for that same purpose. 75' hose.

Ive not yet used it....hoping to scrape as needed before the hull becomes a real problem/project.
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Re: beathing apparatus for or bottom maintenaince

Search the forum for "hookah". There have been numerous, long threads about what is needed.
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Re: beathing apparatus for or bottom maintenaince

Work from the surface using snorkel gear. Put your scraper or scrub pad on an eight foot pole. This will enable you to access the whole boat without diving. I can clean my 44 ft boat in an hour even when I have major barnacle encrustations. I use an eight inch wide scraper.
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That is a good idea - how do you attach the scraper to the pole, though?
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... a simple DC compressor and hose?
You'll want a diving compressor. Standard compressors put stuff in the air that you don't want to breathe.
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You could also look at, www.minidive.com, or SCORKL. DO NOT use these deeper than 10-15 feet unless you are scuba trained and understand the physics.
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I bought a HookaMax for that same purpose. 75' hose.

Ive not yet used it....hoping to scrape as needed before the hull becomes a real problem/project.
That sounds like an incredibly dangerous setup. There is a very good reason that noncommercial hookas do not use hoses longer than 30 feet. Unless you are a certified diver I would recommend that you do not use that 75' setup until you have your diving certification. But hey, it is your life!

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Re: beathing apparatus for or bottom maintenaince

Hey,

A friend and I split the cost of a Hoohak and we will share it. I have used it once and I think it will work very very well.

I used to just use a mask and snorkel, but that was getting tough to do. With the hookah I can do a much better job of cleaning the bottom of the 6' keel. The setup we bought has 100' of hose. It seems long, but with a 36' boat I don't need to worry about running out of hose. I'm never down more than 6-8', the hose is to be able to comfortably reach the bow and stern. My hookah has a small tank and DC compressor. I connect it to the boat battery and it easily lasts an hour, which is more than I need.

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Re: beathing apparatus for or bottom maintenaince

We use the Sea Breathe deck snorkel. I think it is the most expensive 12 volt DC hooka rig on the market, but when my life is on the line, I'm not one to go the cheap route.
It has quality fittings and is extremely well made. Ours is around 8 years old and operates like new. We use it frequently to clean the bottom after the antifouling fails to antifoul anymore.
Breathing air underwater is one of the most dangerous things a human being can do. The slightest contamination of that air or a few air or nitrogen bubbles in your blood can do an amazing amount of damage to your body, and if not fatal, it can be a lifelong infirmity.

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