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by BillZ
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Where to go on my next dive trip???
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: Where to go on my next dive trip???

Red Sea Explorers is the ultimate in dive your own profile luxury. If you're up for an adventure, during the Winter-Spring they take one of their boats to Sudan and dive some amazing sites that are rarely seen. Red Sea liveaboard trips are surprisingly affordable... Yep - I believe the Egyptian gov...
by BillZ
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Seattle area shore dives some guidance or suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Seattle area shore dives some guidance or suggestions

Northwest Shore Dives is the bible for Puget Sound Diving. It's out of print but you can pick up a used copy on Amazon. Day Island Wall is probably the best shore dive in the Puget Sound but I'd suggest that you go with someone that knows how to dive it until you learn how to bracket slack. It's a r...
by BillZ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Where to go on my next dive trip???
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: Where to go on my next dive trip???

Red Sea Explorers is the ultimate in dive your own profile luxury. If you're up for an adventure, during the Winter-Spring they take one of their boats to Sudan and dive some amazing sites that are rarely seen.
by BillZ
Sun May 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Travel to Roatan
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Travel to Roatan

Agreed that the travel from the PNW is unacceptable in many ways. Egypt...... still not faster or cheaper travel though! The liveaboards are dirt cheap. Heck much cheaper than a retirement home or an RV park! The Snefro Love has 7 day trips for 900 bucks! Three years ago I flew British out of Vanco...
by BillZ
Sun May 12, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Travel to Roatan
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Travel to Roatan

My wife and I love Roatan - We've done CocoView three times and Anthony Key once. We used to be able to get flights there through Houston or Miami for around $500. Now-a-days the flights to RTB from the PNW have gotten to be too convoluted and too expensive to make it worth our while. For the price ...
by BillZ
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: God's Pocket is back, and better than ever!
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: God's Pocket is back, and better than ever!

Wow - Chris and Bea are now running Gods Pocket - You couldn't ask for a better couple to run the resort.

I still remember Bea's awesome food from the between-dive sugar shack on the Nanaimo dock - the best surface interval ever!
by BillZ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Cleaning out the closet
Replies: 17
Views: 917

Re: Cleaning out the closet

Hi Wayne... If the G250's are in good shape I'll take both of them I'll also take both of the 95's PM me with the details.. Sorry Billz, the G250's were gone in about 10 minutes The 95's are yours. I'll need to clean the writing off them as best I can for you. There's a hydro facility I get a nice ...
by BillZ
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Cleaning out the closet
Replies: 17
Views: 917

Re: Cleaning out the closet

Hi Wayne...
If the G250's are in good shape I'll take both of them

I'll also take both of the 95's

PM me with the details..
by BillZ
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?

Building a single tank hookah rig for cleaning hulls and maintenance related hull work and I long ago made the switch to DIN from yoke and now all my tanks are DIN and while I thought I had a extra DIN 1st stage in the dive locker to build this rig it turns out it is a yoke and that wont work, I su...
by BillZ
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig

I would just get a steel and separate ali plates. They are pretty cheap. Actually more expensive but also viable would be to get an ali plate and a weighted sta. Use the cam band slots and the ali plate travelling and the same plate with the ~6lb STA locally. But two plates is actually cheaper. +1 ...
by BillZ
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Looking for Key Largo Recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Looking for Key Largo Recommendations

We did a group charter with Horizon Divers and they were great.
https://www.horizondivers.com/

I've also gone out with Silent World and they were really good
https://silentworld.com/

Just a suggestion... Since you have a limited amount of time to dive, talk to you boss and have him do a pool refresher here before your trip.
by BillZ
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Cuda 400 needs a new battery
Replies: 7
Views: 1259

Re: Cuda 400 needs a new battery

Hey Jake - I had mine rebuilt two years ago by Batteryspace and the cost was around $400 plus shipping ($320 for the batteries and $80 labor). They did a top notch job and used hi quality cells. I haven't properly tested the battery but recently did a 70 minute scooter run and ended up towing my bud...
by BillZ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: INMAR RIBS
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

Re: INMAR RIBS

Current boat is a SIB, I was thinking of one of these to replace it. Part of me wants to go Aluminum RIB, but I use it just for running around close to home in the south sound, and I can buy ~3 SIB's for the cost of a RIB..... My dream boat is the Harbor Patrol boat that hangs around Cove Two While...
by BillZ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: INMAR RIBS
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

Re: INMAR RIBS

Are you looking at a SIB (Soft Inflatable Boat) or RIB (Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat) ? Although I dont have any in depth experience with Inmar, I looked at one when a was RIB shopping. They seem to be a solid boat. I would make sure the tube material is Hypalon and not PVC. FYI... Although Zodiac has...
by BillZ
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sixgill sightings: database?
Replies: 9
Views: 1333

Re: Sixgill sightings: database?

Update: More info if interested... I played with the reef.org data some more and warm water temperatures (especially 54F+) and depth (>80ft) both correlate strongly with sixgill sighting frequencies. Perhaps the seasonality seen in the graph above might simply be a reflection of this pattern: they ...
by BillZ
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Who wants to upgrade from a Perdix AI
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Who wants to upgrade from a Perdix AI

If you're open to an even-Steven trade, I'm looking for a deep sea sub....

http://tritonsubs.com/products-services ... /t33001md/
by BillZ
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tipping deck hands
Replies: 1
Views: 598

Re: Tipping deck hands

For guided dives the going rate for a DM tip is $10 per dive. As for tipping the deckhands on local charters it's customary to leave between $10 - $20 for the day. This is usually split between the deckhand and captain. As for multi-day trips I usually tip at the end unless the crew changes during m...
by BillZ
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: LP95's for sale
Replies: 10
Views: 1169

Re: LP95's for sale

Bob, How do these compare to HP 80s? Weight? I'd like to get rid of an HP 100 and get something easy for a quick/ shallow dive? Kirsten They are actually bigger than a HP 100 (weight and size). The LP 95's are basically the same size and dimensions as a HP119. If you'd like to swap a HP100 for a HP...
by BillZ
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Found a bag
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Found a bag

8/17/18, left or lost one handed opening bag for crabs at Edgewater Beach in Everett. Hi Bob - I think think bag is mine. It's yellow with a fine mesh and double ended bolt snap on the top. No biggie on getting it back to me soon - I'm headed to the Red Sea for 2 weeks and crab season is pretty muc...
by BillZ
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sixgill sightings: database?
Replies: 9
Views: 1333

Re: Sixgill sightings: database?

Scott Lundy was keeping a database a few years back but he finished his medical degree and moved to Cleveland. He now works 80+ hours a week so I'm not sure if he still monitors it.

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/slu ... 6c642f250b
by BillZ
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Checkout dives this weekend at Battleground Lake
Replies: 12
Views: 1343

Re: Checkout dives this weekend at Battleground Lake

Welcome to the board!
Just a suggestion, but I would take back the wetsuits and boots before you use them and get drysuits. Typically, Most folks that regularly dive in our NW waters dive dry.
by BillZ
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Another sixgill sighting
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Another sixgill sighting

johndo88 wrote:That is a great video. I was there last Friday and got skunked. Well done! Can you tell us how deep you were?



We were at 90ft close to the bottle field.
by BillZ
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Another sixgill sighting
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Another sixgill sighting

We saw her Tuesday night around the bottle field. She swam under, around and between us for about 5 minutes until she started to get a bit too aggressive for comfort.





https://vimeo.com/283886250