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by BillZ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: INMAR RIBS
Replies: 15
Views: 322

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 :supz...
by BillZ
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: INMAR RIBS
Replies: 15
Views: 322

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: 749

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: 340

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: 293

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: 621

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: 469

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: 749

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/slundy/175980?solstice_selected_button=btn_56ba8ae707e4a1438b0bb63b98c0e74b_1&...
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: 709

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: 643

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: 643

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
by BillZ
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Water in SPG Gauge
Replies: 7
Views: 597

Re: Water in SPG Gauge

No matter how it happened the SPG is toast and can't be trusted now that salt water has entered the main housing. As John mentioned, the brass & glass SPGs are much more reliable and you can pick one up for ~$60 at Dive Gear Express. EDIT - I found one exactly like yours in my "scuba stuff&...
by BillZ
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Returned from Red Sea Diving near Sharm el sheik
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Returned from Red Sea Diving near Sharm el sheik

Great insights on Egypt and the Red Sea! I'm headed over next month for my third trip with Red Sea Explorers. Your DM wasn't pulling your leg on the wind. I've been through a couple of rough days on the Red Sea and it can get really sporty. The dives on our trips have always been planned on a day-by...
by BillZ
Wed May 30, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sund Rock changes
Replies: 38
Views: 2765

Re: Sund Rock changes

It's been a couple of years since I've dove Sund Rock, but isn't $15 less expensive that it was in the past? I'm not sure I'd hold any animosity towards the Sund family. It costs money to keep the site open to the public.... - Porta-poty maintenance costs money - Liability insurance is expensive (th...
by BillZ
Mon May 21, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?
Replies: 23
Views: 1445

Re: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?

Dropping the knees is typically a sign of light feet. Try having your buddy shifting his tak down (BC up). Small adjustments of in inch or less is all it usually takes.
by BillZ
Fri May 18, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?
Replies: 23
Views: 1445

Re: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?

The real solution is to just buy a scooter - you'll never have to worry about those pesky fins again! Just kidding (well sort of..) . I dove floaty atomic split fins for years - making adjustments to your tank and weight placement really helps. If your boots are too big fin keepers can help prevent ...
by BillZ
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 15.5' Inflatable Dive Boat, $5500
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Re: 15.5' Inflatable Dive Boat, $4500

Wow - If someone is looking for a great Puget Sound dive platform at a good price this is it.
by BillZ
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Selling tons of Scientific Diving Gear!
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Selling tons of Scientific Diving Gear!

If the hard weights are bare lead (not plastic coated) I'll take the whole set

If the Aluminum 80's are plain and unpainted I'll take those

I'm also interested in the lift bag if you can provide more details
by BillZ
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Atomic Cobalt computer issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1152

Re: Atomic Cobalt computer issues

I've had several dive computers over the years and have to say my Shearwater Petrel is the best I've ever owned. I've never had an issue with it and love the fact that the battery is a field replaceable single AA. As for their service, as I mentioned I've had no problems with the computer so no serv...
by BillZ
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Is old air really an issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 827

Re: Is old air really an issue?

The air in your tanks should be fine. I did a 180 ft dive this year on gas that was 8 years old (it was 18/45 and there was now way I was going to let $100 worth of gas go to waste).
by BillZ
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Places to eat after diving?
Replies: 21
Views: 1831

Re: Places to eat after diving?

Great thread! - An Admin needs to complile the list and make it a sticky,,, Mukiltio - The Diamonk Knot - there is nothing like warming up with an IPA and hot rock sandwich Keystone - Toby's in Coupville for a huge helping of oysters Alki - Luna Cafe - Stick to your ribs food and funky and cool serv...
by BillZ
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Travel Bag
Replies: 17
Views: 1392

Re: Travel Bag

I''ve had the same costco bag as Gdog for the past 8 years - about 25 dive trips. It looks a bit beat up but the zippers, wheels, handle and material are in good shape and I have no plans on replacing it anytime soon.
by BillZ
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Diving Hawaii Big Island
Replies: 11
Views: 1635

Re: Diving Hawaii Big Island

As a cephalogoddess you may be a bit disappointed in Hawaii diving. Hawaii in general is great for big stuff - turtles, sharks, rays, dolphins and schools of fish - it's not so great for the macro life.
by BillZ
Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Diving Hawaii Big Island
Replies: 11
Views: 1635

Re: Diving Hawaii Big Island

Where are you staying? We travel to the BI 2X a year and I've dove most of the sites. Your location and the waves are the determining factor on where you can dive. My personal favorite is Two Step south of Captain Cook and next to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. I've seen everything H...
by BillZ
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Where would you retire in the USA to live and Dive?
Replies: 27
Views: 2172

Re: Where would you retire in the USA to live and Dive?

Puerto Rico is a US territory, relatively inexpensive and is a couple of hour plane flight to the mainland if the need arises. I've heard mixed reviews on the diving but at least the water is warm ;-) The Big Island of Hawaii is more reasonable than you'd expect. Once you get outside of Kona a house...

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