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by fmerkel
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: March came in like a lamb at Skyline
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Re: March came in like a lamb at Skyline

Good to hear. Nice photos.
by fmerkel
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Update DAN Insurance for over 70 in Wa. State
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Re: Update DAN Insurance for over 70 in Wa. State

Good review. Some of us at MBDC have been doing similar investigation and came up with the same data. I got 'dumped' last month, and that only because I was grandfathered in.
by fmerkel
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: DIW access
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: DIW access

Bandito and a tow rope? Good PR, not as good for business. Tug of war with about 20 divers at low tide to twist the tips out into the water? Way too big to move the base. These are not your regular driftwood logs you can step over. They have a very large root ball which elevates the trunk to high wa...
by fmerkel
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: DIW access
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: DIW access

This site is bordered on the north by "Mr. Angry". I'm sure he's disappointed that the entire access is not blocked. He's historically been adversarial. The folks on the south have been friendly in the past. I did not get to talk to them on the dive as they were not home. I would hope they might be ...
by fmerkel
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: DIW access
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

DIW access

Anyone from the Tacoma area have a big chainsaw and associate knowledge to use it without harming yourself? Just did a DIW dive (lousy viz, great current, but this is not the story.) King tides and probably storms from the SW have put 2 HUGE, REALLY HUGE driftwood trees completely across the access....
by fmerkel
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire, December 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1175

Re: Bonaire, December 2019

I was referring to the flamingo pix. You see similar pix on the way to Lac Cai. But you can also see them way down south and some places way up north. Those look like south now that I look at them again.
by fmerkel
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire, December 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1175

Re: Bonaire, December 2019

Nice summary with pix to match. Looks like you did at least some east side diving? At least it's a site I don't recognize. If so, how did that go?
by fmerkel
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dive Insurance ....
Replies: 12
Views: 1211

Re: Dive Insurance ....

I believe this is a Washington State insurance regulation problem, not a DAN problem. DAN uses another insurance carrier for the actual insurance. That carrier changed the rule to exclude age 71 and older. If you already had coverage and crossed 71 years, DAN has been grandfathering those divers in...
by fmerkel
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Student looking for divers to interview
Replies: 1
Views: 1046

Re: Student looking for divers to interview

My wife and I went out with Manjari for the interview. As indicated it took about 10-15". She she's an interesting and fun person.
by fmerkel
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Student looking for divers to interview
Replies: 1
Views: 1046

Student looking for divers to interview

The Marker Buoy Dive Club was contacted by Aquarium Volunteer and UW student looking for divers for to interview for her Master's Thesis and Aquarium project. This is her posting and contact info. Really nice young lady and diver. I recommend taking a short time to support her. Fritz I am a second-y...
by fmerkel
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: My Diving Accident End of June
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: My Diving Accident End of June

Very informative report on a nasty situation. Damn!!!
Hope the transplant takes and heals well.
by fmerkel
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: HOG D1 First and Second Stage Regs -- SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: HOG D1 First and Second Stage Regs, $20

Happy to take the Hogs. PM sent.
by fmerkel
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.

I use a combination of the Docs PP, and ear beer = 50:50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar. The alcohol cuts the surface tension to allow the water in the ear to run out easier and dry more readily. The vinegar residual creates a hostile pH environment for the organisms most likely to start...
by fmerkel
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: IST Ear cover mask- Water in ear help.

Either Docs Proplugs (proper fitting is important), or JBL Hydroseal earplugs.
This thread in Scubaboard is a short synopsis. https://www.scubaboard.com/community/th ... st-8717460
by fmerkel
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Old Diver, New Area
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Old Diver, New Area

Took out a very experienced CA diver on 2 local dives. He wore a 3mm shorty under a 7mm Farmer. He was blue for about 30" after the dives.
Almost no one actually continues diving routinely year around here with a wetsuit.
by fmerkel
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3155
Views: 328916

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Deception Pass viz yesterday was awful. There was a west wind blowing thru the pass, stirring up silt and sand and kelp into the channel. Good to know that west wind will likely equal poor viz in the future! Were conditions as bad as the cancelled dive 4/27/19? Waves were 2'+ by the time we left. G...
by fmerkel
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903
Replies: 2
Views: 3284

Re: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903

Been working with a guy in the MS forum: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum This is the thread, page 3:https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/infrared-not-recognized/3a1067d3-6e58-40db-9d23-b855c51cdb0e?page=3 You can get a lot more info if you are willing to dig throug...
by fmerkel
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903
Replies: 2
Views: 3284

Infrared Computer Download - Win10 ver 1903

If you use infrared to download a dive computer, or probably any other device to a PC DO NOT UPGRADE TO Win10 ver. 1903. Something is seriously not right. There's a discussion in ScubaBoard about it. For more detailed info read from page 3 on: https://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/irda-for-wi...
by fmerkel
Thu May 23, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 1654

Re: Drysuit repair

Interesting. I have one of those but never thought to use it on the nut.

Once you have it out modify it so it's easier to grab. For that tool you could grind 3 indentations in the side for a better grip and more clearance.
by fmerkel
Wed May 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 1654

Re: Drysuit repair

I have the same valve. I have used a needle nose vise-grip to hold the nut > You can then unscrew it if it's not too corroded/tight. The needle nose works....barely. Obviously Si-Tech (it's a Si-Tech valve, no matter the sticker) wants you to have/buy a proprietary thin wall large socket for this. T...
by fmerkel
Wed May 01, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4412
Views: 492039

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

OUTSTANDING! I'll forward the picture and see how he wants to handle the next step.
Thank you.
by fmerkel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2223

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Sunday/26 is probably a better day, and later!, with slack around 10. Monday is fine and an hour and a quarter later yet. Tues is maybe OK with slack around noon but the flood and ebb are nearly equal which could make some odd things happen. Last year we had a failure to reverse current for about 30...
by fmerkel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2223

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Amazing to get that shrimp hitchhiking on the jelly. Really nice hydroid + nudi picture.
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?
Replies: 5
Views: 1028

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

If you have to find an allen wrench to convert the TANK, that's a covertible valve, 3442 and shallower threads than 3500psi/HP.

What reg is up for offer? You've never specified.
by fmerkel
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 4/13/2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2223

Re: Deception Pass 4/13/2019

Planning on being at DP on the 27th. I'd check it out but have to be back in Seattle later.