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by Grateful Diver
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: NWDC T-Shirts - Help Choose a Color
Replies: 41
Views: 5932

Re: NWDC T-Shirts - Help Choose a Color

Rich Red ...
by Grateful Diver
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!
Replies: 29
Views: 3824

Re: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!

Not surprising ... it was a pretty big ebb last night (about 12 feet) ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!
Replies: 29
Views: 3824

Re: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!

Well, the vis was basically clear and the lumpies were out. Found four last night ... two of them were pretty big (for lumpies ... which means about the size of a bumblebee) ... https://scontent.fsea1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/23593672_853596988153994_3149014546294404935_o.jpg?oh=f14b4914c8e634cfe7f...
by Grateful Diver
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! Saturday, Dec. 9th at Redondo!
Replies: 74
Views: 7171

Re: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! Saturday, Dec. 9th at Redondo!

I will be there, and will be bringing along a "Little Buddy" ... aka, a fairly new diver who I've been mentoring since he finished his OW class. Hopefully I can introduce him to some of you who he can start diving with, as I'm doing limited diving these days.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Build a reef at Redondo
Replies: 26
Views: 5186

Re: Build a reef at Redondo

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the existing reef structure and junk. I'd like a diver elevator at the end of the fishing pier. And, the elimination of fishing. I'll trust that's humor, because positioning the diving community against the fishing community would be a losing propositio...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Barkley Sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1325

Re: Barkley Sound

There can be many reasons why he would have chosen a closer site ... usually driven by either schedule or conditions. I've dived up there many times, and learned to trust his judgment when he defers to take us to a preferred site.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: air consumption curiosity
Replies: 11
Views: 2419

Re: air consumption curiosity

Yes, using a drysuit will help you reduce your air consumption ... but not for the reasons you might think. Ultimately you'll end up diving more often, because you'll be more comfortable. And the more you dive, the lower your air consumption becomes due to improvements in technique that come with ex...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh 10/06/2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2156

Re: ThThTh 10/06/2017

Hey I get to post some pics this time ... did the early dive with Tom Nic ... https://scontent.fsjc1-3.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22289992_834449710068722_5857501085421175343_o.jpg?oh=8ba0fb2eec689b1230bd899e9335efba&oe=5A87750C https://scontent.fsjc1-3.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22181410_834449713402...
by Grateful Diver
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Where to get Argon fills
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Re: Where to get Argon fills

Tacoma Scuba also does argon fills ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Staying warm on a budget
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: Staying warm on a budget

I have an old Weezle Extreme undie I will give you for your budgeted $0 ... you just have to make your way to Federal Way to pick it up. It's well-worn and patched, but better than what you're using ... and should give you plenty of thermal protection for a winter, at least.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dive light
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: Dive light

I disagree about the pushbutton. I just sent one back because the button failed after only two dives. I was told they've had some come back already. This is a new design, and I think it's got some bugs. I replaced it with the more standard twist-on version, as it's a proven, reliable design. That sa...
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: epic Redondo dive ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

epic Redondo dive ...

Every once in a while I hit the jackpot at Redondo. Last night was one of those times. Met my dive buddy Michael Wong at aroung 5:30, and hit the water about 6:15. Vis was crap down to about 50 feet, where it opened up to 10-12 feet, and got progressively (slightly) better as we went deeper. Found a...
by Grateful Diver
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Where would you retire in the USA to live and Dive?
Replies: 27
Views: 4114

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

Comparing per County property taxes rates in the state vs diving potential, I'd say Port Townsend looks like a good balance. Stay out of the city of Port Townsend, it is a Seattle-esq socialistic nightmare on a smaller scale and will get worse as Seattle does. However, the surrounding communities a...
by Grateful Diver
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: North Channel Islands
Replies: 25
Views: 2990

Re: North Channel Islands

Gdog wrote:Bob I saw the Peace out there, and yes, a bit, but fancy isn't a fitting word for the Conception... Lol.


Channel Islands boats are more bunkaboards than liveaboards ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Maui Diving Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: Maui Diving Recommendations

Second the shore diving ... I found it to be quite good. Besides the above mentioned, I really liked Makena Landing in Kihei and Black Rock in Lahaina. Ahihi Cove on the south side of the island is also quite nice.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Maui Diving Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: Maui Diving Recommendations

Dive shops in Maui are like coffee shops in Seattle ... they're on every corner. And which is "best" often depends on what part of Maui you're going to. If you're going to be in the Kihei area, I'd recommend B&B Scuba. What I liked about them is that they would at least make an effort ...
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: North Channel Islands
Replies: 25
Views: 2990

Re: North Channel Islands

The northern Channel Islands are some awesome diving. If you ever get the chance to make it up to San Miguel, by all means take it.

That boat looks a lot fancier than the Peace, which is the one I was always going out on.

Nice pics ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Where would you retire in the USA to live and Dive?
Replies: 27
Views: 4114

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

Depends on what kind of diving you want to do. Northern Florida is pretty cheap if you're into cave diving. Or along the panhandle for diving out of Panama City or elsewhere along the Gulf Coast. The Carolinas for coastal wrecks. All of those places have reasonably easy access to Central American or...
by Grateful Diver
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: New Diver in Kitsap!
Replies: 9
Views: 1913

Re: New Diver in Kitsap!

I'm spending most of my time in Bremerton these days. Wouldn't mind finding some contacts and dive sites out on that side of the Sound. Most of my recent diving is being done with my girlfriend's son, who just recently got certified.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Open water Class
Replies: 2
Views: 1597

Re: Open water Class

My girlfriend's son just got OW certified by Don Pierce at Bellevue UWS. Seems to have done a great job, by all I can tell from having done some dives with him post-OW.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Redondo Bottle Field
Replies: 4
Views: 1271

Re: Redondo Bottle Field

North or south bottle field?

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Poor Eels
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Poor Eels

Several years ago there was an incident of a Korean ship coming into Barkley Sound and using divers to poach several hundred wolf eels. This was back when Dave and Renate still owned Rendezvous, so it would've been prior to 2004. The ship was confiscated, but the people on board had by then killed a...
by Grateful Diver
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! July 16 @ Sund Rock
Replies: 68
Views: 8004

Re: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! July 16 @ Sund Rock

... scratch the canopy off my list ... I don't think we're gonna need it anyway ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sixgill at Redondo
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Sixgill at Redondo

Most of my sixgill encounters have been above 100 feet ... my first, with Valerie and Bob Lew, was at Redondo at a depth of roughly 40 feet ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! July 16 @ Sund Rock
Replies: 68
Views: 8004

Re: Club Dive! Club Dive! Club Dive! July 16 @ Sund Rock

I'll bring some burgers, buns, sweet onions, and whatever toppings I can pull out of my refrigerator. Also a small grill and a canopy.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)