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by BillZ
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Current insensitive boat dives?
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Current insensitive boat dives?

A couple more sites....

The War Hawk and Eds Fault on Discovery Bay
by BillZ
Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Current insensitive boat dives?
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Current insensitive boat dives?

Dive Sites: China Wall Shilshole Barges (be careful with summer boat traffic) Pretty much anything on Hood Canal Maury Island Barges Saltwater State Park (some current but manageable) Alki Fishing Reef (you can get current on really big exchanges but still doable) KVI Tower (some current but manage...
by BillZ
Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: Anacourdes
Replies: 6
Views: 1473

Re: Anacourdes

Rosario Beach is a beginner friendly site also.
by BillZ
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: which dive computer to get
Replies: 10
Views: 1548

Re: which dive computer to get

If you're looking for a console AI computer I have a Cobra 2 with quick disconnect that I'm selling for $250. PM me if your interested.

Here's a link to the Cobra 3 - which is basically the same computer

http://www.primescuba.com/suunto-cobra- ... fgodYSQASA
by BillZ
Sat May 23, 2015 1:35 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cleaning Boat Hull
Replies: 19
Views: 1721

Re: Cleaning Boat Hull

If your boat is an inboard/outboard then for sure paint the stern drive. If its an outboard and you can lift the motor out of the water then you'll be ok without it. So after thinking this over I'm going with two coats of the non-ablative hull paint. They said it should last 2-3 seasons. I don't kee...
by BillZ
Mon May 18, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cleaning Boat Hull
Replies: 19
Views: 1721

Re: Cleaning Boat Hull

Wow, this is very helpful information! Do you happen to know of a good place on the sound (moored in Seattle) to have this work done? I was quoted $75-125/foot (boat length) by a place up in Edmonds. They did mention sanding so I'm hoping it was for the second method you wrote about, though they sa...
by BillZ
Mon May 18, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cleaning Boat Hull
Replies: 19
Views: 1721

Re: Cleaning Boat Hull

Another option...
I've never done it but some people I know will bring their boat into to Lake Washington every 3-4 weeks and leave it for a couple of days. From what I've been told the fresh water will kill the growth and then you can scrub the hull with a deck brush and it will be as good as new.
by BillZ
Mon May 18, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cleaning Boat Hull
Replies: 19
Views: 1721

Re: Cleaning Boat Hull

Don't leave your boat in the water too long without bottom paint!! It is a huge PIA to clean once the barnacles take hold and you'll be scrubbing dime sized calcified circles off your hull for hours (take it from me - not fun!). They can actually ruin your gel coat. Bottom painting a boat is no smal...
by BillZ
Fri May 08, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer
Replies: 7
Views: 1403

Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

I did a 10 day circumnavigation trip of Vancouver Island on the Nautilus Explorer a few years ago. The Explorer is a great boat and Mike Lever runs a really good operation.
by BillZ
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Wreck of The General
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: The Wreck of The General

LCF wrote:Adult yelloweyes? Enough to make me want to do a tech dive :)



Let me know if you'd like a tour :-)
by BillZ
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Wreck of The General
Replies: 5
Views: 832

The Wreck of The General

https://vimeo.com/125687021 m The wreck of The General is a 205 ft converted scow that rests in 180 foot of water. It was intentionally sunk in the late 60's by General Howard McGee (know as "The General" by his neighbors) as an artificial reef and fish habitat. The General, an avid fishe...
by BillZ
Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: RIB on Craigslist
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: RIB on Craigslist

Tubes will be huge, you'll need a ladder. Inboard takes up a ton of interior room. Heavy as hell, needs a full ton to haul it. Might be overwidth with the tubes inflated. On the other hand, will be super fun to haul ass in a small craft advisory. It looks like the engine compartment is only about a...
by BillZ
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Big tank to borrow?
Replies: 30
Views: 3530

Re: Big tank to borrow?

Classic NWDC- an innocent "I want a bigger tank" thread turns into "you're going to die!" Lol. Ya probably succeeded in scaring the shit out of poor ScubaJess - Now she won't even use the hottub without nitrox and a and an O2 bottle for deco. :-) It would be interesting to ask t...
by BillZ
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: RIB on Craigslist
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: RIB on Craigslist

KneeDeep wrote:Buy it, and I'll bring back the next time I'm down in San Diego :)


You said you were looking for a good deal on a RIB - This boat has your name all over it! Granted, I have no idea about the inboard diesel thing but a 22 ft RIB for $17k could be a screaming deal.
by BillZ
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: RIB on Craigslist
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

RIB on Craigslist

Somebody please buy this, my if-only-it-was-two-foot-bigger affliction is starting to kick in.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/4955196197.html
by BillZ
Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Review, New Book, "Shore Diving Near Seattle"
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

Re: Review, New Book, "Shore Diving Near Seattle"

kr2y5 wrote:Anyone have a copy of this book, and willing to sell? Seems hard to get otherwise...


IMHO Northwest Shore Dives by Stephen Fischnaller is a much better book. It's also difficult to find but I checked and you can pick up the 2000 edition off from Amazon.
by BillZ
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma
Replies: 21
Views: 3631

Re: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma

Here's the list of exhibitors. As you can see, it's pretty much all warm water travel booths. Looks like there's very little in the way of Pacific Northwest diving, shops or clubs (which is the part I loved about the show years ago when it first started): You missed a few of the local outfits: DIAB...
by BillZ
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Edmonds: Green Water for St. Pats
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: Edmonds: Green Water for St. Pats

Wow the vis looks great!
by BillZ
Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Just want some opinions
Replies: 44
Views: 4063

Re: Just want some opinions

business owners are free to charge any amount that they see fit for a product or service and we as consumers are free to buy it or not. It's the way of the free market. I got tired of paying $32 to top off my HP 100's so I now drive to West Seattle and pay less than half of that. Free market in acti...
by BillZ
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Visiting
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Visiting

http://www.dairiki.org/tides/daily.php/sea - The link is also on the front page of the NWDC site.

You can get to the current prediction tables by selecting "other current stations" in the bottom right hand corner.
by BillZ
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: BCD and Fins
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: BCD and Fins

I really like my F1's drysuit diving - they have a wide blade with a thick sidewall purchase which is great for back kicks. They are also heavy/negative and seem to work well for keeping me in trim. The downside is that they are heavy, which makes them a PIA for travel. I also find them too heavy fo...
by BillZ
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Getting frustrated with the whole ordeal
Replies: 18
Views: 1879

Re: Getting frustrated with the whole ordeal

Ya just need to take it in stride and realize that fixing your gear is a part of the diving experience. Between the boat and my dive gear I probably spend about 3X the amount of time fixing, repairing and maintaining things as I do underwater. As for the drysuit, have you pressure tested it yourself...
by BillZ
Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?

It shouldn't too bad - Edmonds isn't very prone to river runoff. It's a long ways from the Snohomish and it gets quite a bit of clean water coming in through Admiralty Inlet.

The furthest south that I've seen significant (chocolate milk) runoff is at Possession Point.
by BillZ
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Diving the Sunken Hood Canal Bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: Diving the Sunken Hood Canal Bridge

Wow - way cool Jeremy! I definitely need to get out there a dive this.
by BillZ
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15
Replies: 30
Views: 2164

Re: GUE Seattle - Mid Week Tweak - 3/11/15

kiwi wrote:In! A few of us are scooting the dock at 430 before the tweak dive


Matt (aka THEFEVE) will be there at 3:30- Splash about 4:30 - See ya there.