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by BillZ
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Just bought a drysuit at the UWS Divers Fair.
Replies: 25
Views: 3710

Re: Just bought a drysuit at the UWS Divers Fair.

I really am disliking the boots on this suit. They are big and floppy and pretty soft and flexible, making shore entry over sharp rocks a pain (literally), also don't like the ballooning effect and having my fins feel loose on my feet. I can see why many people like the sock style suit and then a l...
by BillZ
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: entry level limnologist job in Seattle
Replies: 1
Views: 519

Re: entry level limnologist job in Seattle

I thought I was qualified until I read this: "Ability to operate a variety of small boats, including both human-powered and small engine-powered, as well as maneuver a vehicle with a boat trailer at a launching site." :-) Well, that and the degree in limnology, which I had to Google to fig...
by BillZ
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: How much have you spent so far?
Replies: 37
Views: 3611

Re: How much have you spent so far?

"How much have you spent so far?" In nine years I've spent roughly $25k not including my boat, travel or charters. Easily 3X that if you include everything. So here's a few tips on saving money in the long run.... Buy nice or buy twice isn't just a BS slogan, don't skimp out and try to bu...
by BillZ
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Scooters. What do you have? Your likes and dislikes?
Replies: 48
Views: 5935

Re: Scooters. What do you have? Your likes and dislikes?

Various musings.... - If you enjoy diving for the exploration, underwater topography and zipping around and having fun a scooter will be the best thing you can own to enhance your diving (other than a boat). If you're a macro photographer and could spend your entire dive in a 10 X 10 box shooting cr...
by BillZ
Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: WTB or rent -Tropical BCD needed for a marine educator.
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: WTB or rent -Tropical BCD needed for a marine educator.

I've got an Aqua Lung Zuma size Med that I'd be willing to sell for $200. I used it on probably 3 trips so it's in great condition.

http://www.leisurepro.com/p-udrzm/aqual ... -travel-bc
by BillZ
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Need latex seals asap!
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Need latex seals asap!

The difficult thing to find is the glue. You can use Aquaseal but you'll have a mess on your hands the next time you want to replace the seals.
by BillZ
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Need latex seals asap!
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Need latex seals asap!

Have you tried Don at Octopus Gardens (Port Townsend) or Anacortes Diving Supply?

If it's a hole and not a tear you may be able to patch it with a bicycle tire repair kit. I've also used electrical tape as a quick fix.
by BillZ
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Wing weight placement: What do you do?
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: Wing weight placement: What do you do?

For my singles set-up I have my plate and STA at 6.5 lbs, a soft shot spine weight at 3.5 lbs and a 16-22 lb brick lead weight belt (I adjust the weight on the belt depending on what undergarment I'm wearing and the tank I'm diving). Some folks like to add a cam band pocket to shift weight higher on...
by BillZ
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Current insensitive boat dives?
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1522

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: 1592

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: 1759

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: 1759

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: 1759

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: 1759

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: 1474

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: 860

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: 860

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: 1059

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: 3590

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: 1059

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: 1059

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: 1514

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: 3961

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...