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by BillZ
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Computer Advice - To Lynx or not to Lynx, that is the question
Replies: 8
Views: 2265

Re: Computer Advice - To Lynx or not to Lynx, that is the question

There are definitely better computers out there for the money. I owned and dove a Liquivision Xen (the bottom timer version of the Lynx) for 2 years and IMHO the computer was junk. The root of the problem has to do with the proprietary battery and power management. In the beginning I was burning thr...
by BillZ
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Any recent dogfish sharks?
Replies: 10
Views: 2620

Re: Any recent dogfish sharks?

While out looking for something bigger, We saw one at Redondo last Sunday.
by BillZ
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: South Sound/Hood canal 7/15 or 7/16?
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: South Sound/Hood canal 7/15 or 7/16?

Jeremy and a bunch of us are meeting at Mike's beach at 9:00 Saturday morning to dive Flagpole. I believe most of us are scootering but you may want to touch base with him and see if any others are kicking.
by BillZ
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Twins.. HP or LP
Replies: 7
Views: 2199

Re: Twins.. HP or LP

Penopolypants wrote:Very good advice indeed, although twin 100's are dreamy when you're ready for them, or if the stubby nature of the 80's makes your trim funny.



I think the OP is talking about the LP 80's, not the stubby HPs. They are close in size to the 100's.
by BillZ
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Cold Water Regulator Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2821

Re: Cold Water Regulator Suggestions?

Both of the regs you mentioned are great choices. I actually dive MK25's for my doubles and the AL Legend as my single tank set-up. IMHO the Legend breathes slightly better but the difference is minor. If you have any tech diving aspirations the MK25's are your best bet because of the swivel turret....
by BillZ
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Twins.. HP or LP
Replies: 7
Views: 2199

Re: Twins.. HP or LP

Both?

If you're new to doubles and not tech diving I'd suggest the 80's. Keeping within your NDL's you'll have more gas than you'd ever need. Keep the 100's apart so you have a bit of extra gas for single tank dives.
by BillZ
Fri May 27, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Repair my suit or get a used one?
Replies: 12
Views: 2155

Re: Repair my suit or get a used one?

I'd say pick up a new skin, put on a new neck seal then start saving your money for a better quality suit. You can always keep the Whites for a back-up and if your doing 130 + dives a year you're going to want a back-up drysiut.
by BillZ
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Tech gear question
Replies: 27
Views: 3138

Re: Tech gear question

Not just 'any' HP100's, the old style 7/8 neck are a bitch to trim out because of their design/buoyancy characteristics - they start super head heavy when you put all that brass on top (manifold & regs) so need to trim them you end up running them low on back in addition to a monster tail weigh...
by BillZ
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: phosphoric acid
Replies: 13
Views: 1790

Re: phosphoric acid

Westmar in Lynnwood
www.wesmarcompany.com
5720 204th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
P: (206) 783-5344 ; 800-824-4917


Or I can give you a quart next time I see you.
by BillZ
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Tech gear question
Replies: 27
Views: 3138

Re: Tech gear question

Good luck - they aren't manufactured any longer so the valves are tough to find. You can give a call to John at Northeast Scuba Supply, on occasion he has used ones. Otherwise your best bet is to keep an eye out on Ebay or the tech forums (TDS, etc)
by BillZ
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Steel tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 1856

Re: Steel tanks

There's a 119 on CL right now for $250 which isn't a bargain basement price but not outrageous either. EDIT: Actually, I just checked and it's going for $200 not $250 - For a 119 in hydro that's a really fair price Thanks for the lead, Bill....I just picked that tank up for $200. No problems! I wou...
by BillZ
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Steel tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 1856

Re: Steel tanks

Worthington, PST and Faber are the three major manufacturers of steel tanks, as mentioned only Faber still makes SCUBA tanks. I like galvanized tanks and stay away from painted ones so I don't own any Fabers. Over time salt water works it's way under the paint and causes bubbles and pits in the tank...
by BillZ
Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Lightmonkey Connector Fix - Advice Needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1574

Re: Lightmonkey Connector Fix - Advice Needed

Had the same thing happen to the Anderson connector on my scooter. If you take it over to Vetco (the place Cam mentioned above) they will crimp it for you. It should cost you about $2 for the fix.
by BillZ
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Wreck of USS Conestoga found off California
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Re: Wreck of USS Conestoga found off California

From the NOAA Site: In September 2009, a NOAA/Fugro multibeam sonar survey of the area around Farallon Islands documented a probable shipwreck with an estimated length of 52m (170ft) at a depth of 56.5m (185ft). m Not a walk in the park but definitely diveable. You'd have to choose the timing of you...
by BillZ
Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: WTB or rent Tech gear
Replies: 30
Views: 2727

Re: WTB or rent Tech gear

$800 is a reasonable gear budget to get you started. I have a friend who is selling 2 sets of Hog regs for around $250 - If your interested PM me and I'll connect you with him. I'm not a huge fan of Hog regs but have many friends that use them and it would be a really good starter set. My suggestion...
by BillZ
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: No-knees Dive Training
Replies: 15
Views: 4037

Re: No-knees Dive Training

I have read about this and followed the debate pro and con. I would like see a class taught this way. I am taking my IDC now, so I'm really interested if teaching this way can be done. I'd be interested to know- What are some of the cons that people are coming up with? The only con that I can think...
by BillZ
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Belize dive video
Replies: 9
Views: 1317

Re: Belize dive video

Very Cool!

I really like the Garden Eel scene - I can never seem to get within 50 feet of them before they shoot back in their hole.

Did you do anything to waterproof your Phantom drone? I've looking around for a waterproof GoPro capable drone but what's out there isn't very impressive.
by BillZ
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Bellingham dive spots
Replies: 3
Views: 807

Re: Bellingham dive spots

Rosario Beach would probably be the closest spot to you with decent visibility. If you are a new diver I wouldn't suggest Skyline wall - you can get in real trouble if you don't hit the currents right.
by BillZ
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sea lion friend or foe?
Replies: 12
Views: 1397

Re: Sea lion friend or foe?

It's best to stay as far away from the sea lions as possible and to exit the water immediately upon seeing one. Haven't you heard? They are training spec ops sea lions out at Naval Base Kitsap. http://nwdiveclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=23569&hilit=sea+lion+navy Edit: PS - Great video! I rea...
by BillZ
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Backup dive for Salt Creek
Replies: 22
Views: 2405

Re: Backup dive for Salt Creek

This site has the forecast for Crescent Bay

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Cre ... st/six_day
by BillZ
Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cell Phone Service at Dive Spots
Replies: 15
Views: 1947

Re: Cell Phone Service at Dive Spots

I have T-Mobile for my personal phone and AT&T for my work phone. I have no issues with my T-Mobile or AT&T service at the Coves, Saltwater or Edmonds. All along the west side of Hood Canal I get spotty service on T-Mobile and a couple of bars of service on AT&T. In general I find that I...
by BillZ
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: New dive light
Replies: 19
Views: 2436

Re: New dive light

Hello all, I am getting back into the scuba world after a long hiatus. Going through the gear and getting it all up to date and most of the gear is still good. I do however need to replace my little canister HID light. The local dive shop here in Tacoma had a little hand mounted Sola light that the...
by BillZ
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!
Replies: 7
Views: 5015

Re: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!

Interesting, Thanks Tom I've had metal YKK zippers on my drysuits throughout the years and I typically get about 400 dives before I've had to replace it. In every case the problem starts as a gradual fraying of the inside lip of the zipper until it eventually starts leaking. Tired of what seems like...
by BillZ
Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Big Island -
Replies: 6
Views: 1528

The Big Island -

One of the main reasons I love diving is encounters with large pelagics and you can't beat the Big Island of Hawaii for affordable diving and shore access to the big stuff. This first video is a compilation of my morning dives at Two Step, a site located in Captain Cook about 15 miles south of Kona....
by BillZ
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: New Fins
Replies: 34
Views: 4457

Re: New Fins

I have a set of F1's and they are nice. If you get a pair they will be a bit of an adjustment from your atomic splits - they are about 3X heavier. I picked up a set of hog blades for travel and I find that I wear them about 80% of the time for Puget Sound dives now. They are shorter and lighter than...