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by fmerkel
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Lost Fin Redondo
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: Lost Fin Redondo

Check with the MAST center, maybe TLSEA.
by fmerkel
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: 3TN Shower
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: 3TN Shower

Shouldn't it just be standard tap water for the area?
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Any idea of the growth rate of those sponges?
Thank you for pointing out this change.
by fmerkel
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17
Replies: 5
Views: 841

Re: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17

Proceed down slope past 50'. Start looking for Crimson An. Generally they don't grow shallower than that, though there are a few. Look closely at the base of all of them. That's where they are.
by fmerkel
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Atomic Cobalt computer issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1799

Re: Atomic Cobalt computer issues

If you push your diving much, and that's not to the point of imminent DCS danger, you may find the Suunto conservative algorithm very very annoying. My wife has a Suunto, and she's had to bench it a few times during trips. It will decide she's had enough and lock her out, when the whole rest of the ...
by fmerkel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Atomic Cobalt computer issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1799

Re: Atomic Cobalt computer issues

Never had one but looking over your list of problems and outright failures I'd run away. Probably a Shearwater would serve you well.
by fmerkel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Three Tree NO NO's
Replies: 5
Views: 1055

Re: Three Tree NO NO's

The area near the hedge is off limits because the people living there persistently called in with their grievance. There definitely is at least one person, maybe more, that is willing to do whatever necessary to minimize public access and impact.
by fmerkel
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry Suit Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1269

Re: Dry Suit Question

Aluminum tank? Go to steel and lose about 6# with no other penalty. FWIW, you simply have to figure out what specific part of the kit is contributing to your buoyancy, then see if you are willing to deal with the expense and trouble of switching. Like, going from a Ranger > Back Plate/Wing likely wo...
by fmerkel
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Switched over to drysuit finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 1889

Re: Switched over to drysuit finally!

I'm one of the (rare?) people that don't bother to equalize gloves. Hands are pretty bony. Unless you push things to serious depths the squeeze is not a bother. If you do equalize (some kind of tube), when you put your hands up, the gloves fill up. When you put them down (normal position) the air al...
by fmerkel
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

That's certainly a different set of pix from you. Pretty cool. I've only done one day of cenote diving.
Outer ear infection is a bummer. Multiple dives in warm water can do that if you don't take precautions.
by fmerkel
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Lost gear alert
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: Lost gear alert

Check with the MAST center also.
by fmerkel
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Komodo
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

Re: Komodo

Fantastic! Did you take a drone for the aerial shots?
by fmerkel
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for drysuit advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Re: looking for drysuit advice

Yes, one might. It's a Bare, probably less than 200 dives, maybe only 100. Fit is everything, well after not being a leaky piece of junk. You are welcome to check it out. If it fits you can take it for a test dive. Minimally you'll have more information going forward. I live in the north end, about ...
by fmerkel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for drysuit advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Re: looking for drysuit advice

I have 3 suits I got from friends that quit diving to sell. All in fine shape, zippers good, seals in 2 are all brand new, all different sizes. So.....what size are you?
by fmerkel
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: air consumption curiosity
Replies: 11
Views: 1917

Re: air consumption curiosity

I can't answer wetsuit > drysuit for sure, too many variables, but suffice to say if you are freezing in a wetsuit, and warm in a drysuit your air consumption will probably be way better in the drysuit. If you aren't comfortable, the dive can be miserable. But, you can freeze in a drysuit too. I've ...
by fmerkel
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Staying warm on a budget
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Re: Staying warm on a budget

Go for the Weezle, they are excellent. This is from someone that has been wearing the 4thElement Arctic for years.
by fmerkel
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass 8.30
Replies: 7
Views: 1264

Re: Deception Pass 8.30

Nice video. Interesting ending.
by fmerkel
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Diving Hawaii Big Island
Replies: 13
Views: 2752

Re: Diving Hawaii Big Island

There are not a whole lot of nudis in HI, at least not easy to find. If you don't mind paying for a boat trip Kona Dive Company is excellent with critter finding and ID. Kerry Key, owner, is particularly good with nudis.
by fmerkel
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Alternative uses for drysuit undergarments
Replies: 2
Views: 889

Re: Alternative uses for drysuit undergarments

I use my old fleece a lot in the winter. It's warm and easy to get in and out of. We keep the house fairly cool that time of year. But, can't say how I'd react to see a stranger wearing it.
by fmerkel
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: O2 fills?
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: O2 fills?

Didn't know that.
by fmerkel
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: O2 fills?
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: O2 fills?

Only UWS Aurora has hydro. All other hydros get sent to Fire King. Shops don't make much on a hydro so you aren't doing them much disservice if you take it there yourself. They make their profit on the VIP after (which is technically unnecessary as a VIP is done with the hydro at a decent shop, whic...
by fmerkel
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dive Vehicles
Replies: 16
Views: 2124

Re: Dive Vehicles

Scubaroo Outback or Forester.
by fmerkel
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Best dive camera less than $500?
Replies: 10
Views: 1466

Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Have a similar setup, Oly EPL1. You need a strobe to get the best out of it.
by fmerkel
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline, Critter ID
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Skyline, Critter ID

I received a response from Andy Lamb. The colorful 'flea' is [Thorlakson's short rostrum amphipod Thorlaksonius brevirostris -- which is not in the hard copy of our book. However, it has been added to our online product. The book is now 12 years old and in the interim, we have added over 100 species...
by fmerkel
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline, Critter ID
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Skyline, Critter ID

Hoping for an ID, I get an education. Fantastic! You are the best.
I assumed they were using the 'sponge' opportunistically, not making it.