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by fmerkel
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Staying warm on a budget
Replies: 11
Views: 1957

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: 1306

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: 3112

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: 949

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: 984

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: 984

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: 2237

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: 1542

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: 870

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: 870

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.
by fmerkel
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3137
Views: 313476

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Skyline, probably a very foggy 10'. Worst I've seen in some time at a site that does not get good viz.
by fmerkel
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline, Critter ID
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Skyline, Critter ID

Did a dive at Skyline today. Lousy viz but decent critter action. Found a shrimp like critter I've never seen, about 1/2 inch. Could not ID in the big [Crabs and Shrimps of the Pacific Coast] book by Greg Jensen. Also found a dark gray sponge (I think) about the size of a tennis ball, with small cra...
by fmerkel
Sat May 27, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Keystone at ebb tide
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Keystone at ebb tide

Hopefully you mean reading current tables. Tide tables are an indication of the current but you really want to read current tables most of the time. For some sites like Keystone and Cove 2 some of the data provided by the tide is also useful as YellowEye pointed out.
by fmerkel
Sat May 13, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry glove system on neoprene wrist seals?
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: Dry glove system on neoprene wrist seals?

If the neo seal is 3mm or thinner and flexible you can use an OS system on it. The way the Kubi is 'normally' used is pretty similar to the OS, just a bit more elegant. You need to turn the sleeve inside out, position the cuff ring inside, apply a strong O-ring to the groove, then turn it back outsi...
by fmerkel
Thu May 11, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Olympus TG-4 initial impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Olympus TG-4 initial impressions

Some molded housing can end up with a ridge/imperfection in the O-ring channel. Check it very carefully. If found remove with some superfine W&D sandpaper > 1000>2000. Old Canon housings were infamous for this. The current crop of Oly PEN housings are vastly superior to earlier models. Don't kno...
by fmerkel
Tue May 09, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: BCD storage, no air, some air? full?
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: BCD storage, no air, some air? full?

Same inflator I've gone to. Easy to overhaul with the special tool. I always carry a spare in my kit.
by fmerkel
Mon May 08, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: BCD storage, no air, some air? full?
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: BCD storage, no air, some air? full?

Good rinsing is probably more critical than state of inflation. FWIW my wife has a Zeagle, used extensively for NW diving for ~5 years. Then retired to tropical use for the next 10 years so it gets used well for 1-2 weeks every year or 2. Inside is always fresh water rinsed. At the end of use is it ...
by fmerkel
Tue May 02, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Regulator Thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 2242

Re: Regulator Thoughts?

To continue playing devil's advocate, how do you know it breathes harshly? Have you compared it to anything else? FWIW the experience on the diver end of the reg is largely determined by the 2nd stage. The 1st stage has to be in some poor shape to influence actual breathing experience. If you have a...
by fmerkel
Tue May 02, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Regulator Thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 2242

Re: Regulator Thoughts?

I guess I wonder why you think you need to upgrade? What is the Oceanic not doing for you? Certainly nothing wrong with SP or Atomic besides a profound emptying of the wallet. I dive a SP MK14 +M109 but it's like 15+ years old. But I've dove Mares MR12, Oceanic (various), Sherwood, Aqualung, and the...
by fmerkel
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sund rock: north wall 4/23
Replies: 17
Views: 2027

Re: Sund rock: north wall 4/23

Dens must be tight. First old wolf eel was kind of chewed up.
I thought there were supposed to be cloud sponges deep?
by fmerkel
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Light feet
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: Light feet

Try lowering your tank if your empty buoyancy seems OK. Couple inches can make a difference.
by fmerkel
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Wet suits for the sound
Replies: 8
Views: 2697

Re: Wet suits for the sound

There are some people who swim in bathing suits in the Sound, YEAR ROUND, and last for 30-60" Other people won't wade in the Sound in the summer. Cold tolerance can be pretty personal. If you are freaking out long distance....get a drysuit. Remember, a 7mm suit at 60+ feet is certainly NOT 7mm ...
by fmerkel
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

What's the operating voltage? You can try 'zapping' it. What likely happened, especially in older packs, is there is always a ...weakest....cell. High performance NiMh cells tend to have a higher discharge rate than lower performance (that's a generalization-quality matters the most). As the cells d...
by fmerkel
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

Not impossible, but not the conventional way to do it and makes it more complex without any advantage. Li-on has a MAX charge level and gets nasty if much overcharged, or excessively discharged. NiXX simply "tops out" at ~1.5v/cell and the rest is shunted off as heat. As long as the heat i...
by fmerkel
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 2769

Re: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

Bob indicates this is an NiMh pack, balancing not possible.