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Sausage reel...

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by sharky60, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. sharky60

    sharky60 Photographer

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    ok, so I got a safety sausage. last dive trip just tying line to it and trying to control it was a big hassle.

    I've noticed DM's and others having a reel to let out and reel in the line attached to the sausage.

    can you buy these reels? or are people making them from old fishing reels?
     
  2. SteveAD

    SteveAD Instructor, Scuba

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    You most certainly can buy either reels(with a frame and crank handle) or spools at just about any well equipped dive shop.
     
  3. OWSI176288

    OWSI176288 Instructor, Scuba

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  4. Thunder Bay Minnow

    Thunder Bay Minnow Divemaster

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    It is more of a spool than a reel. No Frame in most cases. Many retailers sell them.
     
  5. String

    String Master Instructor

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    Ratchet reel probably the best if you're going to be shooting from depth or towing it for a long time.

    If you only ever deploy from shallow and on the ascent only then a spool is adequate.

    There are literally hundreds of types of reel out there.
     
  6. pir8

    pir8 NAUI Instructor

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    I have used my spool from 100 ft, no problem.
     
  7. tedwhiteva

    tedwhiteva Instructor, Scuba

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    But reeling in 100 feet of line hand wrapping it around a spool is a pain in the:mooner:
     
  8. pir8

    pir8 NAUI Instructor

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    Guatentees a slow ascent rate.
     
  9. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver

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  10. String

    String Master Instructor

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    Now try it from 120ft.

    In a current.

    With some stops to do meaning you have to tow it around for 20 minutes while you ascend.

    Deep/long deployments certainly can be done with a spool but a good ratchet reel makes it far more comfortable
     

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