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Apeks finger spool + shipping limitations outside UK?

Discussion in 'Apeks' started by Jake, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    To the few of you that have been raving over these spools, how do you go with the negative buoyancy? Apparently when you drop them they sink like a stone.
     
  2. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    Don't drop it :)

    But seriously, I have a bungee loop that is attached to the dsmb which wraps around mine thus it won't unspool by mistake. to remove just pull the spool and the bungee comes off. Having it attached to the dsmb mean it won't tangle with you.

    You can leave it hanging on your dsmb while you stow your double ender and unfurl the dsmb and all is good.




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  3. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    And what about if you drop it WHILE it's spinning around in your fingers? I guess as long as you don't get swept away from the line you can pull it up with that? Just how negative are they, does the line add any buoyancy or is it literally like a stone?

    P.s. Thanks for the pics :thumb:
     
  4. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    I grip mine between my thumb and finger loosely If it drops it'll drop slowly so you have time to grab it

    Recently mine jammed (poor winding of the line by me) so I let it go. The dsmb took it up but the lack of tension freed the jam and it unwound itself back to me. Just as though I meant to do it.

    No if you just drop it with out the line attached so it drops rather then unwinds, yup it'll go quickly so most gear
     
  5. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    Damn!
    I'm thinking I should cancel my order and get a delrin one instead now :(
     
  6. letterboy

    letterboy Eww poors ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why? Delrin still drops. And if it's attached to a smb it's going to unspool while the bag goes up and the spool will drop slowly...

    Unless your just clumsy and randomly drop things... :wink:
     
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  7. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    I've actually never dropped anything underwater so bugger it, I'm keeping the sexy shiny one :D
     
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  8. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    I am told that the Apeks spool has some significant import duties/taxes on it, causing the significant pricing difference in the US. (No, I don't know any dollar specifics) That is the same reason that there are 5 lights on the Aqualung France site, but they gave up on selling any in the US even though they own the company that makes them.

    The blocks on shipping are probably at least partially driven by the legalities around import/export licenses and fees - it might cost you just as much to import if they dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's. Those forwarders might be ignoring or winking at some legalities, and getting away with it as long as they stay small.
     
  9. admikar

    admikar ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a green one, and,now, thanks to you I have do go under and drop it, to see how fast it goes. Thanks a lot! Or, I will, as soon as SWMBO let me to play again, after ruining her hair dryer to make my DS dryer.
     
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  10. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    Ok, I got my dear as poison spool and have used it on a couple of dives. It does sink like a stone as expected and doesn't really feel any different to use than a $30 one lol
    Just another expensive lesson :banghead:
     
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