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Full VDH Rig! Argonaut Kraken, Plate, and 18# Wing

Discussion in 'Vintage Double Hose' started by Kmart921, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Kmart921

    Kmart921 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Norfolk, VA
    Finally got my rig setup just right for the Kraken and it is hands down my favorite single tank rig I've ever used. Proper regulator placement (and hose weights) really make all the difference. And I mean... just look at it!

    Thanks to Bryan for taking a look at my Kraken and for making such great gear!

    Also thanks to those of you who suggested the Hemphill bungee method for clipping off the safe second. Works like a charm.

    Perryed, Kensei, Scuba Lawyer and 9 others like this.
  2. Bryan@Vintage Double Hose

    Bryan@Vintage Double Hose Instructor, Scuba

    Awesemo 5000!
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  3. Gnarcosis

    Gnarcosis Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Northern Arizona
    I just saw this on reddit! That thing is too cool!
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  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    Scuba Lawyer, Kmart921 and Gnarcosis like this.
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Production is North of 5,000? WAY TO GO!!!! :thumb:
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  6. seaseadee

    seaseadee Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
    Ju Wanna ‘splain that to those not on the know?
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  7. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    looks fantastic
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  8. herman

    herman Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh,North Carolina
    It's been a fun project. I have enjoyed being part of it. It has come a long way from Luis's drawing and prototype parts made in my back yard. Mine still has prototype parts in it. There were a lot of folks involved in the testing and evaluation of the reg to make it the best double hose reg ever produced.....and it out performs most of the major brands top of the line models.
  9. Kmart921

    Kmart921 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Norfolk, VA
    Post #13 by @JohnnyC in this thread. It's a method of bungee-ing a bolt snap directly to the second stage instead of on the hose. Works very well for the way the backup hose routes with the Kraken.
  10. Kmart921

    Kmart921 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Norfolk, VA
    Thanks, I'm looking forward to diving it as much as possible!

    I'm coming up on two years of diving experience, 88 total dives. There is not really a vintage diving community in my area (that I know of) so I had no specialized training in the use of a double hose. In fact I'd never seen a working double hose reg in person, besides one or two non-functioning RAMs on display in shop windows.

    I consumed any information I could find on the internet about double hose regulators. Of the top of my head... Alec Pierce's "Vintage Scuba" videos on DH regs, various postings on ScubaBoard and the VDH forums, parts diagrams for the Kraken, brochures provided by VDH regarding double hose regulator placement.

    Once I received the regulator, I did about three pool dives to practice and adjust my setup before taking it into open water.

    In my opinion Bryan does a great job providing essential basic info about double hose regulators to people like me who are new to them. And with the wealth of information available on the VDH forums and elsewhere, I felt confident diving it on my own.
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