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Honest Opinions Needed

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by Sh0rtBus, Feb 7, 2019.

Buy It?

  1. For $20? Absolutely!

    13 vote(s)
  2. Probably not.

    0 vote(s)
  1. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
    Okay so I wasn't exactly sure what to title the thread, but that's pretty much the info I'm looking for.

    Found an ad on CL here locally for a Catalina AL80 with a manufacture date of 03/00 that I'm interested in picking up. Seller says he got it new as a gift years ago and with all of his destination diving never had filled or inspected. He's moved several times and it's been stored in his garage, but never used. Pics I've seen show it to seemingly be in good physical condition and he says no dents/damage aside from superficial scratches/marring from typical wear and tear and being moved. He's asking $20 for it and is about 5 miles from my house.

    Thoughts? Would you buy it?
  2. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    Isn't $20 just a courtesy amount to him for that item? The real cost to you is getting it inspected, which you have to do anyway. I would go for it, and also, it is not a bad idea to connect with neighbors that dive.
  3. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Virginia
    For $20...yup. I don't even want another AL80 and I'd take it for $20.

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  4. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
    He said he feels kinda bad for selling his gear because his dad bought it for him when they certified together, but he never finds an opportunity to dive these days and he doesn't really want to move it again. So basically he's just trying to get rid of to save him the hassle. Has a NIB Aqualung reg set he's looking to get rid of for $100, too. Same story...received as a gift and never used.

    And believe me if I can get him back into diving....I'll certainly try. I'm all for making dive buddies. My wife doesn't like the local "quarry" or dive park diving. She's more of a vacation diver.
    flyboy08 likes this.
  5. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    Around here CL has an aluminum tank - being called steel and offered at $200. All you have to do is look at the photo and know what it is. Some folks don't know what they have or the value of a tank or their gear.
    Take the tank and anything else he wants to sell if you can use it.

    I wish I had a few neighbors like that up here... lol
  6. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE TEXAS
    talk to your local dive shop where yo get fills. there are still a lot of places that refuse to fill old tanks >20 years. fair or not it is a reality.
  7. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    You need to sell her on the unique indescribeable and unforgettable experience and the once in a lifetime thrill of swimming through a submerged school bus.
  8. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
    @KWS I've asked that question before and they've said as long as it passes hydro and vis they'll fill it. Besides....more often than not these days I take them in and fill them myself. Fringe benefits of being a DM.

    @caruso LMAO! Oh she's been. Not through a school bus but through an American Airlines training SIM fuselage and a 50' metal shark named Cisco. Plus a few scuttled boats, etc. She doesn't prefer the low vis. Especially when swimming through said shark and experiencing a complete silt out going back through it a second time.
  9. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Isn't $20 less than scrap price for the aluminum?

    Buy it, look inside, if it looks good it will probably hydro.

  10. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
    Just as an update (and mods can close if necessary) I did buy this tank and I actually felt a little bad about picking it up so cheap. Ended up giving the guy $30 for it, which I know isn't much more, but still more than he was asking. Has typical scratches and marring from being handled and moved but otherwise in great shape. The valve and even the o-ring looked brand new. Took it to the shop on Saturday for hydro and vis and removed the valve to look inside.....looks like a brand new tank. Best deal I've found yet!

    So thank you SB for your advice and comments. They are much appreciated!

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