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I need a tie breaker

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by MargaritaMike, Jun 6, 2019.

Please help me decide by showing your preference.

Poll closed Jun 8, 2019.
  1. Custom Divers Canister

    3 vote(s)
    60.0%
  2. HDVSEATEC Canister

    2 vote(s)
    40.0%
  1. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
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    Tomorrow (June 6, 2019) at about 10 p.m. CDT (0300 UTC)) I am going to order a canister to put my PLB in. I can't decide between the Custom Divers canister or the Hdvseatek canister. I have to order tomorrow in order to get it by July 1. In my opinion they are about equal in function and quality. Please help me decide. Just vote for one or the other. If you wish post a BRIEF explanation of why you picked the one you picked. Thank you in advance.

    Cheers - M²
     
  2. Snoweman

    Snoweman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, GA
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    What did you get?
     
  3. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

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    Nothing yet. Waiting for responses.
     
  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    It's pretty simple. CD is smaller, more streamlined and won't allow for much more than an ACR. Other smaller PLB's will allow for a few extra items. HDV is bigger, not streamlined, but will allow for extra items.

    I am a streamlined diver. So CD would be my choice. I don't need to pack the pantry. I figure 100 miles offshore the USCG would pick me up in about an hour or two after deployment. I pack a mylar hood to save my head from the sun, but otherwise, I think I can handle a couple hours at sea without the hotel mini fridge. :wink: YMMV.
     
  5. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not that simple a question. I would choose a Custom Divers canister over a Hdvseatek if they were the same price. I would design my own and have a machine shop make it if the price was not a concern.
     
  6. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy Staff Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlanta, USA
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    If I had not gone all-out and gotten the aluminum McMurdo canister (apparently no longer being manufactured), my second choice would have been having Light Monkey custom-make me a canister, and my third choice would have been the Custom Divers canister. It's hard to tell simply from reading the specs and looking at the photos, but something about the HDVSEATEK design doesn't sit well with me.
     
  7. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    I have the light monkey canister too. It's huge for an open water guy. If you typically dive in caves with a can light then it will feel normal to you. But, owning both. I can tell you I've chose the CD canister every time.
     
  8. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: On a non-divable lake in SE Texas
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    Is there a source in the U.S. for the CD?
    Thanks,
    Michael
     
  9. macado

    macado PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston, MA (mentally in Cozumel, MX)
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    I know these aren't on your list but me and @Tug went with a custom Light Monkey canister. I don't know if it would fit your July 1st deadline but it's probably possible.

    My justification I wanted a canister that could also fit a mirror, dye packs and some other small safety items. The downside is it's pricier ($250)..
     
  10. KnightDvr

    KnightDvr Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
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    I have the CD canister. Easy to use with the holster. I keep my Garmin inReach Mini inside and it works great.
     

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