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Is a long hose cumbersome on dive boats?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by superheavydeathmetal, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. superheavydeathmetal

    superheavydeathmetal Nassau Grouper

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    I have recently switched over to a long hose and necklace setup, which I like when I am doing shore diving or in a small group.

    But, what about being on a recreational dive boat with 11 other people where everyone is gearing up shoulder to shoulder? Does a 7' hose get in other people's way and make a tangled mess?

    Thanks!
    (I guess this is the right place to post. I tried to post in the DIR forum, but I do not have sufficient privileges.)
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    On a dive boat with 5-6 rec other divers is my experience. And, no, it’s not a PITA.
     
  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not at all! It's easy to keep the hose neat and tidy. Make sure you have a bolt snap on the hose just below the second stage so that you ALWAYS clip it off to your right shoulder D-ring when it's not in your mouth. This also keeps the second stage from falling on the deck and potentially getting damaged, which is more of a problem with a long hose.

    Being a good boat diver always means keeping all of your gear ship-shape and not strewn about.

    Congratulations on going to the long primary hose. Great choice!
     
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  4. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    My wife has 2 bolt snaps on her rig, one on the hose at the second stage, one about halfway down the hose. Her one halfway down gets clipped to a waist D-ring, the one by her second stage slips to a shoulder D-ring when not in use.

    OTOH, I have no clips on my long hose. I just coil it up inside my arm straps and hang my second stage over the first stage. 20 years on a 24 passenger liveaboard and I never had a second stage get damaged.
     
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  5. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Never had a problem on the mother ship or a panga.
     
  6. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    On a set of doubles, its easy to wrap the long hose around the manifold to keep it neat and tidy. As others have mentioned, on a single tank, just use a bolt snap and clip it to your harness D-ring.
     
  7. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's because as customers, we were all scared of what you and Mel would do to us if we damaged your second stage...
     
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  8. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I just bought one of @Wookie 's regs.
    So THAT'S why it looks so pretty! :rofl3:
     
  9. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    Non issue in my experience.
     
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  10. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, they made us polish them too.

    Don't ask me why the heads on the Spree were always so clean.
     
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