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Yamaha scooter advice

Discussion in 'Dive Propulsion Vehicles' started by asaxon, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. asaxon

    asaxon Garibaldi

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    Location: California
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    Anyone out there have any experience with/intel about the Yamaha 350li or 500Li scooters. I'm particularly interested in run time as the advertised times appear to be too good to be true (as is the top speed but that is not a concern). Appreciated. .
     
  2. Charles Graves

    Charles Graves Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Washington, DC
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    I recommend the 500li one. I have the 350 one and it’s actually decent if you’re in an area with no current, and it’s a good supplement to kicking, but it NEEDS more power though.

    I wish I had bought the 500li the first time and not been cheap.

    If you’re serious about diving and can afford it, get there 500li.

    I know some people will say you have to get a $10,000 name brand scuba DPV. But honestly these work pretty good. Just get the 500li.

    also I recommend getting a swirly bungee clip that you can put it through the DPV’s handle and lock it onto your body, so that way, when you’re doing something else you don’t need to be holding the DPV at all times. It’s much better to have it hooked on you. It’s risky using a DPV that can fall into the depths of the ocean if it slips out. I know I know, “it shouldn’t slip out”, but stuff happens and the sh^t is expensive. So get the 500li and get the swirly bungee cable that clicks into itself.

    You put the bungee clip through your BCD half-circle clip, then you put the bungee thru the handle of the DPV, then you lock/snap it
     
  3. asaxon

    asaxon Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: California
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    Thank you Charles. That sounds like great advice. You are the only person I have heard of who has one of these Yamaha 350/500Li's including my checking on local S. Cal diving boards. In the interim, I checked with a number of my more tech diving buds, tried out some of their working scooters and went ahead and ordered a SubGravity Aquaprop L. It is clearly more $ (2600) than even the Yamaha 500Li but has what appears to be a longer run time, deeper operating limit and more thrust (through I do not do tech/mult tanks at once, we do get into some pretty stiff currents) and is only 15 lbs. Again I appreciate your input and good diving to you.
     

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