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Your gear & dive boats

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Marie13, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    The fee is to get rental tanks (or other gear) from the shop to the boat. Given they're an hour apart and I live an hour from the shop, that's a big convenience for me.
  2. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    What's outrageous about it? The shop is 50 miles from the boat and someone has to go out of their way. I think it's a rather reasonable charge.

    And before someone pipes in with "go to the next shop for fills", I drive 40 miles each way for fills and I dive a lot. Chicagoland is not a warm water diving mecca with dive shops every couple miles.
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  3. ripman3

    ripman3 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: New York City
    I guess you never did any diving in nyc. The only thing they do is bring you out to the wreck.
  4. islanddream

    islanddream ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
    We use rolling mesh dive bags and every boat we've been on in FL and in the Caribbean, they fit under the bench. Even full of gear they fit.
  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    None of the boats I dive from locally have benches to put stuff under so best to have something that doesn't take up much space.

    My only bit of advice though is regarding your mask, keep it round your neck, or in a box or fin pocket. Some people have a habit of leaving dive gear all over the place and one misplaced foot or tank on a mask laying on the deck will result in the owner of the mask not diving.
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  6. claymore

    claymore Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
    A couple of the boats I have been on, Great Lakes, don't really have room for much gear besides your dive gear and limited personal belongings.
    The cabin is reserved for Dry storage, clothes, dry exposure gear personal belongings ect., and divers out and back to the dive site. The open decks benches are usually filled with BC's on the tanks for the current dive and small items. Under the bench are extra tanks, fins weights and other items.
    There is not much room for extra bags or containers. Generally the gear is brought down to the boat set up and what ever it was brought to the boat is returned to your car. Basically all that is on the boat is your gear, tanks, exposure protection and personal items.
  7. BreeAbyss

    BreeAbyss Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canada
    Put your drysuit half on at least, before you get on the boat
  8. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    Rolling bags are for airline travel, they are too big for on boat use for a day charter and many divers hate it when a diver comes aboard with them and takes up all the space with a huge roller bag. I carry a mesh back pack with me and use that for the boat plus a small mesh day pack with a dry bag inside for a dry change of cloths and a towel etc. Usually another small gym bag with my regulator and computer etc. Everything else goes in the mesh diver back pack.
  9. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    I try very hard to avoid doing this. It leads to being hot and sweaty, makes moving kit about harder and requires somewhere to do the changing. If you have a flood then your dry clothes need to be available too.

    Communal space is at a premium on dive boats. Here the greatest faux pas is to bring a crate with kit in it. When empty it doesn't compress down and takes up space. On some boats that is ok, on others not. Ideally bags should be able to be squashed down or at least flatten to take up little space forward or below. Having an awkward bag which is hard to stow and gets left where people might trip over it is a bad idea.
  10. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    Grab an instacrate or two. They collapse flat when empty. For a recreational rig, there's no reason anything needs to be bulky.

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