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Your gear & dive boats

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

  1. Scubadeep1

    Scubadeep1 Angel Fish

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    Xs Scuba roller mesh duffle holds everything, then roll it up under your seat while on boat. Rolls up and goes in bottom of travel roller bag for plane trips. Rolls up to be about 18" x 8" if that is too big for the dive boat get a bigger boat than a Jon boat. Lol
     
  2. BreeAbyss

    BreeAbyss Nassau Grouper

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    I always bring a set of dry clothes in a dry bag. We usually put on our drysuits at the car because trying to put them on, on a small, moving, and wet boat is not super fun. I don't get too hot with the bottom on and the suspenders. We move our kits onto the boat and then put on drysuit last, guess it depends on boat size and how close you are to your vehicle and whether it's raining out :)
     
  3. rivers

    rivers PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Set up my kit in the car and bring it down to the boat. Fins, mask, weight belt, and dsmbs in a mesh bag which goes under my seat. If it's a short motor out, I change into my drysuit before getting on the boat. If it's a long motor out, my drysuit bag goes into the cabin and I change when we're about halfway to the dive site.
     
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Getting undies and dry suit at least half on before getting on the boat seems like a good idea. Dive will be in a couple of weeks, so it would be colder. I think the boat trip will be fairly short.

    Someone told me yesterday that the marina has wagons to help you schlep your gear. Will have to confirm that.

    Sounds like one of the rolling mesh bags is going to be my best bet.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    There are carts at the marina. You'll be glad as the boat is at the far end and it's a hike with gear. As to suiting up at the dock, it depends on what wreck you're diving. The MSB is a few minutes away, the Mac is an hour. I always have my rig ready before so I can just strap it in.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for confirmation! I do have my own wagon, so I could have hauled it out if needed, but that would have meant another trip back to the car so no one took off with it! How far from the parking lot to the boat, minute wise?
     
  7. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    Not too far, maybe 5 minutes. It's a long 5 minutes when you are carrying heavy gear.
     
  8. islanddream

    islanddream ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
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    The roller bag I use on boat dives is a mesh bag with wheels. It isn't a dive bag that you would check with the airlines when traveling...because it's mesh. I have a rolling travel dive bag which is great when checking it with the airlines. The cool thing I do is put my mesh bag inside the travel rolling bag and pack my gear in the mesh bag (I don't check my reg, mask, or computers...they go in the carry-on). When I get to my destination I just pull my mesh bag out and it's just about ready to go for a dive (after I've included a few more items). After I gear up, the mesh bag is flexible and gets shoved under the bench.
     
  9. Chappys4life

    Chappys4life Angel Fish

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    What Michigan dive are you doing?
     
  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Double Action Dive Charters out of Hammond.
     

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