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Old 28 February 2007, 13:18   #21
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Stoo anything you can provide would be awesome. But i'm diving everyweekend any how so it's not like i'm waiting on it. I don't see any reason I can't wait untill spring.
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Old 28 February 2007, 21:34   #22
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Re: ladder

Have any of you guys thought of adding a outboard bracket to substitute for a ladder? This is an expensive and time consuming way to go but it does give you a platform to climb onto between motor and boat, the downside is that you need to do a major change to the boat essentially rerigging much of your setup. The plus side is that WITH a bracket you add length to your hull and get a better ride. It won't work with all boats but any rib I own in the future will have a bracket, it is just better. I do see used takeoffs in Boat Trader from time to time, new ones can and do be pricey!
I know some people might think it crazy to do so much to avoid having to carry a ladder, so I must confess, I have always been crazy about boats!
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Old 28 February 2007, 22:21   #23
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I don't see any reason I can't wait untill spring.
The drafting department was working up preliminary drawings today. When I... I mean, when they... get them done I'll scan 'em and post 'em

Pat, I have wondered about adding an engine bracket, but I imagine that's not something you just whack on with a few #8 woodscrews and a little expoxy.
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Old 28 February 2007, 22:32   #24
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hey thanks stoo
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Old 01 March 2007, 12:15   #25
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I know some people might think it crazy to do so much to avoid having to carry a ladder, so I must confess, I have always been crazy about boats!



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Old 07 March 2007, 04:02   #26
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Stoo,

I'm interested in your device, did you ever get round to putting a drawing or something similar together? I can imagine losing your mask being pretty easy!

sounds great fun.




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Donnie, the board "lives" in the boat and so it's in storage at the moment. I'll see if I can do up a doodle and post it... It's pretty simple to make.


I find I can "fly" this just by shifting my weight on it. It's actually pretty exciting to fly along the edge of a drop off. It's very quiet and I often surprise large fish like lake trout and salmon because I come up on them so fast. And yes, I wear full SCUBA... including doubles. If you have an adjustable second stage it's helpful to dial down the flow, otherwise you will free flow. Oh... and torque down your mask strap too if you intend to look sideways!

You need to use a lot of line... usually about 3X the depth you want to reach. If it isn't long enough, there is a great tendency for the board to keep pulling up. I routinely tow at 100-130'. This board is my 3rd one, and I couldn't improve it... Well, maybe a com system to talk to The Captain... she kind of worries about dragging me into something, like a fish net, which isn't an entirely remote possibility...

I'll see what I can come up with to show you...
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I'm interested in your device, did you ever get round to putting a drawing or something similar together? I can imagine losing your mask being pretty easy!
It seems the drafting department was detained at a ski hill! Thanks for the gentle reminder... Will post later today!
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Old 06 May 2007, 22:36   #28
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Finally...

Several weeks ago, some of you expressed interest in the tow-plane I use. I finally remembered to take a couple of photos and I am posting them here!

The key thing with this rigging (and I figured this out after a couple of simpler versions...) is the moveable connection point for the towline, and simlarly, the adjustment for the seat cable length. (The ABS pipe is the seat...). By adjusting the point where the towline attaches, you can greatly reduce the effort needed to keep the board level. Otherwise, the board will have a tendency to pull up which gets really tiring...

Also, note the quick-release clip on the towline (with the orange lanyard). Sometimes, you just need to bail! (Approaching boulder, point of interest where you want to stop and have a look, or even simply ascending where you need to control your ascent rate.)

The size of the board itself doesn't really matter. This one is about 32 inches wide. The cut-outs are hand-holds, the D-rings are for attaching "stuff". I used to have a sheath knife bolted on, but took it off. Usually, I hook a spare computer through one of these.

Your boat driver needs to be very aware of diving. We plane at a max of about 4 mph. You will need a line that's at least two to three times your depth. I usually drag along in the 80 - 140 foot range! I suppose a spotter would be a good idea, much like water skiing, but since there's rarely any boats around us, it tends to just be us. If I release the line, it is very obvious on the boat as the drag drops suddenly. It's quite easy to cover long distances on one of these and it's great fun, but be careful. Depth can change very quickly and because your air will last a lot longer, you really need to keep an eye on your profile... And it can get especially cold due to the volume of water moving across you...

Incidently, for those of you in California, I have no idea what a Great White would think of this setup. "Trolling" comes to mind!

Hope this helps!
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Old 06 May 2007, 22:48   #29
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Stoo stews up an original idea

Stoo... your Rube Goldberg device looks like something that required some serious thought or contemplation, something I have rarely been known for, leastwise not while out on a boat... Put a name to that baby! How bout Stoo's Super Scuba Sled?
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Old 06 May 2007, 23:15   #30
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Stoo... your Rube Goldberg device looks like something that required some serious thought or contemplation...
Hardly.. The beauty is in the simplicity. Years ago, a friend of mine built one that included moveable diving planes that allowed him to do high-speed barrel-rolls! A later version had a com system to signal the boat... it was kind of a door-bell deal that he used to ring a bell on the boat... He designs, manufacturers and sells dive gear to commercial divers on the east coast now...
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