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Old 26-02-2010, 04:57   #1
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Looking for feedback on 2 specific models of hooka...

Gulfstream hookah

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No, I'm not interested in scuba gear, yes I have taken dive lessons.
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Old 26-02-2010, 05:33   #2
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Just get an oilless compressor and reg, off you go
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Old 26-02-2010, 06:25   #3
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I've seen that and other sites like it.

Not every oiless compressor puts out the same amount of air. Yandina says minimum 1hp; min 2.5cfm @ 100 psi. There's a lot of oiless compressors that don't come close to those specs.

I do not plan on going more than 30' deep. Mostly less than 10' to work on the boat. So I might not need as much output as yandina suggests. No need for 2 people on the same compressor and no desire to dive to 60'.

I do want to keep this unit small so it stores easily on a very crowded boat! The hookamax seems smallest with decent specs.

If someone has a small compressor that works for them that they bought off the shelf, I'd like to know about it.

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I've got a gasoline powered Brownies that I can comment on if you get interested in that route.
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Old 26-02-2010, 06:32   #5
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I've got a gasoline powered Brownies that I can comment on if you get interested in that route.

I'd love one of those but they are too big and too expensive for me.

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Old 26-02-2010, 07:14   #6
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I made one using the smallest electric air compressor from Home Depot and a scuba 2nd stage on the end of 50' of air line. works great.
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One of the posters here Fastbottoms, scrubs boats for a living. He has posted several times about hookahs, that is what he uses. Maybe PM him?

Here ya go http://www.fastbottoms.com/
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An uncontrolled report on e bay suggests that some manufacturers are building hookas from cheaper compressors and then applying large mark ups. Members would be well served to research the different types before spending hard cash.
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I like the Egyptian Hookah's....
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Old 26-02-2010, 08:39   #10
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be sure to use an expansion tank inline between the comp and your reg. If something stops topside, it gives you a few more breaths on your way up, plus it cools the air after it leaves the compressor fairly warm. Makes for an easier breathing setup.
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The Thomas 1020 is the compressor that most hull cleaners base their hookahs on:



Goes for about $275 on ToolBarn.com

Search results for: 'thomas 1020' | ToolBarn.com

BTW- no need for a reserve tank or shutoff valve or any of the associated plumbing. For hull cleaning it's completely uneccessary.
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Thanks, that will help a lot

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I've seen that post. There are no other comments to support that position anywhere else. And the poster is no longer a member of e-bay. I'm suspicious
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I like the Egyptian Hookah's....
you steering a zig zag course?


hey I had a Brownies stop suddenly on us, three divers at about 30 ft. All within sight of each other...duh....

We just shrugged, and slowly went up. Problem was salt water shorted the kill switch. No biggie. I unplugged it.

But the thing is, we all had plenty of air to surface, with no accumulation tank. I agree one would be nice, but then so would a huge honking compresssor. its not critical. As for cooling 'warm air" ????? there is a ten foot section of hose for that. And the air is plenty cool by the time it gets to you.

I would be more nervous about condensation.
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The "heat dissipation" hose is not intended to cool the air before you breath it; there is no need for that. The heat dissipation hose is high-temp breathing hose that will not dry and crack like your regular breathing hose will if connected directly to the compressor.
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The "heat dissipation" hose is not intended to cool the air before you breath it; there is no need for that. The heat dissipation hose is high-temp breathing hose that will not dry and crack like your regular breathing hose will if connected directly to the compressor.
I'd not heard that one before. How long should this hose be? Will I need one with that Thomas 1020?

Suggestions on where to buy the hoses & regulator?

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