Talbot - What size is your boat? With all the other cruising gear
space will be a big determining factor in how many (if any) tanks you bring along. We learned to dive using our boat as a platform - had a PADI Instructor on board as a charter
guest - and I can tell you that tanks are bulky and heavy and take up a lot of room. (Of course, we were dealing with eight of them!
) Our boat also took a bit of a beating moving bulky, awkward dive gear on and off. I've continued to dive while cruising, but I now confine myself to going with commercial
dive boats and using their tanks. A whole lot easier, and a better and safer way to learn new areas. Just a thought