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Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 21-09-2014, 08:25
Replies: 38
Views: 1,864
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Is There A Demand For Bottom Cleaning??

Hull cleaning frequencies vary greatly up and down the west coast. It is not possible to generalize. In the Puget Sound area, it may be as infrequent as once or twice a year. In the Bay Area, every...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 20-09-2014, 22:14
Replies: 38
Views: 1,864
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Is There A Demand For Bottom Cleaning??

Paint in good condition and not overly foul, figure an experienced diver will need about a minute a foot for cleaning. Really foul bottoms and/or anode installations add time.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 19-09-2014, 14:33
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Z-Spar Antifouling paint concern

Just about any brand-name copper-based anti fouling paint will work well for you in low-fouling Lake Erie. Your main consideration is whether or not the boat will spend any time out of the water. If...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 19-09-2014, 09:34
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Z-Spar Antifouling paint concern

As a noobie boat owner in SoCal, you are on the steep part of the learning curve. Allow me to edjumacate you a little bit:

Anti fouling paint will not eliminate fouling growth, only retard it....
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 15-09-2014, 21:54
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Anybody used Pettit Prop Coat Barrier Spray

Works fairly well. Not going to last on geared parts however. But nothing would.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 15-09-2014, 07:26
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Any 110-volt hookah can be run off an appropriately-sized generator.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-09-2014, 10:30
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

You can buy floating or sinking hose. Most hose sold at the recreational level is floating.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-09-2014, 09:47
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Why not use hookah? The only downside I can think of is having to keep gasoline aboard. It would certainly be smaller and more lightweight than a tank-fill compressor and a bunch of tanks, which is...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-09-2014, 08:44
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I get out of the water, walk to the shore power box and flip the breaker to "Off." :biggrin:
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-09-2014, 07:24
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Foregoing all the myriad jokes I could attempt, PM sent.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-09-2014, 04:31
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is typically a freshwater phenomenon only. It is extremely rare in saltwater. I have been working in the water in marinas in the Bay Area for twenty years. During that...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-09-2014, 21:25
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Brownie's gear is about as expensive as it comes. You can do better if you shop around a little bit. That said, my only real problem with their stuff (and I owned some of it for a week or two) is the...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-09-2014, 15:06
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

These compressors draw 10.5 amps, more at startup. So you'd need to be able to handle that. I have sold quite a few to customers who were heading "out there."
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-09-2014, 12:09
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I have always used 110-volt electric hookahs I've put together myself and I have always based these hookahs on Thomas compressors. I currently use the Thomas 1207PK80. Industrial strength and...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-09-2014, 08:09
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I take issue with Hookamax for various reasons. So in this case, I was interested in making a scathing comment. Sorry if that got your knickers in a twist. :rolleyes:
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13-09-2014, 08:06
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I don't use tanks (although I have one.) I use hookah only. Honestly, I've never used a tank to do more than an hours work in twenty years.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-09-2014, 21:25
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

OK, you got me. I didn't consider the low-end hookahs based on Chinese-built POS knock-off compressors.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-09-2014, 20:12
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I know of no 12-volt systems that incorporate an accumulator tank. Not sure why this is, but there must be a reason.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-09-2014, 08:56
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

An accumulator tank is not necessary. Have a look at the Air Line by J Sink web site for ideas about what components to use in a high quality DIY hookah rig.
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Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12-09-2014, 08:53
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

Oilless compressors are very common and available at any hardware store. The OP bought a Porter Cable pancake model that can probably be found at 10,000 retailers in this country alone.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2014, 10:40
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

ebay or your local dive shop can provide breathing hose, with fittings if needed. Buy hose specifically designed for use in diving applications. Not that the stuff you get from Grainger etc. is...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2014, 10:09
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

It's definitely a concern. Non-breathing hose can off-gas toxins, like dioxin. Not all hull cleaners get into the biz because of their high IQs. :biggrin:
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2014, 08:32
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

No. It is physically impossible to breathe through a snorkle at a depth of more than about 3'.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2014, 08:30
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

The OP is using a weight belt.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11-09-2014, 08:04
Replies: 81
Views: 4,195
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Shallow Dive System for Bottom Care

I know plenty of hull cleaners who simply route their air hose under their weight belt when donning that particular item. A little too ghetto for me but it works for them.
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