Among divers there is the assumption that any boat
you own, you will do everything within your limited, meager and ever shrinking scuba
to acquire a dive compressor
for your boat
so you don't have to drag bottles to shore and pay $6 for a fill after they check your Visual sticker and hydro (and make you update either if they are out).
So far I've only heard of two (non-commercial) boats with dive compressors on board.
The first was Krogen 48 power boat
with a really awesome membrane nitrox fill station bolt to the back deck
in a "dive closet". Way out of my range, but hey I can drooolllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The second was from a diving
artical in crusing world a while back. the folks had a Maxsea compressor
on board. They kept it on deck
, it ran on gas and would fill two tanks
in about an hour. It looked roughly the size of a small cart generator
(sans the wheels) and I'm sure it was about as noise
I have to say that this last option is the best I've seen yet and the only modifications I can think of are to enclose it in a teak
box when not in use to protect it from the elements as much as possible. That and I would hazard a guess that this would be rather like a grill
. Buy it once and assume it will rust out and die in a few years.
Can I get some comments from folks who have dive compressors, what where stowed, etc.