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SCUBA-L  June 2000, Week 2

SCUBA-L June 2000, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Back Plate and Wings

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Tony P <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 9 Jun 2000 18:38:23 -0400

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Quinn wrote:

> Thanks Carl.  I thought the 1lb aluminum vs. the 6lb SS would aid in proper
> weighting, particularly w/ a 7mm wet suit. Maybe both?  Which plates
> contoured for the body?
>

I dove with the DiveRite aluminum plate all last year. It was "ok", but I
needed to add more weight to my belt. I dive with double AL80's and Oneill 7mm
drysuit. Being 6'2", 190lbs, I had to dive with 28lbs around my waist and 3lb
total around both ankles. I could not do a deco hang at 15ft without becoming
too positive. So I spent a little longer at 20ft. No big deal. This year I
switched to stainless steel and what a difference!

> Again, thanks. My local dive instructor (for DM) is encouraging me for
> drysuit in the local quarries. I've been making arrangements with Steve
> Gerrard in Akumal for taking his cave certification in two parts, one in
> Oct. or Feb., the full cert. a year later.  By then I may very well be
> living in Orlando area. Then it's up to Gainsville.  :-)  In the meantime,
> this summer, I'll be in the Atlantic every other weekend, along w/
> DM internship in a local quarry.
>

You'll love dry suit diving. Especially when the weather is cool or cold.

> I'm not confident of ABS flexibility, particularly for steele doubles.  I
> also not sure of DiveRite's Transpac II, but haven't any evidence to go on.
> I may be wrong, but I think you can order a SS plate from DR, but they
> probably don't make it.

You can order a backplate from DiveRite. I have one. and it looks like any
other backplate. They basically all look the same. Cost should be a factor.
6lbs of stainless is 6lbs no matter who makes it. And with the thickness of
these plates, I don't think double steel 120's would bend them at all.

> I totally agree, which is why I'm seeking opinions like yours. :-)
> I want to be ready for what could arise, w/ me or my buddy, and I want to
> "Easy Does It". But, I don't want to repeat what others have, i.e. go
> through  different products, at great expense, before I find what works,
> safely.  I'll think about the dry-suit, it's a good point. :-)

Yeah... I wish I had someone to "help" me in the beginning. But then, I still
use my BC for single tank dives and the same reg in addition to my Poseidon.
Gear doesn't really go bad. But b/w's is the way to go before a BCD. And the
price is about the same.

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