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Lots of wrecks under 100 feet but they tend to get beat up by storms.  There
are some decent ones in SE Florida between Miami and W Palm.  Sometimes
though the current is more of a problem than the depth.  When it is all you
can do to hang on to the down line, the dive is not very pleasant.

CH
----- Original Message -----
From: "David and Judith Andrews" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: Renting or buying? (Was: Re: FYI - Cozumel Conditions)


> i feel the same way. i fly rc planes and heli's for a hobby too. and ive
> sticked with one hobby store because they know the business well. im on a
> budget too, so id like to make one buy and be happy with it. but it seems
> from what ive read you need diff types of equipment for diff dive
> situations. hopefully diff reg do the trick. but mostly, ill probably do
> just rec diving to start in order to get some dives under my belt. maybe
> some freshwater here in iowa. do some of those dive trips i hear about.
> which pretty reasonable in cost, some offer all-inclusive for one week.
are
> there any wreck dives under 100ft?? it sounds as if most of them are over
> 100ft and require special gases to do.  thanks for all of the help. does
> anyone know of more web sites that could help me?? tim
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Huntzinger, Hugh A [AMSTA-AR-CCL-B]" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 9:29 AM
> Subject: Re: Renting or buying? (Was: Re: FYI - Cozumel Conditions)
>
>
> > Strike writes:
> >
> > > Tim!  As you're already starting to appreciate, everyone
> > > has their own particular thoughts about equipment.  But
> > > ultimately the decision must be yours as to what best
> > > suits your diving needs - and pocket!  (Although price
> > > should never be an issue when buying diving gear.)
> >
> > Agreed.  The good news is that there's a lot of very good equipment that
> is
> > pragmatically 'good enough' for most recreational divers, so its really
> > pretty hard to make an extremely bad choice.
> >
> > Also, I personally don't think that one has to spend the world in order
to
> > get a configuration that is good enough for one's needs.  For example,
> while
> > I'd never turn down a ScubaPro Mk20/G250, its 300+fsw depth performance
> > capabilities are overkill for normal recreational diving, so the less
> > expensive Mk14/R380 is probably a fair trade-off for most of us.
> >
> > Overall, budgets are a reality for nearly all of us.   Having a good
idea
> of
> > your objectives and requirements, with an eye towards how they may
change
> is
> > of very high value to making good, objective decisions.
> >
> >
> > > When you're ready to buy - and have some brand names
> > > and models in mind - ask the question and I'm sure that
> > > you'll get a wealth of information to assist you.  :-)
> >
> > For example, I'm of the opinion that brand & model aren't as important
as
> > the question of if you can get good, reliable local service for the
item.
> > After all,  the best regulator design in the world becomes a piece of
> trash
> > when it receives poor service.  Knowing what products your local shops
> offer
> > and which of those shops you trust is a highly localized variable that
> none
> > of us online can really answer...and a good question for your local
shop's
> > Technician is if they have any strong likes/dislikes of working on a
> > particular regulator...and why.  Personal preferences frequently
influence
> > the reasons and rationale.
> >
> >
> > -Hugh
>