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drew posted 04-07-2001 02:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for drew   Send Email to drew  
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY GOOD IDEAS FOR A RACK TO HOLD SCUBA TANKS IN A 1971 NAUSET. EITHER FOR SALE OR ONES I CAN FABRICATE?
triblet posted 04-07-2001 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I could swear I posted this already.

Anyway, first, you don't need to show (all
caps). We can hear you.

The Pelican baskets that everyone uses on
their inflatables are pretty awful. Some
tanks with boots won't fit. Most booted
tanks that do fit hang up the boot on the
basket when you take them out. And some
(most?) tanks with a BC on won't sit all the
way down in the basket.

East Coast Plastics makes a system called
roll controll that I use on my Montauk and
am quite happy with. I know DIVE1 and a
couple of others here have them too. There
are pictures and a URL on my Montauk page:
http://www.garlic.com/~triblet/whaler/

Chuck

triblet posted 04-07-2001 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I meant shout, not show.

Duh.


Chuck

lonestarpa posted 04-07-2001 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lonestarpa  Send Email to lonestarpa     
I've make up scuba racks out of 6" or 8" pvc pipe, having to heat in an oven and reforming and mounting on a backer, either wood or aluminum. They are constructed so the tanks "snap in" and for transport or rough water we use a secure strap. Several instructors use them in this area and havn't had any complaints yet. Joe. if interested I'll have to measure the one I have left.
DIVE 1 posted 04-07-2001 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Drew,
I totally agree with Triblet. We have tried every tank rack and bracket on the market. The roll control system with the fold down brackets is the best. My winter rig weighs 90lbs with the weight pockets installed and it has never fallen out of the roll control brackets in rough seas.
Jim
triblet posted 04-08-2001 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
My experience is that the racks on the front
of the console need a bungee to make sure
the tank stays in the clip. I only use
the bungees if I'm going down to Carmel Bay
and it's choppy. The racks on the side of
the seat don't need bungies.

I think what happens on the front of the
console is that bow slaps down creating one
load, and the boat slows down a bit when
it contacts the water, and that pitches the
tank forward. I suspect that rear facing
racks would not have the problem.

Paul Braunbehrns has the same racks on his
Montauk, mounted above the anchor locker
facing to the rear. They can sit on the
anchor locker and put their tank on while
it's still in the clip, which is nice, esp.
given that Paul dives doubles.

It's usually Admiral Linda's tanks that are
in the rack.
I usually dive a Draeger Dolphin rebreather,
which uses little (29 cu. ft.) tanks. I
stow the two spare tanks between the
starboard side of the console and the
gunwale. I put a 1 pound soft ankle weight
between the tank and the side of the boat,
which keeps the tank off the side. The
console frame at the bottom keeps it off the
console. I put another soft weight behind
the tanks so the don't slide back much. One
of these days I'll fabricate something a bit
slicker.

Chuck

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