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  1. Belzelbub

    Nautilus Life Line from a divers and Captains view

    Aah. I see. I thought he was asking about the original Lifeline. Not sure I like that. I could see the value of only calling your boat in a non-emergency. However, in an emergency I would hope that both AIS and DSC alerts were sent. While AIS is becoming available on private boats, the...
  2. Belzelbub

    Nautilus Life Line from a divers and Captains view

    Papaw posted the link to the current version. The Original Nautilus was called Lifeline. The Lifeline had voice capability, the new one doesn’t. New one has AIS capability, but the original didn’t. Both have GPS and DSC capability. Neither have satellite capability. If diving in a remote...
  3. Belzelbub

    Nautilus Life Line from a divers and Captains view

    This is essentially correct. If the DSC equipped VHF is properly connected to the vessel’s chartplotter, the location info from the distress call will also appear on a capable chartplotter. Usually they are connected via NMEA 0183. NMEA 0183 is a frustrating standard as each manufacturer...
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    Nautilus Life Line from a divers and Captains view

    I’d say it’s better than a cell phone in a canister. With a cell phone, you are reliant on a signal from a tower. Where I normally dive, it’s not unusual for me to see “No Network “ on my phone. Even if you do have coverage, you are only connected to one contact at a time. With either...
  5. Belzelbub

    Best way to familiarize yourself with a new computer.

    That’s good to hear. Just wanted to make a clarification here. If the i550 stays in your reg bag, it is only a fail safe if you switch to it on dive 1. If you do a dive with only the i770 you can’t switch to the i550 for the next dive. In that case, the i550 wouldn’t have the correct tissue...
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    Best way to familiarize yourself with a new computer.

    Well, that’s just cheating. 😀. But I did similar. In my case, I started reading the manual well before I got my Perdix AI. Actually all three manuals, Perdix Manual, AI Manual, and Recreational Manual. I did lots of research before deciding to go with a SW. By the time I got it, I was able...
  7. Belzelbub

    How many dives does it take for one to be competent?

    It’s impossible for me to vote honestly on this poll. Though, I think the 100+ is closest. Way too much individual variability. Some divers take to it very quickly, almost like second nature to them. Those divers may be competent well before 100 dives. Other divers will never be truly...
  8. Belzelbub

    Scubapro Vs. Oceanic?

    Definitely a good choice. Back to the first two brands you mentioned, I would say Oceanic over ScubaPro. The Oceanics give you a choice of either DSAT or PZ+ algorithms. DSAT is definitely more liberal, but PZ+ may be useful if diving with buddies using Aqualung computers, as most are running...
  9. Belzelbub

    Do you really understand your computer, or is it a threat to you?

    And? This statement is accurate. Any dive computer is making a guess. To say otherwise would be at least obscuring the truth. Dive computers use theoretical models. They have no idea what is happening with the diver’s body. It is an assumption based on research, but it is still an...
  10. Belzelbub

    Shearwater Perdix AI Unable to Connect to Cloud

    Strange. For me, the iOS app finds my Perdix each time. The desktop app (Mac) has not always been trouble free. My MacBook is ancient, so that may be part of the problem. I tried many different versions of SW Cloud, and found that some definitely work better than others. So my...
  11. Belzelbub

    Do you really understand your computer, or is it a threat to you?

    And? You originally asked about advancements over your 24 year old computer. There are plenty of advancements. Not all advancements are aimed at diver safety. Many are aimed at convenience, ease of use and visibility. As I mentioned, algorithm based improvements are at least intended to...
  12. Belzelbub

    Backup regulators on dive trips?

    I normally bring several regulators on the boat. Up to three. Granted, two belong to my kids, but only use two at a time. I also bring spare o-rings and some tools. I’ve never had to use my kid’s regulator for either of us, but have swapped out for a buddy before. His reg was not breathing...
  13. Belzelbub

    Shot through the heart (somewhat graphic warning)

    I asked in a different way. Is it OK to buy fish or meat in a restaurant or market? You didn’t answer that one. You didn’t really answer the other one either. At least not directly, but you answered in a way, and seemed to completely miss the point. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and are...
  14. Belzelbub

    Shot through the heart (somewhat graphic warning)

    You didn’t answer my earlier question. Are you a vegetarian or vegan? If you are, then I can respect your convictions. If not, then you lose credibility. In this case, you are simply one who isn’t willing to do the deed themselves.
  15. Belzelbub

    Save the Goliath Grouper!

    I’m not sure. The slot limit is kind of limiting. 20”-36” is a small GG. Lots of other grouper can be caught in those sizes. $500 for a small GG just doesn’t seem like it will be a big draw. Several other forums and groups seem to be saying the same.
  16. Belzelbub

    Do you really understand your computer, or is it a threat to you?

    I was going to say that I bet Centrals is still using the same computer he was when this thread was started, but I see he beat me to it. Not difficult, but certainly not as effortless as me just turning my wrist and reading the full color display. There have certainly been advancements in 24...
  17. Belzelbub

    Save the Goliath Grouper!

    Correct. In order to harvest fish recreationally, a license of some sort is generally required. There are exceptions for children, seniors. There is no spearfishing license, it’s just a fishing license. A standard fishing license comes with some exceptions. Snook and lobster, for example...
  18. Belzelbub

    Save the Goliath Grouper!

    Good point. Not sure which was meant initially, I was thinking along the lines of stealing a caught fish. There is definitely evidence of that. If it meant eating all the other fish, then that would be a lot harder to prove. I don’t think that they move into a spot and eat everything in...
  19. Belzelbub

    Save the Goliath Grouper!

    What would you accept as evidence? I just went to YouTube and entered “Goliath grouper steals” and clicked on the suggestion. Several videos popped up showing Goliath groupers stealing catch. Most are from spearos, but that was expected. While I know that some H&L fishermen film while...
  20. Belzelbub

    Feature request: GPS

    Thanks. I see that Now. Disappointing. Looks like I’ll keep it at the current version for now as long as it keeps working. When/if it stops, I’ll figure Something out.
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