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  1. KrisB

    browning hideaway fiasco

    Peter: according to Making a Claim Small Claims Procedure Guide - Procedures Guides - Small Claims - Court Services - Ministry of Justice "You can file the completed notice of claim form by mail at the court registry nearest to either: where the defendant lives or carries on business; or where...
  2. KrisB

    browning hideaway fiasco

    I'm not advocating a punitive award like you see in the U.S. for "pain and suffering" -- just that those who suffered a monetary loss be made whole. if the business has to be sold to a responsible operator in order for the negligent operator to have the funds to pay the wronged parties, then...
  3. KrisB

    browning hideaway fiasco

    One of the costs of a charter op is insurance. And if not insurance, covering the cost of a loss when a normally insurable loss is incurred. SCC can be easy or it can be hard. Something like this should be straightforward. Fact: The gear was in John's custody. Fact: The gear was on a vessel...
  4. KrisB

    browning hideaway fiasco

    He owns a boat, doesn't he? And maybe a car? And even some real estate property? All are fair game for the judge to point out that he can provide the funds for the OP to be "made whole". Furthermore, he charges about $1500 for 7 nights. If he has *any* business at all, he will have no...
  5. KrisB

    browning hideaway fiasco

    Business operators don't have a statutory requirement to have liability insurance from the standpoint of general operations, though it is prudent. He may have insurance tied to his vessel operation (like your car insurance), or you could file a claim in small claims court that he may then have...
  6. KrisB

    Handling octopuses?

    Lecter: perhaps I should clarify further: if a DM is spearfishing / gathering dinner (whether tako, ulua or otherwise) while guiding divers, that is even worse than playing with the octopus. A DM has a much higher standard and should be setting the example for appropriate encounters with marine...
  7. KrisB

    Handling octopuses?

    If you could be guaranteed that the entertainment was actually going to universally entertain (and provide for) the DM, that would be a different story. There are many divers (myself included) who will withhold a gratuity when wildlife is played with... (do note from my badge that I am, uh...
  8. KrisB

    Handling octopuses?

    Lecter: what you do in your free time is different from what you do with a half-dozen vacation divers watching. Additionally, taking it home serves a purpose (you've got to eat), whereas playing with it just entertains.
  9. KrisB

    Free Diving Books

    Don't I know it. So far, I've been averaging a trip to somewhere I can dive about once every 3-6 months. But the trip isn't all about the diving, and usually ends up being 3-5 dives over a week. Some days I miss Hawaii life... but not all days.
  10. KrisB

    Free Diving Books

    You haven't hung up the backplate, wing and regs, have you Tim?
  11. KrisB

    Free Diving Books

    Wow! Are you moving?
  12. KrisB

    Lana'i diving

    I knew Trilogy had a location there, but wasn't aware of any gear or tank rental. I thought it was only for their land-based excursions. That said, a number of the Maui-based dive ops have been known to pick up divers from Manele Bay harbour on their way by... Might not hurt to enquire of...
  13. KrisB

    Lana'i diving

    You might be able to swim it (well, first cathedrals), but I'm not aware of any dive ops on Lanai from which you could rent gear (eg tanks).
  14. KrisB

    Handling octopuses?

    I'm in agreement (+3?) -- to answer some questions from observation: 1. Many DMs will play with wildlife -- the ones most likely to do it usually have a "tickle stick" clipped to their BC -- a 1-2' aluminum rod. Just something to watch for. 2. Hawaii octopuses do bite, but they're usually small...
  15. KrisB

    Sandals water sports desk Royal Caribbean in MoBay?

    Did you end up diving with them? How was it (the diving in that area, and the experience with the Royal Caribbean's dive op)?
  16. KrisB

    Maui / July 2013 - need help finding dive to meet family needs

    I've led 40' max dives at Molokini. There is plenty to see, so I'd argue that, while the advice to check out other sites is not bad advice, there's nothing wrong with doing a 40' dive at Molokini... you just won't get to see some of the cool stuff like the Reef's End drop off, or the Garden Eels...
  17. KrisB

    Maui / July 2013 - need help finding dive to meet family needs

    I've said it before, I'll say it again: snuba is an accident waiting to happen. The "instructors" are undertrained (minimum requirement is Rescue Diver and a one-day course for snuba) and you still have the most significant risk that scuba poses, namely, AGE from a breath-hold ascent. If you...
  18. KrisB

    ER1 on Suunto Cobra 2

    Chris: is there any offer you're prepared to make other than "buy a new one at full price"? It seems like the Cobra2 was a real dud, and the least Suunto could do is offer some sort of replacement plan... Especially because it seems the product should have been recalled.
  19. KrisB

    Bye Suunto, been nice knowing you...

    Yeah... it should have been fine. The fact that it wasn't is strong evidence that there's a problem with this model -- especially because this is apparently "common." The fact that Suunto wouldn't do anything except say "oh well, buy a new one" shows their customer service stinks. Even...
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