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Black smb.

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Diver below 83, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Dominik_E

    Dominik_E Contributor

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    Against a white hazy sky I can see black having an advantage. From above, against the water, I think the classical signal colours will win...
     
  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

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    In foggy hazy conditions what counts is not color but contrast. black provides the ultimate contrast when you have light the situation is different and color can be helpful.
     
  3. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    Black doesn’t seem like a good DSMB color. Length is better - the guys in the SAR aircraft get eye-numbed quickly staring out at the ocean. You have a 10’ sausage folded into a triangle shape - that pops out.
     
  4. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

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    Only 10'? Who is going to see that? Here's a good starter SMB.
    Coastal-Compact-2-life-raft-Valise.jpg
    You'll have to clip it. It's slightly too large for a pocket.
     
  5. NothingClever

    NothingClever ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I might have to adjust my frog kick a little for that one. I could strap it neatly to the top of my DPV but there’s no clear notes pockets so I might have to pass.
     
  6. NothingClever

    NothingClever ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    That was the idea. I’m thinking isolated diver through the night. Has happened here a couple of times with the limited pool of boat charters available.
     
  7. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    Well that raft certainly has its advantages.
    I’ve only been rescued at sea three times while diving...twice in Hawaii and once in Floriduh, so I’m relatively new at this since I only started diving in 1961.
    I never got too concerned since I figured that they’d either get me, or someone else would.
    The few times that I broke down at sea in the US-by-God Navy were way more disconcerting.
    When, after all the other ship’s alarms sound, the loss-of-gyro end of the world alarm goes off, now that’s real downer time.
    To this day, I can’t describe what it sounds like...but when you hear it, you sure know what is as the ship powers down.
     

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