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Bouyancy for loclite arms

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by Monbit, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    I just search "no copyright music."
     
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  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes. The strobes are almost neutral in the water.
     
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  3. diversteve

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    you can add something kije a STIX float to the arms to lighten the weight of the strobes. Even though they're designed for ULCS arms I've been told some of these floats velcro nicely around locline also. (post #5 in this thread) Stix Underwater Buoyancy Strobe Arms & Floats

    the downside is they probably cost more than your whole arm setup lol.
     
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  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    The floats aid in stability too, keeping the rig upright. If you nail the neutral buoyancy and are in low to no current, you can almost let go of the rig and it will just float there in front of you.
     
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  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not necessary. The (sea&sea) strobes only weigh 40g in water; others are similar. The TG-5 in its plastic case is actually buoyant. Most of the weight of the full system is in the tray, arms, and clamps.
     
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  6. Monbit

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    Thanks everyone for all your support.

    Have some items on order. Can’t wait to try them in the water
     
  7. Peter Bomberg

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    Depending on the depth you can get a fair amount of positive buoyancy (but as CuzzA, mentioned they do crush at around 60ft) by disconnecting the locline and stuffing them with pool noodle (I use the heavier duty pipe insulator as it takes more pressure to crush.

    The real benefit is the rig does not get any larger (and space is a real premium for me) also does not weigh much, I also made handles this way as I get lift and more comfort than holding locline segments directly
     

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