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If money was no issue...which CCR?

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by Selachimorpha, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Selachimorpha

    Selachimorpha Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: The Red Sea
    If money was no issue, which CCR would you get and why?

    I realise that the answer may depend on what you want to use it for, but if you had unlimited finances, which CCR would you buy and why?
  2. OldNSalty

    OldNSalty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Just this side of paradise.
    A nuclear sub? What?!? Its a form of CCR isn't it? Anyway, I guess I wouldn't becuase I don't have a truck big enough to tow it. Besides, there are no windows in the stupid thing...and they only come in black. Hey, I guess they are DIR compliant...if you have 2.
  3. rigdiver

    rigdiver Course Director

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Republic of Texas
    The one NASA uses on spacewalks.
  4. theshred201

    theshred201 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Guam
  5. Selachimorpha

    Selachimorpha Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: The Red Sea
    Can you take them underwater?
  6. Selachimorpha

    Selachimorpha Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: The Red Sea
    That´s the one Richard Pyle uses right?
  7. Gill Envy

    Gill Envy Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, WA
    first off, I would avoid using money as a measure, as tempting as it is. I would focus on what is most important to you, find out the rebreathers that match that desire set and choose accordingly. whether you end up with a more or less expensive rebreather ideally should not be a factor in your choice as it will make little difference once you get over the initial shock...it's a chunk of change no matter what you choose, you'll get over it. You might even end up single and with a lot more free time!:D

    things to consider:
    -front or back mounted counter lungs, both can be had with low work of breathing and good trim, making back mounted more of a viable option than used to be.
    -do you want a plug and play unit that walks you through the set up?
    -are your aspirations recreational or technical
    -do you want to be able to easily plug in other sources of gas to your loop without aftermarket additions? (does the unit come with additional MAV's?)
    -do you place robust build quality as a high priority.
    -is field serviceability something you prefer (will you be taking it to remote locations far from a service center?)
    -do you mind sending the unit back to the hatchery each year for maintenance or do you want to do the maintenance yourself?
    -if not field servicable, how far away is the manufacture from where you live (another country?)
    -do you want a manual or automated or a hybrid o2 addition system?
    -do you care if it's energy efficient or do you not mind popping new batteries in it frequently?
    -do you care how big the unit is?
    -how modifiable/customizable would you like the rig to be? some lend themselves more to tweaking than others.
    -do you care what kind of scrubber options it has, EAC (disposable cartridge) only, granular and EAC or radial vs Axial scrubber, or all three?
    -do you have a feel for how many hours you'd like for scrubber duration? (short infrequent dives... less might be better, less waste... frequent and or long dives, then longer duration is probably better)

    the luxury we have now is that there are a variety of decent options out there depending on what you want/need.
  8. caveseeker7

    caveseeker7 Rebreather Pilot

    Steam Machines SM1600, a MK15.5 with PRISM electronics, if money is no objective.
    If it is, a simple PRISM is just fine.
  9. bletso

    bletso Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Louisville KY
    Sage advice. Heed it. IMO, too much money has helped get a few divers the Darwin award.

  10. Mr.X

    Mr.X ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter


    The Cadillac of rebreathers of the time (1996+)...but prone to breaking, slightly refrig-sized and eclipsed by modern units which use some of the same innovations - hydrophobic scrubbers, HUD, buddy light, BOV etc.


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