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Retractor

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by rc.chris, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    I use a similar one for my console except it has a frog on it. :wink: The lock is handy.
     
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    The issue you mention is why I put my compass in a bungee mount on the back of my left hand. My natural dive position is displayed in my avatar...by bringing my hands closer together I can see the compass and the luber line is naturally lined up with my direction of travel/center line of my body. My computer is on my right forearm and since it is AI I have all the info I need right in front of me throughout the dive, kind of like a dashboard.

    -Z
     
  3. Brett Hatch

    Brett Hatch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I do the same with the compass -- bungeed to the back of my left hand. That little extra bit of wrist articulation makes the natural hand position also the best position to use a compass, it's really nice. My hoseless AI computer is bungeed to the back of my right hand. That leaves no space for a Goodman handle so I don't use one anymore, I just boltsnap lights to my chest D-rings. Overall it is very streamlined and easy to use. If I ever splurge for a big can light, then I might need to reconfigure things to make space for a Goodman handle.

    Still have an analog SPG boltsnapped to the left hip D-ring, but thinking about removing it from my reg and tossing it into my save-a-dive kit. Since I don't do overhead dives, deco stop dives, or dive under boat traffic, I cannot imagine a situation where the computer would fail and I would subsequently care what the analog SPG says anymore, because at that point I'll be bailing out to the surface.
     
  4. Dubious

    Dubious ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This if you are using a counsel and have a long enough hose. The right shoulder d-ring is where my wife used to put her SPG. You would only need to unclip it for compass use (if your counsel has one on it). You will see it at all times meaning it won't be dragging behind you like I have seen too often in my short time of diving.

    Like many others, both my wife and I now clip off our SPG on our left waist D-ring with dive computer on right arm. Having used a counsel in my open water training I found a wrist computer so much more convenient.
     
  5. BRT

    BRT not a soft touch ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes, I like one with a lock. And I prefer a console. I never forget it and always have all of it. I hang a spare computer on a wrist strap from the console hose.
     
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  6. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    i forgot to say i use 2 re tractors on my o2 and dil gauges on my ccr
     
  7. NorCalDM

    NorCalDM Barracuda

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    I use a retractor for my compass I find it easier and more accurate for me to hold it in the palm of my hand. The compasses I buy have a small retracor mounted to the back so it is pretty compact and doesn't dangle. I only have an SPG clipped to my hip so no console for me.
     
  8. emoreira

    emoreira Dive Resort

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    The one I use has several years now. Originally the cord was a stainless steel 1 mm cable, but with time and use it broke, so, several years ago I replaced the SS cable by a 1 mm nylon monofilament and it's still working, even better than original.
     
  9. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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  10. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I store my DSMB and spool in the left thigh pocket of my drysuit (AL fusion bullet). I have not had any issues getting my hand in/out with the compass on the back of my left hand.

    -Z
     

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