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Slim DSMB or Wide DSMB

Discussion in 'Lift Bags, SMBs and Reels' started by Domovoi, May 19, 2020.

  1. Domovoi

    Domovoi DIR Practitioner

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    Hey! I was hoping to get some opinions as I'm stuck on which to buy. I've been shopping around for a 6' DSMB and I was wondering what people generally prefer. Does the Wider DSMB get in the way more or is it fine so long as it fits in a pocket? It looks like it would take up a lot more space. Here are the comparisons.

    Super Big Slim Diver's Alert Marker, 6'

    Super Big Diver's Alert Marker, 6'

    Not necessarily going with Halcyon, but it was easy to show the same brand with the different sizes. Thanks!
     
  2. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This might be more a question for the ladies.

    But, for me, I go for the slim just to have a smaller roll.
     
  3. divezonescuba

    divezonescuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    One of each.

    The wide six foot one for drift type situations where towing water resistance Is not a factor, but being found is.

    The thin one with lesser towing resistance for having to swim underwater while towing it from below. A small thin four foot one takes up hardly any space.

    The difference in towing resistance can be significant.
     
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  4. PoolsOpen

    PoolsOpen Nassau Grouper

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  5. Domovoi

    Domovoi DIR Practitioner

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    Normally I'd go with the DGX option, but I'm trying to support the LDS in this case since the whole COVID thing is hurting local business quite a bit. This is the only local tech shop in my area, so if I have to spend a bit (twice) more to help them stay in business, so be it.
     
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  6. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Good show.
     
  7. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Speaking as crew on a dive boat I know bigger is easier to see

    With that in mind I use this

    Super Big Diver's Alert Marker, 6'

    I bungee it to the bottom of the weight pocket on my Hydros Pro with the spool attached and clipped to the D ring there
     
  8. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

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    Rough waters, then a big one (2m). Calm waters, then a little one. If I am diving with a buddy, I will likely take my smaller AP DSMB (1.4m long x 20cm wide) and smaller Apeks 15m spool. If I am in a group of divers, then there will likely be more than one or two DSMBs. Two or three little or skinny DSMBs on the surface will like provide as much visibility as a fat 6' DSMB. I dive with a smaller setup for most dives especially when I know the other divers have DSMBs.
     
  9. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Kartoffelsalat ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I use a smaller slim DSMB when in calm conditions or simply to mark my location underwater in an area with boat traffic.

    When ever I go to the Med sea where the conditions can be rough I take a large and wide 6ft DSMB to have the best option of being spotted should something happen.

    So basically it depends on the general conditions of where you will be diving.
     
  10. Peter Bomberg

    Peter Bomberg Solo Diver

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    Slim for packing and weight, towing is easier but alas you loose how visible it is so, the real question is what are you using it for. I switched ours to slim 6ft versions
     

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