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Good reminder, thanks. Every boat my wife and I went on in Puerto Rico and Mexico, we have actually been the only people (with a few exceptions) with our own gear so far (brought all our own gear always, except tanks). Most of the divers and crew did make remarks like "see how easy it is for these other people, no gear to clean, carry, etc"... so yeah, I guess you can do it many different ways, and have a good time. Better than being above water, any day.. I was recently on a boat with eight other people and they were all renting gear and nobody complained. We all had a good time.
Hehe.. this reminded me.. my daughter was flying to join us before our trip in a couple months. I asked her to bring her gear, so she just stuffed it all in a carry-on duffle bag at the last minute. She didn't think about the dive knife in her BCD -- she went through TSA/security with it, they didn't even stop her or anything, she didn't even think about it until after she landed. It's one of those "Auga Lung Squeeze Lock" knives, a little over 3" blade I think, but with a blunt tip. It looks pretty scary/aggressive to a lot of people though, so I'm surprised she didn't get stopped or questioned at all. We'll be leaving those at home.BTW, none of the dive police have confiscated my dive knife in the park.
I'm in the same boat, I just add a 7mm or drysuit and sometimes a hood and gloves for Seattle. Though I am thinking about getting a 24lb wing for travel, not that it is needed but because I like gear.I used almost the same gear in Puget sound as I do in Cozumel, aside from thermal protection differences.