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Why would you not buy a Draeger Dolphin?

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by BubbleTrouble, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Instructor, Scuba

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    You're talking entry level. I don't want entry level anything.
     
  2. o2deep4o2long

    o2deep4o2long Instructor, Scuba

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    5 to 6 meters is the maximum depth in the dolphin observation area, so an Inspiration is a little overkill. (Kinda like those 'Jersey Wreck Divers who dive the Benwood with doubles and/or pony bottles) (You know who you are.)

    So a Drager is just the right tool for the job.

    You could even do this trip with a LAR-V!

    :wink:
     
  3. o2deep4o2long

    o2deep4o2long Instructor, Scuba

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    Oops, let me answer Mike's question:

    "My name is Dan, and I am an Inspiration Diver."

    Hi, Dan

    A Drager is a good solution:
    1: If you are an image maker (photo or video)
    b: They can be purchased for about 20-40% of what you would spend on an Inspiration/Evolution/Megladon/Prism
    III: They cost about half as much as a KISS (both in funds and diver 'supervision' of the system)
    4: They work just fine on Nitrox alone.
    E: Much cooler than open circuit [Amish] scuba.
     
  4. BubbleTrouble

    BubbleTrouble Angel Fish

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    While I agree that would be a cool expedition, in my case the realities are as follows:
    - Cost of expedition: US$3895 ~ AU$5400
    - Cost of airfare to Bahamas: ~ AU$1500

    Total: ~ AU$6900

    For that money I can do 138 boat dives in marine diverse environment (anything from sharks, dolphins, seals down to pigmy seahorses etc) or 690 shore dives. I think the econimics of the above statement speak for themselves.

    I really don't need to invest such heavy duty cost into something that will only last 5 days. I'd much rather have 70-200 days of fun on open circuit (for now anyway).

    cheers
    Mike
     
  5. Mr.X

    Mr.X ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Lar V is a nifty little piece of kit. Question: What and where is the Benwood located? Pt. Pleasant?

    I love seeing double equipped divers doing 5 meter dives! :D x
     
  6. o2deep4o2long

    o2deep4o2long Instructor, Scuba

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    The Benwood (Key Largo, Florida) is over TWICE the depth that deep. It is nearly 11 meters, so doubles and stages may be the order of the day! :D
     

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