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emcbride81
10-18-2007, 19:29
Anyone got anything to offer on surface marker reels? I know it is a pretty basic thing, but I want to buy one and only one, so I want to be happy the first time! I am looking at one of the reels on Scubatoys and it seems alright.

WV Diver
10-18-2007, 19:43
Well for a SMB that you plan to deploy at depth and store in a pocket when not needed you would likely want a finger spool.

Or do you mean dive flags?

Give me some more details.

DevilDiver
10-18-2007, 19:46
I use a finger spool purchased from Scuba Toys, of course!! :smilie_allesgut:

emcbride81
10-18-2007, 23:36
Yeah, a surface flag.

RoadRacer1978
10-19-2007, 13:40
I've heard of some people using one of these.

http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/071514/071514999661md.jpg

http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/071514/071514999661md.jpg

Pretty cheap way to keep the rope or card all wound up.

No Misses
10-19-2007, 14:22
I use a diverite deco reel w/optional drag. The drag option is a great asset when deploying the line. It keeps the line from "backlashing". The hi vis line is handy for locating the reel. I often tie it off to the wreck upon arrival. At the end of the dive I have to go find and retreive it.
Reel $80-$90
Drag $9
http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/img/fx4150or.jpg (http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/img/fx4150orlg.jpg)
Click image for high-resolution ENLARGEMENT Deco Reel

The Dive Rite Express exclusive Deco Reel is perfect for open water use as a marking/lift bag reel or a dive flag reel. Similar to the Safety Classic Reel, but with an X-large stainless steel bolt snap and 150 feet of our Hi-Viz Line (http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/reels.shtml#hivizline). Optional drag feature is available.

MSilvia
10-19-2007, 14:51
I've heard of some people using one of these.

http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/071514/071514999661md.jpg


I freakin' hate those things. Manual spooling and unspooling is a pain, and I don't care to deal with it if I don't have to. I went with the cost-effective option of one of these small Trident reels... they aren't anything special, but they do the job nicely:
http://www.scubatoys.com/store/accessories/pics/smallreel.jpg (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Reel_Small)

fire diver
10-19-2007, 17:41
I use a diverite deco reel w/optional drag. The drag option is a great asset when deploying the line. It keeps the line from "backlashing". The hi vis line is handy for locating the reel. I often tie it off to the wreck upon arrival. At the end of the dive I have to go find and retreive it.
Reel $80-$90
Drag $9
http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/img/fx4150or.jpg (http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/img/fx4150orlg.jpg)
Click image for high-resolution ENLARGEMENT Deco Reel

The Dive Rite Express exclusive Deco Reel is perfect for open water use as a marking/lift bag reel or a dive flag reel. Similar to the Safety Classic Reel, but with an X-large stainless steel bolt snap and 150 feet of our Hi-Viz Line (http://diveriteexpress.com/tools/reels.shtml#hivizline). Optional drag feature is available.

I use one of these also. Except I have plain old #24 cave line. I locate mine by sound. My normal dive spot has a spot I can clip my snap into. Then I put a tiny amount of tension on the line. When the wave bounce it up and down I can here "tink, tink, tink" from 50 feet away. (this is helpfull in 15 foot of vis).

I have one of those flat, wind-around things too. Used it once, and never again.

FD

mcc2318
11-26-2007, 20:58
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/071514/071514999661md.jpgThese things are horrible!!! There cheap but a pain to operate

Grin
11-27-2007, 07:56
I have one of those dive rite reels like pictured. It can be used a couple ways. One method is to attach a rolled up, uninflated, 6 ft sauage to it, clip it to your Bc and perform your dive until you are about to accend. Then flip the reel into freespool and use your reg to inflate the sausage, and up it goes to the top for the boat to spot, while you take your time accending and reeling in the slack.
The other way is to attach it to a fixed float you drag your entire dive. In this case you need a hook or clip to attach it to the bottom when you find something to investigate.

RoadRacer1978
11-27-2007, 09:05
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/071514/071514999661md.jpgThese things are horrible!!! There cheap but a pain to operate

Now in my defense, he said it was for a dive flag. Not a SMB or a float deployed at depth. For my dive flag I only have about 20' of rope attached to it. As I dive down I find a good spot to tie it off in the 15' to 20' range and then continue my dive. This is for shore diving in the local lakes. If I am boat diving I use a flag on the boat instead of a float. So one of these would serve my purpose very well. I understand it isn't good for many situations, but for a shore dive in a lake and when you will be tying the flag off rather than swimming around with it I think that this cheap option could be a good option. :)

Grin
11-28-2007, 09:13
Good points. Your descriptions point out the fact that there are so many situations and so mnay settups to accomadate those situations. Here in SE FL we have major variations of current. Some days there is none, then the next there is 3 -4mph current. I have about 6 different settups to accomadate differnt current and seas condition and dive profiles. Here's a list of some different situations.
All dives have a flag on the boat!
Diving a wreck in flat seas with no current= no flag or anything
Diving reef with current= drag a bouy, or instead maybe send a float up at the end of the dive, only if the boat operator is very good and the current isn't too bad.
Rough seas= drag a bouy
wreck dive in current= send bouy up before accending.
lots of current = drag a bouy

It varies day to day what the best option is. Basically it depends on everything!

TRACI
11-28-2007, 09:27
I think I am just going to get a finger spool reel that I can fit into my BC pocket.

MSilvia
11-28-2007, 12:46
I think I am just going to get a finger spool reel that I can fit into my BC pocket.
Great idea... unless you have to reel it back in quickly.

kancho
12-12-2007, 11:55
You can't go wrong for 10 bucks at ST. I ordered on. I will attached it on mty buoy.

Reg
03-03-2008, 02:18
Can you get a finger spools that does free spin?

in_cavediver
03-03-2008, 11:34
Can you get a finger spools that does free spin?
They all do. All you have to do it drop it!

The spool is literally a spool. Nothing more.

cummings66
03-03-2008, 23:07
I dropped one once, and it sure does spin.

Reg
03-05-2008, 00:30
I haven't used a SMB yet so excuse my ignorance, by drop it do you mean.
1) Attach it to the SMB
2) Drop the Spool,
3) Inflate the SMB ?

cummings66
03-05-2008, 07:14
When I dropped it, it was an accident. You could inflate first let it go and then drop it. The reel tends to stay near to where you are, but you have to catch it before as the SMB hits the surface or it drops to the bottom.

DarinMartell
03-05-2008, 07:21
When I dropped it, it was an accident. You could inflate first let it go and then drop it. The reel tends to stay near to where you are, but you have to catch it before as the SMB hits the surface or it drops to the bottom.

Hey, here's another use for the "Muck Stick" we have been talking about on another thread. Slide it through the center hole and let the smb fly.