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    Pastilla ballast, easy to remove. DIY

    Hello everyone.
    This is my first post.
    Many times, after rising to the surface we are far from the boat. And we must wait to come to us.
    It is possible that wind and tide take us away.
    My idea is to bring a little wider. As used by hunters.
    I thought of using a piece of ballast as an anchor.
    A belt with buckles, can properly secure the tablet, while we dive
    Lastre-ancla 1.JPG

    Once released, I clipped it to my reel and let it get to the bottom.
    When the boat picks us up, get up the lead with my reel and back to my weight belt.
    I hope you like it.
    In this link, you can see all the photos.

    Diy a Tablet of Ballast, Also an Anchor. Lastre Ancla

    Thanks and greetings to all.

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    Dominus Diabolus Urinatoris ST-Forum Mod DevilDiver's Avatar
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    I think it is great that you are interested in making some of your own dive equipment.

    I don't want to discourage you but after looking over the ballast/anchor concept and the DIY dive reel I would caution you to be very careful and consider the dangers if you attempt to use these items.

    I would honestly suggest that you find some local experienced divers who you can share your ideas with and discuss the concepts and dangers of using reels and any kind of anchor system.

    Personally, after looking at both post I would discourage you from removing weight from your belt (and drop on the seafloor or coral) while trying to maintain a safe assent rate. This could put you into a uncontrolled assent that would be very dangerous to you.

    As far as the dive reel the biggest concern that I see (besides size) would be the line becoming tangled causing it to lock up. If you were deploying a DSMB this could also cause a uncontrolled assent, if you were dropping your anchor system and the reel became tangled it could drag or hold you down.
    Last edited by DevilDiver; 09-13-2010 at 18:20.

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    I think it is a great idea.

    Currents in the Pacific are pretty strong.

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    This is for use on the surface as OP stated. Interesting concept. I would be interested in researching what others have done and if it is workable.

    My reel is on my gun. The only problem I can see is a stuck anchor that may require retrieving or cutting loose.

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    Not a hunter CM, but I've seen a few do a DIY with a removable pin for the speargun reel axle just in case they need to get rid of it quick...

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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