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  1. In my line of work, when I'm asked for a free appraisal, my standard reply is "sure.....when I get some free time". Bob
  2. I was in Mexico the first week of this past April. A place called Puerto Aventuras just over an hour south of Cancun. Stayed at the Hotel Catalonia, which is an all inclusive. And that included all you could eat/dink/consume. Dove with Dive Aventuras and they are located about 5 minutes from the hotel. In fact, they set the whole trip up, less airfair for our group (6 of us). The package included transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, 6 dives, 2 of which were Cenote dives and the hotel. Sight seeing (Mayan ruins) can be arranged through the hotel on Friday. I choose to dive, I can see the ruins on the discovery channel. The dive shop will spoil you rotten. Drop your gear off the first day and they secure it for you. Show up the next morning, put on your wetsuit and they carry your gear to the boat, set up your tank with bc and regulator and break it down after you dive, carry it back to the dive shop, rinse/clean it and store it overnight. If you don't bring your own gear, you can rent it from them. The dive boats can handle twelve divers and it takes less than ten minutes to get to the dive sites. Very easy currents, incredible viz and well trained divemasters. No need to worry about a buddy, it's pretty much a group drift dive. Here's their website: www.diveaventuras.com. It was a great dive trip, I highly recommend them. Bob
  3. Absolutely they hould be WIPED OUT, not just culled. I used to do a lot of off shore fishing for snapper, black sea bass, grouper, etc. Over the past 15 years, I have noticed a drastic reduction in what I were catching. Now, if I want fresh fish for dinner, I go to a local fish market and hope for the best. The causes for this reduction are the Lionfish and fisherman not obeying size and number limits on what they caught. Their thinking is, "if I'm paying to go out on a boat, I'm going to keep everything I catch". The Lionfish have voracious appetites and eat small game fish. Hence a reduction in the game fish population. The female Lionfish is capable of releasing an egg mass of 30,000 eggs every 30-40 days. This egg mass floats along in the Gulf Stream and the the hatchlings will congregate on underwater structure where they grow and eat everything they can. As they are very slow swimmers, due to their dorsal and pectoral spines, they do not move from one structure to another unless it is close in proximity. And by the way, there is no known predator for these nasty fellows. As a result, the Lionfish have populated the North American eastern sea coast as far up as New Jersey. There are now spotted reports of them showing up in the Bahamas as well as some of the Caribbean Islands. On a recent dive trip to Mexico, we saw a few juvenlies, which I dive guide captured. I have made a number of dives since last year off the North Carolina coast outside of Beaufort. We have collected, live and speared, a couple of hundred Lionfish for NOAA research on wrecks & structure in the 80' to 100' depth. What is most disturbing is that the large mature Lionfish have infested our wrecks and structure in water deeper than 120', as reported by qualified divers at those depths. So, like I said, they should be wiped out. And by the way, they are a pretty tasty fish also. Just beware of their spines. Feels like a really bad bee sting if you get stung. Hot water, as hot as you can stand, will disipitate the toxin and pain. Bob
  4. You sure that's a diving excursion you' re going on and not a photographic gear swap meet....... Have a geat time! Bob
  5. Dennis, There's one up for auction on Ebay. Current bid is $61.00 and there are 2 days left. This auction also includes an Oly 350 camera. Hope this helps you. Bob
  6. That's why you always carry a dive knife......good for cutting an airhose! That should get rid of the offender pretty quick! Bob
  7. I agree with Ram, take the 5mm. If you take the 3mm and start getting cold you won't enjoy the dive very much. And, you may have to cut the dive short. Better to be a little warm than cold. I don't think the water temp in March will be a problem with the 5mm. Have a good trip! Bob
  8. I've been on a couple of cruises with RCCL and I've booked diving excursions through them. Takes a lot of the guess work out of the trip. The dive operator picks you up and brings you back to the ship on time for departure. I am somewhat sketical of venturing off on my own on a cruise. You miss the ship when it departs and it's up to you to catch up with the ship...and that's going to be expensive. Bring your own gear, less weights of course, and the cost is less. Great diving in Dominica! Walls (Witches point) that go from 20' down a coulpe of hundred feet and "Champage" is pretty neat. Snorkeling in St. Kitts is excellent also. Haven't been back to scube dive there yet. West End Dive Center in Barbados is good also. However, u/w features we dove on were in less than 80' of water with so-so visibilty. We weren't very far off shore and the current had churned up a lot of debris. The dive center does not have a bathroom so you have to use the one in the bar next door and the owner does not like folks in wet bathing suits coming in...even if you buy a beer! Needless to say, he didn't get my business. Have a good cruise! Bob
  9. Thanks Eric. Just placed an order. Bob
  10. Hi Aki, Do a search on Ebay. There is a seller in Hong Kong (Nyxell) who has an Inon Z240 type 4 listed. In fact, he has ten of them for sale. Hope this helps. Bob
  11. My wife and I will be on a cruise in the Caribbean next month. Our first stop is Aruba. We have been there before made a couple of dives and snorkled. This trip we just want to hang out on a nice beach that isn't overly crowded with minimal "sales people", you know, the locals who stand in the sun and try to sell you everything from hair extensions to cd's. We will want to get there and back to the ship by taxi. The cruise line does offer a couple of beach excursions, but they are expensive and only last a couple of hours. Thanks, any and all recommendations will be appreciated. Bob
  12. Try Jack@oceanopticalsales.com. He can probably help you out. I have two Inon Z240s, how did you flood yours? I don't want to have the same problem, thanks. Bob
  13. Bill, Now, that's a great recommendation and probably a money saver to boot. Bob
  14. Great video! Very well done. James - a Warhammer is the computer game of fantasy battles. Check it out with google. Bob
  15. Eric, Any chance of getting some more XL in stock? Thanks. Bob
  16. If the arms are ULCS, which they appear to be, I am interested in one set with the three clamps. I don't need the subal nor the sea&sea adapters. Let me know if you want to sell separately. Thanks. Bob
  17. Mike, I sent you a reply to your message...."let's make a deal" Bob
  18. 1 - ULCS DB-03 3" Double Ball Arm 1 - ULCS DB-05 5" Double Ball Arm 3 - ULCS AC-CSF Clamps Thanks, Bob
  19. I've used csatravelprotection.com. Very competitive rates. Bob
  20. Hello Jack, I know you said that the Inon's are not available separatly, but.....if.....maybe you should change your mind, I would be interested in one of them. Which series are they..the I, II or III? Please let me know. By the way, the tray and handles arrive today. I can't wait to get my rig in the water. really nice design and very adaptable! Bob Cardini
  21. Good photo! Have you thought about using a polarizing filter on a shot like this? COuld give you some really dramatic results. I love my polarizing filter for water shots with clouds in the sky. Give it try next time you're out. Bob
  22. Will call them tomorrow. Their website is not showing anything for "Current Availablity". Could be a website thing. I will keep you posted. Bob
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