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Had a line (my own) get wrapped around both props this weekend, every time we would dive to try a untangle it, we would only have a few seconds of time under the boat. With the rough water this weekend and a large swim platform trying to get to the two inboards was a little difficult needless to say. Does anyone know of a short time underwater breathing device that would last about 3 to five minutes. Something portable and small. Ended up cutting the line off and broke one knife and lost two. What a pain in the A??.
 

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Don't they have little "pup" tanks or pony bottle that have built-in regulators for such use? Seems like I've seen them in a number of shows, used for emergencies similar to yours. Don't know how much they would cost though, but I could see it being pretty handy to have something like that on board
 

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QUOTE(gunner @ Aug 3 2009, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Actually, I tried using the beer bong but could of used a mouth piece.

If your boat is at Beacon see if someone can tow you down to the boat launch.....pull the boat in backwards to the launch and you be able to operate in knee high water.....just don't back it up too far so you don't mess your props/outdrive up on the ramp. I backed my boat in there a few years back to change my prop out.
 

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Be careful about using a hose.(don't) There is a certain length at which point you won't be able to get fresh air. It is a very short length.

The scuba guys can probablly explain why you should not use a hose.

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QUOTE(KMC @ Aug 3 2009, 01:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don't they have little "pup" tanks or pony bottle that have built-in regulators for such use? Seems like I've seen them in a number of shows, used for emergencies similar to yours. Don't know how much they would cost though, but I could see it being pretty handy to have something like that on board

http://www.spareair.com/

2 - 3 hundred bucks.

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We did get all of the line off and went for a short cruise, It took about three hours to do it in between beers and lunch. We made the most of it anchored out in front of Beacon Cove. I did find a device online that gives you three deep breaths for about $45.00
 

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QUOTE(gunner @ Aug 3 2009, 02:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>We did get all of the line off and went for a short cruise, It took about three hours to do it in between beers and lunch. We made the most of it anchored out in front of Beacon Cove. I did find a device online that gives you three deep breaths for about $45.00

That sounds interesting. Do you have a link?

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Do not use a hose. If you use a hose long enough to get under the boat you will exhale into the hose filling it with carbon dioxide which you will then breath in. If you exhale into the water the hose will fill up with water. Overall a bad system. Why do you think divers spend so much money on equipment.

A mask and snorkel will allow more time for underwater tasks if properly used and is handy to keep on the boat.

There is a secondary air supply system called "Spare Air"(google it) which is a small air tank and regulator to be used if a divers primary air supply becomes unusable. I saw one last week at Anchor Bay Scuba on M-29. I can't remember the price but I remember looking at it and thinking the price was pretty reasonable. It does exactly what you asked about. If you were to use that system do not descend just stay with the bottom of the boat for the repair. You do not have to dive very deep at all to encounter physical changes associated with diving. That is why dive training is fairly extensive. Just a reasonable warning.

Of course another option is to call a scuba diver. I have been known to dive for beers in situations similar to yours.
 

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Something like the SpareAir was what I was thinking about. Surprised they are that expensive. Before I saw that post, I googled around a bit and also saw a 3ft tank with an attached regulator.. looks like the same concept but not packaged quite a neatly. you can get pony tanks and regulators on craigslist for ~$100

I used to take guys out diving all the time. After recently reading "Shipwreck Hunter" book, think if I do it again I would get some rescue training and carry an O2 bottle on board
 

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It's cheaper to do what I did... Make my cousin dive down with a knife off of poor man's until the job is done. Too bad I didn't have my fish camera back then, I could have watched him doing all that hard work while drinking the cold one
 

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I almost had this happen at Beach Grille a couple months ago. Had to move for someone and in the process one of my own lines landed in the water and at the end of the night we discovered it. Luckily bumping the gears freed the line without incident.
 
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