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Dive line buoy with reel

7BDiver

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I haven't seen anyone use a buoy with a reel for the dive line and thought it could be very convenient for diving around the lake, so I made one. It won't pack away in a bag for flying but easy for local diving. The main purpose of this equipment is to keep track of divers in low visibility water by providing a reference point or line to attach to.

Things I like about it so far:
  • Effortless to pull around in the water, don't even notice the slightest amount of drag
  • Sets the line at depth or finds depth very quickly
  • Ratchets or freely drops line
  • Easily holds 100ft 3/8 line
  • $200 to make
  • Can rest fins and other equipment across floats or clipped to structure
  • ~20 lbs to pack around
  • Anchors to the bottom well and doesn't drift around in the wind much with light weight
  • Very fast and easy for relocating dive spots along the shoreline
  • Doesn't need to be inflated and can be disassembled easily
  • Ready to go as soon as I pull it out of the truck
Cons:
  • Bulky and odd shaped
  • Won't fit in a backpack
  • Needs gear ratio or longer lever arm for anything greater that 10 lbs weight
  • Design needs lots of refinement
    Buoy Proto.jpg
 
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Brochman

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I can remember seeing someone on this site a couple of years ago who made a Spearfishing board out of a( wake board, spearo board, small surf board cannot remember which one it was) but they had bolted a reel to the underside of the board, probably a bit more drag with it in comparison to your design though.
 

Mr. X

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Float looks cool.

I think I saw a commercial product, spearfishing float, that included a reel for the float line a few years ago - but perhaps I'm thinking of the float mentioned by Brochman?

Omer, I think, sold catamaran floats for spearos a few years ago. I think their model came with 2 sets of floats: one set inflatable and the other set solid - so you could choose which to use.

"Ain't nothin' new under the moon and the sun" :)
 
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Mr. X

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That's the one with the reel but not the catamaran float. I'll see if I can find it...

Here it is. It includes a reel too. Sounds like you were on same wavelength as Omer's designer. Pity it is no longer available, it is a clever, innovative design:

 

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