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SurfLung
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Porta Sub on Steroids

Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:21 am

Porta Sub on Steroids...
SubMerge UV-26 Diver Propulsion Vehicle
- I just scored a used UV-26 Scooter for an almost affordable price. How in the world did I come to this crazy decision?
- It must have started with Sea Hunt Jerry's Porta Sub restoration. Definitely a thrill and an honor to try that out. But it wasn't very powerful.
- Then SwimJim's tech-dive buddy Eric let me try out his modern black scooter (might have been the same as this one). I "flew" it all the way around Fortune pond at depths of 40-60 feet while wearing just one 50 cf scuba tank... And had half the air left when I finished. Wow that thing is powerful... LIke the Porta Sub on Steroids! But those kinds of scooters cost $4,000 - $5,000.
- Then my dive buddy Tom let me try his Tekna red scooter and that was very powerful too... And supposedly used repairable ones can be had for $400-$500. So I started watching the ads to see if anything came up. But nothing did.
- Then this UV-26 showed up. Retail price is $3800... WAY out of my comfort zone. But this "slightly used" one was priced less than half that at $1500... Which is what the best Sea-Doo scooters sell for and they're nowhere near the scooter that this is. I called my son in Colorado and told him about it... He can be a terrible influence... "If its a bargain price, it's better than money in the bank... You can always re-sell it and get your money back." Well he's definitely got a good point there.
- So I bought it this morning. Wow... I can't believe it. So now if I put a Voit sticker on it... Can I call it a Porta Sub on steroids?
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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:58 pm

Sweet! Now you'll have to get a pair of fins like Erics with the hole in the end so you can tow Rich around with a bungie cord! :D

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:55 am

Tekna Scooters.....When they are good, they are VERY GOOD....When they are bad....they are VERY BAD.
Doing it right should include some common sense, not just blindly following specs and instructions. .Gary D, AWAP on SB

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:41 am

Those Submerge scooters were the scooter of choice we used for some long stage cave dives in Akumal Mexico about 12 years ago. Always very dependable. We would scooter back into a system for quite a distance, drop a stage bottle, scooter a while longer, drop another stage bottle and the scooter, then continue on back-gas and fin power until one of our team of 3 or 4 called the dive for gas management (or until the realization just how freaking far we had penetrated underground in a water-filled cave system sunk in and one of us got the heebie-jeebies in a dark narrow space with lots of restrictions and a lowering ceiling). :D Only once did we have a scooter crap out on us but since our gas management planned for that contingency all worked out. Good times if you like three + hour long cave dives. Good score on the scooter! Brought back lots of memories. Mark

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:05 pm

very cool, add a retro Portasub wrap and have a low maintenance scooter! I just got 2 more Teknas, & 2 Farallons in working condition. Just add new batteries.
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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:57 pm

Nice score Eben. You'll have a lot of fun with that. Now you'll be able to explore parts of Fortune Pond that were previously available only by a long swim or parking on the other side... which is a PIA. See you in Yooper land pretty soon eh! :D

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:07 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6l-7OsrFEo I can see this coming up at Fortune Pond!

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:27 pm

Some of my well-off cave diving friends have those, and they left me in the dirt with my Oceanic Mako! Made the Mako look like a toy.
So now you know why I sometimes dive solo. (not the only reason)

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:07 am

Other Guys Buy Motorcycles...
- Thanks for all of the positive feedback, friends. My mind is still trying to justify the expense... Must be old habits of frugality.
- My latest self argument is this: Other guys buy motorcycles, snowmobiles, and jet skis that cost 10X as much. This scooter is only expensive when compared to all of the vintage equipment I bought for next to nothing. This argument is working. I can feel the tension releasing and the excitement building. Oh yeah, the UV-26 will pull me and my Mike Nelson tanks way faster than "Blaze"... And will power right through the "deadly current". (Thanks for that one SwimJim... I had not seen that Sea Hunt episode before).
- We're heading up to Fortune Pond in early August and I'm hoping to use the scooter in the great visibility up there. I hope to hear from the seller on a shipping date this morning. :)
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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:18 am

That scooter will tow a passenger. Works pretty well if the primary diver has a 3" ring attached on the back side of his crotch strap, and wears short doubles.
Passenger can hang onto ring, and rides just high enough to allow primary to use fins as needed. Not real streamlined but your machine can handle it. Probably a dozen other good ways to tow, but that worked pretty well for us. Maybe on a short line attached to the ring so the extra diver could have a lower profile behind primary, but he may get in way of primary's feet and fins.

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Re: Porta Sub on Steroids

Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:36 pm

I'd love to get one of these.

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