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By Elizabeth A. Ginns — July 2003
Getting to a boat’s hull underwater isn’t easy, usually requiring heavy, cumbersome scuba gear. But now with Vancouver, Canada-based Atlantic Engineering’s fleet of battery-powered surface-air systems for shallow diving, the process should be a bit easier.
The heart of the Sea Breathe system is a small, 12-volt, oil-less diaphragm air pump. At the flick of a switch, air is pumped through the hose to the diver, who breathes through a “demand regulator” (like a scuba regulator, but specifically designed to operate at ultra-low pressure) that provides a steady stream of oxygen from the surface to the diver.
Two models are available: a floating unit and a deck unit. The deck unit measures 16"x8"x8" and features a 12-foot power cable that connects the system to the boat’s battery. The floating units have their own batteries, which last for 60 to 90 minutes before needing to be recharged. Floating units range from $1,495 to $1,895, and deck units start at $799. Basic NAUI dive training is required to use the system.
Atlantic Engineering Phone: (604) 980-2936. www.seabreathe.com.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.