Wow! I don't post squat for a few weeks other than recouping my fail from grace with my MK7 Honker faux pax and everyone is upset about the future of not only vintage diving, but the direction that this community should take! To easy Folks, if it isn't fun anymore, cease and desist. If it is still fun and you are willing to spend time, effort and treasure, drive-on with a hard on.
Regarding "Sea Hunt Forever", I am in agreement with the issue that it should and always shall be a "Vintage Only" exibition. Granted, it would be foolhardy to think that every item such as masks, fins, hoses, etc., are truly "Vintage" items, though many are. If possible, reasonable historically accurate modern facsimiles can be and are at times substitued, wth an eye on safety as well. The point IMO is to demonstrate the diving equipment and techniques used from 1943-1962 as faithfully as possible, with specific preference given to the late 1950s and early 1960s equipment used in the show. This is my understanding of the "Sea Hun Forever" phenomenom.
That said, ever since I started diving DH again, I've foumd myself morphing into more of a traditionalist with 7 out of 10 dives being so called "pure" vintage when I go down to the Red Sea.The only time I single hose is when testing regs in a pool. I haven't single hosed dived in almost 4 years. I started out with a rebuilt DAAM converted to a PRAM and as one obsessive thing led to another obsessive thing came on, I got more and more into the "traditionalist" mind-set of VDH. In my opinion, it is ALL WONDERFUL, whether "Purist" or Modernist or Mixed". I truly wish I actually had a job in the US that woud pay as much as this one does (hard to turn away good money), or I would show up there in March with my 1959/60 Fathom 50, my dry suit and my kit and have a blast as well as finally meet some of you nabobs, gurus and potentates of the VDH world, have a beer and watch Sea Hunt at night then go for some good vintage diving during the day. Man, life would be good.
"Where'd ya get that ol' thang, don't cha' know them thare things ill kill ya!"
Live From the Red Sea,