The wife and I managed to finagle in a boondoggle before Christmas to Maui. We managed to get in dives at Ka'anapali Beach, and Mala Wharf. Both of them were shore dives with tons to see, and a max depth of 40 feet. The water was 78, which is literally 30 degrees warmer than my last dive at home.
I used the Argonaut Kraken with just an SPG, a rental 80, and a Kam-EZ pack from USD. Cressi mask and fins, a USD knife, and a USD weight belt rounded everything out. Anna used a USD NAVCON VI, a VDH SPG, a VDH weight belt, and a USD Mariner pack. She wore original Espadaon Jet fins. There is nothing like diving in shorts with no exposure protection and no BCD. We were cruising.
BTW, Herman made a set of threaded adapters so I could use my Kam EZ pack with aluminum 80s when I flew somewhere to dive, and it works really well that way. If you need a set I’m sure you could bribe Herman into some. The original Kam EZ pack only works with steel 72s the way it came. Allan makes a travel harness that is great as well. Perhaps we could convince him to make a Kraken red one.
The above two shots are of Mala Wharf, which is a fantastic dive site on Maui full of white tip reef sharks and sea turtles.
Also, as is requisite for such things, log books were done with Old Lahaina, which is the locally made rum. It's quite good with some coke and a couple of ice cubes.
We ran into a gentlemen who retired from the Marine Corps and his wife, and I was in a rush so I don't recall his name. He and his wife were both super nice though. Hopefully he is a forum member, because he was pretty excited to see an original series one kraken. If you read this, it was a pleasure to meet both of you.
As usual, the Kraken proved its world class adaptability. I took my drysuit hose, BCD hose, octo, etc off of it, threw it in a suitcase, and beach dived the snot out of it with only an SPG. A far as doublehoses go, it's the most configurable regulator ever made in my opinion. Last week it was diving icy cold water with a drysuit, and this week it's beach diving in Maui with no redundancy other than your own skill.
Now we have to go back to Seattle...where it is 38 degrees. I think I'm going to need more rum.
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