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    doesn't seem to have quite enough bling to be a russian.

    is that a young russian lady trying to escape from his suit by the backdoor?

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    We tried this idea years ago (before my time in the other place) after seeing pot markers using bin liners as flags.
    One of the lads worked at a plastics factory and made a few up.

    I think I retired mine after 1 outing. The general concensus was that bin liners were used as they were cheap!

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    When I used to fish a waggler at long range on a flat day black was best, orange when it blew a bit

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    Does it belong to a team of divers called Disaster Area who have their name written on the SMB with black marker?

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    Maybe someone should come up with an SMB made from alternating bands of orange, yellow and black. Should work in all conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit of Guernsey View Post
    Maybe someone should come up with an SMB made from alternating bands of orange, yellow and black. Should work in all conditions.
    Aqua elevation have just about, one of mine from them is black and red. You canna deny the law of physics; one a bright day black is clearer than red in open sea and if the grow bag misses me, my bag and beacon, he should retire and give Kate and the nation more of his time...
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    Black DSMBs - they're for cave diving, aren't they?
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    Funnily enough, one of the most effective things I have seen was almost certainly accidental. It was a few years ago and I think there was a bit footy match coming up, one of the guys had used one of those cheapo England flags and cable tied it to the top of the SMB. It stood out a mile, not the colour but the flapping motion.

    The round/lift bag type SMB are useless, they look just like a pot buoy - something we routinely ignore, as can a fluorescent hood.

    As for the micro halcyon ones (which I have) they should only be used when it is flat calm, or amongst a group of people who also have bags up. Yellows can disappear if they are seen up-sun from the boat. Yellow/red ones can be seen for miles but unless you plan to dive only with your own club forever they could easily cause a momentary blip in blood pressure in yoru skipper. Always remember it might be a busy wreck with lots of other divers on it not from your group. Lots of people use a yellow bag to signal a cock up and this is increasing.

    Never forget the best signalling device you routinely carry is your torch.

    If you use a yellow bag for distress then mark the fecker up to say as such. SOS, oh FUCK etc needs to be loud and clear. Also agree what you want to happen if you use the bag with the skipper before the dive. If you want a drop bottle then bring one, don't expect me to try to set one up in a hurry and get it to you. I have no idea what you want and will quite happily send you a fire extinguisher.

    Oh, and the final bit of SMB rant is don't send one up the shotline! If you find the shot is busy and don't want to fight your way to 6m drift away from the bloody thing before putting your bag up. Having seen the result of people being hit by a bag and missing a decent wodge of stops it isn't pretty.
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    I seem to remember some years ago attaching porn to a DSMB in the hope that it might attract the attention of a very easily influenced young deck hand. He was quite taken with the gesture, but it was mostly wasted since he didn't get to see it until we handed it up to him.

    But this has given me an idea. Perhaps we can taunt you ladies on the boat with my new SMB design:



    That is clearly me posing with it, I would be dressed as such on the dive just in case you change your mind

    But I agree - it is visibly not a great idea. Personally I am a big fan of a good length (fnar) and it being good and turgid (double fnar) on the surface. Most of the time when I have been missed by a skipper it is because there was only 4 or 5 inches sticking out (triple fnar) until I could get my mouth round it (quadruple fnar) to get it good and firm again (quintuple fnar)

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