The $100 hookah
After years cruising my Tayana 37 between SF and Mexico, decided to put a hookah aboard. Nice to be able to clean the bottom, but mainly I want to be able to spend more time underwater if I get snagged in a net on the outside of the Baja. I just past 70, can't hold my breath as long as I used to.
There are some good systems out there in the $1000 range.
I assembled mine for a few bucks north of $100.Harbor Freight has oil-less 3 gal 100 psi compressors on sale for $40. You read that right, forty USD. Half price. Brand new regulator (eBay) about $60. PVC hose - mine is 50'. $12. Heat in warm water, soak with mild solution of simple green and flush well to get rid of plastic taste. 3/8" hose fittings Home Depot or Harbor Freight.
I field tested mine in a Bay Area marina, wearing 3/4 wet suit. Awesome!
[As I just fact checked this, I found hookah regulators on eBay for $28 new. I would still go with the $60 ones, much nicer.]
Glad to answer any questions.
Charles Lane SV SHAMWARI
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[HEY!! YOU OUT THERE!! NEED I ADD, DON'T USE THIS FOR DEEP SEA DIVING!!!!! CLEAN YOUR BOTTOM, CUT THAT TWISTED POLYPROP WRAPPED AROUND THE PROP SHAFT, AND GO BACK UP!!! THANKS.]