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Thread: Brownies or AirLine ? Which is Preferred ?

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  1. #1
    May 2015
    New England
    Minelab Equinox 800, Excalibur, GPX 4500, Tesoro Cibola
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    Brownies or AirLine ? Which is Preferred ?

    Currently considering purchasing a hookah for next Spring/Summer season. I know there are a bunch of members on here who currently use or own a hookah and was just wondering which Brand/Model is preferred & Why ? It seems the two most prominent brands are Brownies and Airline. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    The continuing adventures of Ropesfish -

    Jun 2007
    Sebastian, Florida
    A sharp eye, an AquaPulse and a finely tuned shrimp fork.
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    We have a Brownies Third Lung....comes with a nice inner tube and good quality hoses and regs. There is never a quality issue with Brownies.
    We also have a HookaMax ($2000-it works fine for one or two divers.
    It comes with a cheap PVC dinghy for a float...Look it up on EBay and then look at the Northern Tools website and search for "Model# CTA5090412". It's the same compressor with a long tube for an intake snorkel. It turns out that it is manufactured by Coleman and their part number isCTA5090412. It is sold by a dozen different vendors and would not be hard to rig yourself and save some money.
    OR...buy a new Max Air 35 SCUBA compressor for$3000 and some tanks...fill your own tanks at home and use normal second stages on 100' hoses on a normal first stage on a tank. No noise, no carbon monoxide and you can make a few bucks back filling your friend's tanks.
    Do yourself a favor...put a swivel on every regulator. Your neck and jaw will thank you for it.
    Bill Black
    Search and Salvage/Caribbean Treasure Salvors
    Sebastian, FL

    Subcontractor on the 1715 Plate Fleet "C-31"
    “You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes



  3. #3
    May 2015
    New England
    Minelab Equinox 800, Excalibur, GPX 4500, Tesoro Cibola
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    Thanks Ropesfish, lots of options I can see............leaning towards the Brownies. Thanks again.
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    Jul 2005
    Ft Myers, Florida
    Fisher CZ21, Tesoro Tiger Shark
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    Ropesfish, you continue to amaze me!
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  5. #5
    Jan 2011
    Fort Pierce, FL
    Fisher CZ-21, Fisher Impulse, Gold Bug II
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  6. #6
    Stickmarsh Jedi Master

    Mar 2014
    Florida Treasure Coast
    Tesoro Sand Shark...... Atomic SV2 snorkel...... Scubapro Jet Fins................... Mares Puck dive computer....... Sherwood Silhouette BCD....... Poseidon Cyklon 300 regulator...
    1233 times
    Like Ropesfish said, Brownie's 3rd Lung seems to be the one of choice here on the Treasure Coast.

    Personally, I don't like hookahs. I'm much more comfortable with a tank, but that's just me.
    "Today's the day!" - Mel Fisher

  7. #7
    Jul 2011
    470 times
    I had rather dive with a tank, too. If you want a hookah, I would suggest a Brownie, too. I used a Keene dredge with regulator years ago. The regulator was the cheapest one on the market & was tiresome to breath through. I took it to my friend's dive shop to be rebuilt & adjusted, & he couldn't make it breath much better. I switched back to SCUBA & finished the dredging project.

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    Pirate of the Martires

    Feb 2005
    Port Richey, Florida
    Aquapulse, J.W. Fisher Proton 3, Pulse Star II, Detector Pro Headhunter, AK-47
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    Here is a 12 volt compressor for half the price:

  9. #9

    Sep 2013
    100 times
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    I not only treasure hunt but work as a malacologist (freshwater mussel biologist). We dive 40-100 days out of the year and love our airline hookahs. I have had nothing but good experiences with the gear and support staff.
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  10. #10
    Apr 2008
    Daytona Beach, Fl.
    Whites SL90, Surf PI, Minelab Excalibur 800
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    I have used Air line .by J.Sink for 15yrs. And never had a problem with it . brownies overheats and uses a cheap compressor. . It’s your life pick well. Pm me if you have a question

  11. #11

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
    JW 8X - ML X2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvest View Post
    I have used Air line .by J.Sink for 15yrs. And never had a problem with it . brownies overheats and uses a cheap compressor. . It’s your life pick well. Pm me if you have a question
    And now twice I see you have taken a "stab" at Brownie... to which you have YET to respond to...

    Like I stated in the other thread where you called Brownie a "deathtrap"...

    """"Brownie is the leader in third lung tech.

    Also... I have used compressors of all types for eons... and downgraded to a 285x which has been pounded in hours over 10 years now... with one cup / reed replace.

    2 diver's @ 133 foot stretch.

    Brownie's Marine Group is the world's leader of surface supplied air diving systems.

    So why would you make a statement of "deathtrap"... ?

    O am curious... What do you base this on ?

    My Brownie has been a loyal comp... and I would not even consider another compressor. """"

    Now another comment without merit and a "plug" no less. - Sponsor for Sink OR ? ? ?

    P.S. Batteries are for toys. heh
    Have permission... Fill holes... Dispose of trash. - The Random Chat Thread - AKA -" TNet Under Ground " http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...l-welcome.html

  12. #12
    Jul 2018
    109 times
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    What are you using it for, that makes a big difference...Fresh/salt, depth, #of divers?
    son of the son of the son of a sailor....



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