is a Bauer
Oceanus dive compressor (supplied at discounted rate by Bauer
in Singapore in partial sponsorship), mounted next to the The
Watermaker Store (USA) generator and powered
from the same Kubota engine via a belt and magnetic clutch that
we can switch on when required.
is a manual override in case the electromagnetic clutch fails. The
belt tension is controlled by having the compressor on a sliding
mounting plate that I can drive in and out towards the Kubota engine
via a hand-operated screw.
engineering work to mate these units was sponsored by our very creative
and helpful Techmaster
Engineering Pte Ltd in Singapore. The compressor
draws its air via a large-bore snorkel from the cockpit (see the
clear plastic hose in the middle of the photo). The high-pressure
air is fed out via a long 5000 psi hose to the lazarette, just below
where we keep the 6 dive tanks. This hose unfortunately blistered
and so now we're using the original short hose that came with the
compressor. We have to take the soundproofed side panels off anyway
to keep the unit cool when running - pretty noisy!