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Writing Underwater

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Writing Underwater

Post by yotter » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:28 am

I need to find some way of signing a log underwater (Salt Water) Guess whats coming later this summer? Anyway - checked the local dive shops and they seem to only have divers slates which they write on to communicate underwater. I am looking for something that can stay down for say six months at a time and can be written on - so I am looking for recommendations for Paper (or whatever) and the writing instrument as well.

May is going to be busy. . . . .

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Re: Writing Underwater

Post by hairytoeman » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:48 pm

Never used it myself yet, but I would go for a heavy aluminium foil which could be written on with a semi-sharp stylus type impliment. Waterproof, rust proof and rot proof. Would need rounded edges though.
Hope that helps.
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Re: Writing Underwater

Post by klossner » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:39 pm

I have seen a roll of very thick aluminum foil used as a cache log. The owner was trying to make it resistant to rain.

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Re: Writing Underwater

Post by wildfowler » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:55 pm

Think this could be the answer you are looking for!

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebooks and Paper

Rite in the Rain "DuraRite" Underwater Notebooks

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These are the people that make the yellow spiralbound logbooks for Groundspeak, like the ones shown below.
Waterproof Logbooks.
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Also a big supplier to the military too! If I remember right we used them with "Chinagraph" pencils

Best written using a soft lead pencil such as a "B" or a "HB" if you can't source "Chinagraph" pencils although a pen will work too just not as well!

Hope this is of help to you all!
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Re: Writing Underwater

Post by yotter » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:54 pm

Yeh Graham - these are the type of notebook we use when umpiring on the water so I know them quite well. However this situation requires the notebook/log to be fully immersed in salt water for probably six months at a go, so I am not sure these would do. Maybe have to think of another strategy but I really did want them to have to sign a log at 20m!

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Re: Writing Underwater

Post by wildfowler » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:12 pm

Did you read the write up on the "Durarite" Notebooks? They are made from a synthetic plastic paper! Should would grand underwater!
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