Monday, June 1, 2015

Argonaut Kraken a year in review

In June we celebrate delivery of the First Series Argonaut Kraken regulators to all the backers of the Fundable Campaign. Please allow me a little latitude as I wax philosophically about what an amazing year it has been.
A year ago in February I asked my friends, dive buddies, customers and potential new customers to believe enough in our new regulator project to put up their hard earned money to assist me in covering the cost to manufacture them. You can still see the campaign on the Fundables website HERE
To my amazement we made our funding goal in 5 hours and went on to reach 160% of what our financial goal was!  Once again my most humble thanks to those who believed in the project and put their faith and trust in me.
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Now that the goal was met the real challenge was getting them all assembled, tested and shipped out to their new owners by the end of June 2014. With a great deal of help from my friend Rob at The Scuba Museum I was able to get them completed and we shipped 38 regulators to their new owners and 70 some T-shirts and certificates in a little over 3 weeks.
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Jerry Lang (aka Kemps Cow) takes delivery of his Argonaut Kraken at Portage Quarry
Over the last year I have been inundated with requests for information on the new regulator from around the globe and have shipped new Argonauts to 12 countries outside the US.
What I enjoy more than anything is getting pictures and E-mail from divers using their regulator and sharing them with their dive buddies and friends. This is the most rewarding part for me!
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We have over a hundred Argonaut Kraken regulators diving the world right now and I hope to double that number this year again.
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Argonaut Kraken in it’s element

Luis and I are continually working to improve the Argonaut and do our best to share these updates as often as possible.  What other company provides you direct access to the designer of your regulator as well as the person who assembled and setup each one of them?  Below is a photo of Luis monitoring and taking notes on intermediate pressure changes while diving.
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Let me wrap this up by once again thanking everyone who helped make the Argonaut Kraken project a reality. Without your support I’m sure we would still be stuck with the few working prototypes only.
If you are not a member of Team Argonaut there is still time to purchase one of the original configuration regulators remaining in the website store.

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