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BlueWater Box
(#632, 1797, 1831, 2603)

Front View: Closed
Front View: Closed
 
Top View
Top View
 
Open for Rigging
Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired my BlueWater box around 1990, but do not have a record of exactly when or from whom I acquired it. I acquired a second from Barbara Anne Am Ende at the 2012 NSS Convention, a third (along with other eBay items) from David Jones in 2014, and a fourth in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

The BlueWater box is 76 mm. long, 131 mm. wide, 74 mm. high, and weighs 330 g. It is a double channel chest box consisting of an aluminum back plate, an extruded aluminum channel, and two cylindrical rollers mounted on a common bolt through the channel. Two bolts with wing nuts hold the channel against the back plate. The back plate has 52 mm. tall vertical slots for attaching the box to a chest harness.

There are no markings on the BlueWater box.

Comments

The BlueWater box was one of the earliest chest boxes on the market. It is a double-sided box designed for the Mitchell System and suitable for others as well. The box opens by unscrewing two wing nuts, which allows the channel to move away from the back plate, making room for the rope or sling to escape. I've always found this to be rather cumbersome. The bolt heads on the back of the box tend to dig into one's chest, but since the box is pulled away from the chest while on rope, the pain not as bad as one might expect.