I have been contemplating adding a foot controlled variable speed motor to the 100m reel. I think this could be very useful and would eliminate some struggles with reel management during dives where another person is not available to be your tender. The delux setup would also have a mechanism similar to a fishing reel that moves the tether back and forth as it reels out and reels in.
I have been envisioning some type of wide base that the reel could be mounted to for stability. The motor could be either attached to the base or to one of the reel legs. It would be nice if there was a large gear that could be mounted on the reel face so that a gear on the motor could interface. Maybe a 3D printed part.
I’d like to hear other peoples thoughts on doing this.
I have yet to take off the outside cover of the reel to see the spindle axle inside. The reel spins with just too much resistance for my liking. Perhaps if it was ball bearing mounted it would facilitate easier deployment while piloting the Trident.