This section includes a detailed description of the Kirby Morgan SuperLite® 17B as well as important operational specifications.
SL 17B - 29.03 pounds
Fiberglass, polyester resin, polyester gel coat, and carbon fibers
Scratch Resistant Polycarbonate
Nylon bag filled with #4 Polyester foam
All helmets and masks are lubricated at the factory with Christo-Lube®. Kirby Morgan recommends Christo-Lube® or Tribolube® for all gas train components. Dow Corning® 111 Silicone or equivalent may be used for helmet and mask components that are used with gas mixtures containing less than 50% oxygen.
The 505-027 SuperFlow® regulator on the SuperLite® 17B offers high performance. The regulator has been tested at Dive Lab at Panama City, Florida. It meets all current U.S. Navy and European diving standards.
Maximum depth on air 220 FSW (67 MSW) with the old style single exhaust or the Tri-Valve Exhaust®. Maximum depth on air - 150 FSW (45.73 MSW) when equipped with the old style double exhaust whisker assembly. Maximum depth on HEO2 Surface Supplied, 330 FSW (100 MSW) Work rate - Heavy - 62.5 - 75 l.p.m. RMV. Maximum current - 3 knots with standard exhaust, 5 knots with Tri Exhaust Umbilical 3/8” Maximum length 600’ (183 MSW) Breathing Gas Requirements, 4.5 a.c.f.m. at the side block at depth.
The cage code for identifying KMDSI products for U.S. government purposes is 58366.
The minimum operating temperature recommended for this helmet is 34 °F (1 °C), without the use of the water shroud P/N 525-100 and hot water.
Without a hot water shroud, the diver may be subject to hypothermia due to cold gas inspiration temperatures.
NOTE: Usually the greatest danger of demand regulator icing will be encountered on deck when the surrounding air temperature is less than 32 °F (0 °C). This effect is primarily due to the refrigeration effect of breathing air pressure reduction, and the addition of moisture from the diver’s exhalation coming in contact with the topside air temperature.