There would certainly be utility associated with a robust inline disconnect for the umbilical. It would be worth $120 - $150 to me at least for the cost of reliable underwater connectors. I sent an email to MacArtney, the company that manufactures SUBCONN connectors. Here’s a response I received from their PacNW manager… Note the issue he raises re: the jacket on the BR2 umbilical being polyethylene. Polyethylene seems to be stronger than polyurethane. I currently have a polyurethane umbilical for a sidescan sonar. It is much softer than the jacket on the BlueRobotics2 umbilical. In field use, it is easy to tear/nick, etc.
Has anyone found a good PE-compatible connector body?
Thanks for thinking of us.
Our Subconn Micro series bulkhead & inline connectors may be a good option for being able to remove the tether from the vehicle. Here is a link to the product line:
However the cable spec shows a Polyethylene jacketed cable. We can’t mold to that material. We can mold to a Polyurethane (PUR) jacketed cable. Is there any way that you can consider an alternate tether? If so, we can likely find and price out a PUR tether for you.
Please let me know.