Uneventful was the word of the day yesterday at the Florida Sea Base. The divers spent the day aboard BSA Explorer with Captains Dennis and Scott. They enjoyed less wind and diminished seas. They made dives at Rocky Top and Aquarium. Both sites are patch reefs in 30′ to 40′ of water.
Coral Reef crews from Silent Harmony and Jewel of Athena enjoyed shore leave at the Florida Sea Base. It was a great day for small boat sailing, tubing, kayaking and volleyball. I spoke with a few of the adult leaders who said they were having a great time. One said this was the best week of his Scouting life. (We do what we can.)
Capt. Rich drove to Key Largo to investigate dockage options for part of the summer Scuba Liveaboard and Eco Adventure fleets. (We have used Smuggler’s Cove in the past but they have a major rebuild of their docks in progress. It does not appear they will be available in time for our summer season.) I stayed at base and mainly worked on the compressor procurement. (I am VERY close to final resolution.)
Our temperatures should range between lows of 70 and highs of 80 for the next several days. Winds will be VERY mild, maybe too mild for the Coral Reef and Sea Exploring vessels to get in much sail time. But poor sailing means excellent snorkeling and enhanced possibilities of catching lobsters for dinner. We have essentially no chance of rain for a while. The sea water temperature on the ocean side of the Keys is 75º while the bay side is reporting 73. The water temperature changes quicker on the shallow bay side where air temperature has a bigger influence. The ocean side is affected by air temperature, but the water depth and Gulf Stream Current have significant impacts on the ocean side conditions. The ocean side temperatures are more stable slower to change up or down.
I plan to post again tomorrow morning but I leave very early Friday morning and will be gone through Monday morning so I may not have an opportunity to post again until Tuesday morning. I will post sooner if circumstances permit, but I expect to be very busy most of the time I’m away. I will be attending the BSA National Aquatics Task Force meeting in Dallas Friday afternoon through late Sunday.
Make it a great day.
Aboard S/V Escape