SCUBA

We recently hauled BSA Centennial Eagle at the Marathon Boat Yard for her annual US Coast Guard inspection, repair for a coolant leak and a bent prop.   The captain had reported hearing a thud or bang while backing the vessel into the slip some time ago.  Yesterday I noticed that the visibility in the FSB harbor was unusually clear.  So I asked Scuba Commissioner Captain Alex Bergstedt to round up some staff members to snorkel the area looking for a possible hazard.  Captain Alex was joined by Program Mate Michael Hare, Dive Boat Mate Chris White, and Divemaster Chris Tomlinson.  Here they are, hard at work:

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And here’s what they found:

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It is a section of very heavy pipe.  More than 50% of it was sticking up above the mucky bottom.  We did find what we think is a prop scar on the pipe and hope this was the culprit.  The harbor was dredged a couple of years ago any who knows what debris is lying down there.  Occasional searches in the future are probably warranted.

If you have ever attended any of the Florida Sea Base scuba adventures, or if you have served on the scuba staff, you may recognize the emblem in the lower half of this photo.

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The lower part of the image is the Florida Sea Base Ships Wheel as seen through the observation window in the 10′ deep scuba training tank.  If you look very closely you will see a faint line across the center of the photo – this is the edge of the pool.  The upper image is the reflection of the logo on the bottom of the pool’s surface.  It is blurred by the whirlpool which is caused when the pool’s filters are pumping.  I thought it was pretty cool.  The logo will be removed from the existing pool and hung on an exterior wall at the new pool.  The new pool also has an observation widow ($12,000 window!) and will have a new Ship’s Wheel placed into the opposite wall in the 12′ dive tank section of the pool.

The remaining scuba staff have been working on many chores, including assembling 100 new scuba tanks.  One hundred new tanks require 100 new valves.

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SAILING

Two Coral Reef Sailing crews were in for their luau and to make preparations for today’s departure.  The final five Coral Reef Sailing crews and one of two Scuba Liveaboard crews will be celebrating their adventure tonight.

WEATHER

We have a 10% chance of scattered showers today.  The showers in the lower left of this 4 am radar shot from Weather Underground were moving in our general direction.  But they were quite a ways out and might not make it to the Florida Sea Base.  Other than this slim chance of a spotty shower, the weather is perfect.

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Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

One Response to “BOAT OWIE”

  1. Mark Gilbert says:

    Steve,
    Congrats to Alex and staff for all of their hard work! He is going to be very hard act to FOLLOW! Glad I made it down this year. In fear that the new pool wouldn’t have the FSB ships wheel emblem, and that I liked the ships wheel in the pool so well,it is where I decided to do my crew’s patch presentation this year! Talk with you soon!

    Mark Gilbert

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