Originally Posted by sd1953
BVInut, your original post was 2006. This new post in 2013. Did you go back to BVI and miss the wreck a second time? That would be disappointing for sure.
You went to the correct coordinates the second I assume and still no joy? Did you have a fishfinder to look at the bottom? The bottom would change 30' as you passed over the wreck. Been some storms since 2006 in the VI area. Is it still divable?
Sorry to hear you didn't get to dive it a second time. Long way to go for no joy. (But hopefully at least a nice sail!)
Actually, I have made a pass to the Chikuzen every time I've gone to the BVI in the past 10 years. In 2008, we even found the Chikuzen buoy. The problem is that in early December, when we usually go, the sea state is 3 or 4 Beaufort, and I don't have another skipper on board to watch the boat and the diver/s.
Recently, a friend of mine on another cruise did use his depth gauge to locate the wreck, but it took him 2 hours of criss-crossing since the buoy wasn't there. They ended up anchoring some distance from the wreck. The sea state in July was good for a dive.
When we went in Nov 2012, the sea state was 1 Beaufort or so --- the sail from Anegada to Great Camanoe was long and boring (we even had to motorsail part of the way), but conditions were good for a dive. Unfortunately, my depth gauge was not working.
I'll consider taking a fishfinder with me next time --- great idea!