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I'm with you mad_machine! It was a phobia I didn't even know I had until I jumped into the water with mask and snorkel to check out my prop a few years ago. Couldn't even see my hand in front of my face! It freaked me out and I exited the water in the calm manner of Wily Coyote avoiding a falling rock. Of course, with two feet of visibility I'd be much better The next week I sucked it up, convinced myself that there was actually nothing to fear, and went under several times to look things over. It wasn't so bad--then again, it isn't my new hobby either.

I need to check my prop now but I've seen jellyfish around, so no. Not a phobia there, just a desire to avoid stings.

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Of diving in murky water?
Tide is going out i have plenty of depth but all the rain here has reduced visibility to two feet or less.
Two feet can be a luxury. It is all relative. Is there anything in the water that could harm you if you had 100 feet vis?

I have been down in 1 foot vis with a water temp of minus 2 C (about 28 F) and I have been down 120 feet with a vis of 150 feet and a water temp of 26 C (about 80 F)

I prefer the latter

Go slow, take your time, have a person watching all the time.

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The tarpon will not bother you. I dove with hundreds of them, they're not aggressive and I suspect that while you're in the water it will get out of Dodge. I've had to dive in zero visibility several times while in the Navy and that was scary - even for a balsey kid in a Mark-5 outfit. Two feet of visibility would have been considered crystal clear in some areas I had to dive.

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Done. That was not fun. At all. However! I feel slightly more confident. The hardest part was actually jumping in. Zinc is on and prop is clean and bottom is smooth. Tomorrow should be great.

Im about 2 miles south of ponce inlet slipped in the north cause way marina. Now im going to pull the dinghy up and clean her and pump her tight with air. Then a scrub down of the deck and ill be almost ready.

Going to hank on the jib today and secure with bungy. Will run the engine for 10 minutes to make sure all is well. Jacklines ran yesterday.

This will be my first ocean sail on MY boat. Feeling proud.
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I'm with you mad_machine! It was a phobia I didn't even know I had until I jumped into the water with mask and snorkel to check out my prop a few years ago. Couldn't even see my hand in front of my face! It freaked me out and I exited the water in the calm manner of Wily Coyote avoiding a falling rock. Of course, with two feet of visibility I'd be much better The next week I sucked it up, convinced myself that there was actually nothing to fear, and went under several times to look things over. It wasn't so bad--then again, it isn't my new hobby either.

I need to check my prop now but I've seen jellyfish around, so no. Not a phobia there, just a desire to avoid stings.
Glad im not the only one. I was feeling like a sissy. I could never be a diver in dirty water. Its def not going to be my new hobby. I had to pull out the brass balls. Haha.
thanks for support. Job well done. Now comes the fun stuff!!

Leaving first light with ebb. Coming back early p.m. with flood.
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I was going to say just put some chum in your speedos and let the good times roll, but you already took care of it!
Have a great trip, and TAKE SOME PICS!

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Done. That was not fun. At all. However! I feel slightly more confident. The hardest part was actually jumping in. Zinc is on and prop is clean and bottom is smooth. Tomorrow should be great.

Im about 2 miles south of ponce inlet slipped in the north cause way marina. Now im going to pull the dinghy up and clean her and pump her tight with air. Then a scrub down of the deck and ill be almost ready.

Going to hank on the jib today and secure with bungy. Will run the engine for 10 minutes to make sure all is well. Jacklines ran yesterday.

This will be my first ocean sail on MY boat. Feeling proud.
Have a great day! Exciting times!

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I am not fond of diving on a boat, I'm sure its just because of a lack of experience doing it but for one reason or another I find it creepy too. Visions of JAWS or something. I had to cut a crab pot line free that got wrapped on the prop in calm but still bouncy seas at the mouth of the Patapsco River the first season we had the boat, I was not real thrilled to under the boat with a knife working around the prop and cutting the slimy line and remove the floats...eww I know, I sound like a freaking sissy...guess what, I don't care much for climbing the mast either, that sort of freaks me out as well! Funny though, all that goes away when there is a women to impress bawhahahahaha

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Try diving in the Hudson River...that's murky!
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