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post #21 of 26 Old 07-03-2013
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Of diving in murky water? Im going ocean sailing tomorrow at first light. Today, this morning, in the next hour! I have to dive down and replace my prop shaaft zinc. I figure while im there i should give the prop and hull a once over with a chissel and stiff bristled brush.

To be honest im already nervous. Tide is going out i have plenty of depth but all the rain here has reduced visibility to two feet or less.. ill be in my snorkel and mask and man it just freaks me out. Im REALLY not looking forward to this and wondered if there were any other cowardly lions to make me feel less like a scared dufus?

Plus there is a mean tarpon hanging around my boat. Hes been eyeing me for days just daring me to get in.. i think hes got plans of malicious intent...
I love diving but HATE diving in "blackwater". Can you imagine the rescue divers for the police department that are feeling the bottoms of ponds or lakes for dead bodies or whatever else they might find!?? Stephen King kinda stuff there.

I just dove my boat this last weekend. We have a lot better visibility than you (I would say I had 6-8 feet... not great for down here, but acceptable). Of course, once you start scrubbing all that crap off your boat, it goes from about six to four or three. Kinda funny this time, but I had this school of small fish all around me. That had not happened to me before. They didn't bother me, but I finally took a break and looked behind, and there a few feet away was a great barracuda eyeballing me. I don't care for sharks but I hate barracudas. They won't kill ya, but they have always struck me as the most aggressive fish in the water... especially when you are surrounded by their supper! My doctor has a nice little chunk of his finger missing from one when he was in the Tortugas (where they are really big). Nothing happened though. I charged at him and he took off. I knew he was gone when the bait fish were too.

So when you dive your boat, do you wear ear plugs? I got in the habit of it when you come up and are covered in those little bugs. I can't imagine one of those getting stuck in my ear.

I bet Fastbottoms has a few stories or two.

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Re: Is Anyone Else Scared?

The thing to do when scared is go one step at a time. One step down the swim ladder isn't so bad. And the next step isn't that much different. Go like that all the way to the prop. (Same with mast climbing, rest along the way up.)

It's the change that's scary. If you were to spend 8 or 9 hours in the water, you'd probably be scared to come out. (Was that a used car salesman over there by the fuel dock!?!) If so, go one step at a time. The land isn't that bad, just take it easy. Your legs will adjust to holding you up.

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I'll confess to having my share of anxiety when I'm under the boat.

I think a wet suit would go a long way towards easing my mind. As it is, I usually wear workout pants and a long sleeve t-shirt to minimize a chance encounter with the nettles that are prevalent on the Chesapeake.

2 feet is about the best vis I've seen working on my boat.

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Re: Is Anyone Else Scared?

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So when you dive your boat, do you wear ear plugs? I got in the habit of it when you come up and are covered in those little bugs. I can't imagine one of those getting stuck in my ear.

I bet Fastbottoms has a few stories or two.
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Re: Is Anyone Else Scared?

I was blissfully unaware of caprellids when I lived in Florida. Came up one time with them writhing over every square inch of my gear and pinching onto any bare skin. I can handle low vis, but the barracuda give me the heeby-jeebies when they get right.in.your.face, especially when you're not paying attention. Now I usually have 5 inches of visibility so can't see anything...it can feel pretty Zen at times.
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Re: Is Anyone Else Scared?

There's an old saying " there is always one more thing to think about on a sailboat". That doubles if you are diving under one. I highly recommend the book "Diver Down" by Michael Ange for anyone who dives.

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