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The barge

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by mobeeno, May 11, 2007.

  1. mobeeno

    mobeeno Manta Ray

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    Is it unreasonable to do a shore dive from Breakwater on a steel HP80 with no scooter to the barge and how much surface swimming is recommended?
     
  2. Ben_ca

    Ben_ca Barangay Pasaway

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    I would not do it. It would be unsafe to do so... Lot's of surface traffic from inside the harbor... It's pretty much right in the middle of the boat lane

    When we dive the barge we consider it an overhead... so no surfacing out there... Kicking it'll take you about 30-45 mins to get there (most of that at 45-50 fsw) with scooters you are there in 7 mins (starting point the bend in the wall)

    At the least have enough gas to get there and back to the wall... (doubles)
     
  3. mobeeno

    mobeeno Manta Ray

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  4. RoyN

    RoyN Solo Diver

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    Use a boat, raft, car, or Ben to get to the Barge. Use Ben instead, just make sure you fill him up with fuel. :wink:
     
  5. Jim Ernst

    Jim Ernst Instructor, Scuba

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    :rofl3: :rofl3: :rofl3: :rofl3: Dont worry Ben we still love ya!!

    By the way Ben , good info , thanks I actully didn't know that and have never been to the barge!!
     
  6. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle Rest in Peace

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    The barge can be done from the beach. I do it once a year for the California Beach Dive
    Photo Competition (no boats allowed). It's about 35 minutes one way on the surface,
    then drop, and do the dive, returning UW mostly. The trick is knowing where to
    drop. Line up the "telephone pole" (it's actualy a light pole) at the end of the concrete
    part of the breakwater, and line up the daymark at the end of the breakwater with
    the middle of Monterey Bay Kayaks over on Del Monte Beach (problem: you can't see
    MBK from surface level, so you got swim out a bit and not what the ridge behind it
    looks like).

    Do be careful about boats.
     
  7. CALI68

    CALI68 Manta Ray

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  8. rainman_02

    rainman_02 Divemaster Candidate

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    When I get home, I'll post some HD video of the barge.

    We took a 14' zodiac out and anchored about 10' north of the wreckage (using GPS). We left one person in the boat (it is right in the middle of the waterway!) for safety and we did a 40 minute dive. I was wearing my doubles, but my buddy was wearing his AL80. On one of the videos I shot, you can hear a boat go overhead.

    Definitely consider it unsafe to surface at the barge unless you're on an anchor line or have a large safety sausage.
     
  9. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle Rest in Peace

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    It would be better to anchor about 30' south. That puts your boat more out of the
    traffic lane.
     
  10. rainman_02

    rainman_02 Divemaster Candidate

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    Thanks for the tip! We'll do that in the future, we only knew to anchor off the wreck. :)
     

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