|Posted by Dan Wright on March 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM|
At 7am on 3/20/2010, Doug Card steered his and Barb's boat, the "Alliance" out of Shark River Inlet towards the wreck of the "Coney Island", some 20 miles offshore. Seas were nearly flat, sun was out, and no winds. The air temps were warm, in the 60's. Today was the last day of winter/first day of spring combined. We would actually begin the dives in the winter and end in the spring as it was to change seasons sometime after 1pm. We are all excited to put the cold winter behind us. Onboard we had: Sherwood Probeck with his rEvo, Tony Hilbert with his rEvo, John Thomas with Notrox in his doubles, Doug Card with 32% Nitrox in his 85's, myself with a Hammerhead and Barb who goes along for the ride on her boat. John Thomas brought chili enough for all of us to share, very tasty and he spared no expense in making it himself, Thank you John! The rest of us brought chips and snacks, was it Tony who brought the coffee pot? We did have starbucks coffee all the time while out there.
We were over the wreck by no later than 8:30am, Doug found the "Coney Island" right away. We tossed in the danforth anchor with large float ball, that John had neatly arranged as to not foul up as it deployed. I splashed in on snorkel to shoot some beauty shots of the boat and hopefully divers plunging in. I did get Tony doing a giant stride off of the "Alliance's" new stern entry door, what a great new addition for diving!! Thank you Doug. John and Tony sent the lift bag up with the danforth anchor after they tied us in, the signal for all is good. Sherwwod and I geared up to do our dive. The wreck lies in 127' of water down to the sand. The water temps were between 39-42 degrees. Vis was 10-15 feet, better than we expected actually considering how bad the weather has been. No wildlife to speak of, John came up with a bag of mussels. Plenty of places to explore in this wreck, lots of openings in the deck to penetrate. We will go back to this one soon. No surge of current this day, we couldn't have asked for better conditions! Only a couple complaints about the cold, personally it didn't bother me, I was excited to go out.
Three of the five divers went in for a second dive, I managed to get a few shots of Tony using available light, as my substrobes failed for some reason.....maybe because I dropped it like a knucklehead. Sherwood pulled the anchor for us, Thank you Sherwood! We were back to the dock by about 2:30pm. It makes such a difference the speed of the "Alliance" over the older "Poseidon". Doug has made some nice additions to his vessel. Looking forward to going out again real soon! Dive safe and often...http://www.wrightcreativeserices.com