Captain Gordon’s Night Report. San Benedicto, Socorro Island, Mexico.
Nice overnight transit last night to the Boiler at San Benedicto. Weather today is beautiful, mostly clear skies, a light breeze from the NNE and a long 6-7’ swell from the NW, mild current. Perfect Boiler conditions. First dive was OK but all the mantas showed up on the second dive, 7 individuals and all playing for the entire dive. Great dive.
Gonna do 2 more here this afternoon, have dinner on the hook and depart for Cabo San Lucas around 2045. No rush. I want to anchor where it will be silky smooth for dinner. Noticed one boat down at the canyon on approach to the island this morning but haven’t seen them since arriving at the Boiler. Took the dryers apart and cleaned all the lint out of them and the vent lines yesterday. Seachest intake covers were taken off and cleaned, they were in good shape and no barnacles seen inside the intake manifold.
We have some sharp freaking props…I laid my hand over the edge of one to hold on while freediving on the hull and instantly sliced my hand.
Captain Gordon’s Noon Report. Pta Tosca, Socorro Island, Mexico.
Anchored overnight last night at Pta Tosca after a pretty good silky shark snorkel, lots of big silkies around last night. Just finished dive 2, first one really good with lots of dolphins around and a few mantas playing. Second dive good just 1 manta though and some brief dolphin appearances. Pretty windy today, looks like 15 kts and gusting from the NNE, a bit of a WNW swell rolling in maybe 6-7’ 13 sec. Sky mostly clear today.
Planning to head up to San Benedicto this evening after having dinner at the anchor here at Pta Tosca. Everyone seems very happy with everything so mood is good.
Night Report Trip #391 JAN 18, 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.
Things quickly settling into a normal trip now. Manta 101/Dive briefing r & r for guests and mingling visiting for Divemasters, painting for the deckhand and getting back to normal schedule for inside crew, everyone is happy.
Seas have now settled in with a 4-7 Nw sea with about a 9 second period, ride is pretty comfortable but still the very odd roller. Wind is 10-15 Maintaining 1400 and looking at more like an 0900 arrival unless we pick up a push later tonight.
Engine room checks today have all been good, all IR readings on the engine have even across all cylinder heads. Things looking very good. It will take Larry another day to finish final clean up and get ER back into tip top shape.
All for tonight, thanks again from the boat crew to our shore support, not just for their assistance over the past few days, but for all the work you do to make things happen down here.