Nautilus Captains Log
Morning and Underway Report Trip #390 Jan 8, 2012

Good Morning

Just finished picking passengers up at the Pemex Fuel Dock in Cabo San Lucas. All Pax and crew are on board 23/10. 29” Diesel, weather course is set out of Cabo, power set at 1400, Hydraulic Genset has a developing starter problem, purchase request sent seperately. Navy tells us that they will no longer be tied up at our dock by the end of the month.  We can then have our regular berth back…

Al

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.

Gordon

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. 

All Ok, 

Gordon 

From Captain Gordon Jan, 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Had a nice transit overnight last night to Roca partida after a good silky shark snorkel. Arrived at 0700 and we have beautiful weather here so far today, blue skies, 5 kts from the NNE, and an easy 4-6’ swell from the NNW. Conditions underwater just as good with 100 ft plus viz and mild current. On the morning dive we had dolphins playing with the divers, plus a school of galapagos and schooling hammerhead sharks. Second dive great also. No other boats around today. Doesn’t matter. The Solmar is the only other boat out here that knows the secrets to diving Socorro.

All ok onboard.

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Transit all the way down yesterday was perfect, light airs and calm seas all the way. Had a bunch of dolphins escort us in the last 30 minutes and then had a champagne party in the salon after anchoring.

Just finished dive 2 here at the canyon this morning. First dive had some hammerhead sharks, a manta or two and a quick dolphin encounter. Second dive was a little quieter. We’re gonna head up to the boiler now and finish the day there, and head to Socorro this evening.

No other boats around today. Wx today is nice, 5 kts from the NE, a long swell from the S, around the corner looks very nice so far.

All ok,

Gordon

Noon Report, Jan 2012. Cabo Pearce, Socorro Island, Mexico.

1140 we’re 95 miles back from Cabo San Lucas. Wx is gorgeous, light airs and a long low swell from the NW rolling under us without affect, blue skies. Overnight the transit was very nice also, just a bit of chop on departure from a 10-15 kt NE wind that lasted only a few hours.

Power is 1300 and ETA Cabo is 2230.

All is OK,

Gordon