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Logbook Scuba Dive # 60 - Sorrento Boat Moorings

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Logbook Scuba Dive # 60 - Sorrento Boat Moorings
Date: Entry Time: Dive Time: Max. Depth:
Sun, 17-Dec-2006 17:38:00 3 minutes 3 metres
Dive Location: City / Island:
Sorrento Boat Moorings Port Phillip Bay, VIC
Country: Dive Master:
Australia John Lawler
Dive Club: Dive Trip:
Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG) -
Buddy/Buddies:
-
Dive Details:
Entry: Boat Name:  
Boat Miles Ahead  
Start PG: Entry Time: Exit Time: End PG:
- 17:38:00 17:41:00 -
Altitude: Rep. Dive: Surface Interval:  
0 m Yes 00:44:00  
Max. Depth:     Avg. Depth:
3 metres     2.30  m
  Dive Time: Deco. Dive:
  3 minutes No
Conditions:
Weather: Air Temp.: Water Temp.:  
Clear 20 °C 19 °C  
Water: Waves: Current:  
Salt No Waves Light Current  
Visibility: Horizontal Vis.: Vertical Vis.:
Average Average - -  
Equipment:
Weight: Dive Suit: Dive Computer:
13 kg Wetsuit 7 mm Suunto Vytec DS
Equipment used on this dive:
Apeks ATX100 Regulator | Apeks ATX40 Octopus | Apollo Bio-Fin Pro | Apollo Ecodiver Dive Boots | Apollo Proflex 2mm Gloves | DUI Weight & Trim 2 Harness | Faber 12.2L Steel Cylinder | Neptune Scorpion Gold 7mm SemiDry Wetsuit | Oceanic Spinner Pointed Dive Knife | OMS Compact Quick Dump Weight Pockets | OMS Dual Bladder, Banded Wing - Rec | OMS IQ Pack BC Harness | Sonar Explorer Blue Silicone Mask | Suunto CB-Two-In-Line Combo Console - 1 | Suunto SK-7 Compass Console | Suunto Vytec DS Dive Computer | Waterborne Safety Strap - Vytec
Cylinder Set #1
Cylinder Type: Cylinder Size: Working Pressure: Supply Type:
Steel Single Cylinder 12 litres 232 bar Open Circuit (OC) Open Circuit (OC)
O2: He: Min. PPO2: Max. PPO2:
21% - - 1.4 bar
Air Air MOD: EAD: END:
56.6 m 56.6 m -
Start Pressure: End Pressure: Diff. Pressure:  
50 bar 36 bar 14 bar  
Avg. Depth: SAC Rate:    
- -    

Avg. Depth: SAC Rate:    
2.30  m 45.51 litres/min    
Gas Mixture:
Air
Divemaster: John Lawler, VSAG
Boat: "Miles Ahead", John Lawler's 6.5m 175HP, Sorrento

Mick Jeacle and company had departed before Peter Briggs and I finished our dive. When we arrived back at Sorrento boat ramp they were long gone. As we approached the boat ramp we noticed that the wooden boat we had seen sinking on its mooring on our way out, was now very much on the bootom, with just a part of its transom breaking the surface.

As we waited for a spot on the boat ramp, we were approached by a guy in an Avon inflatable. He told us he was waiting for some people from the Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento to join him and that they were going to refoat the wooden boat. He asked if we'd be prepared to help them by unhooking the wooden boat from its mooring line and putting their tow line on it.

We agreed to help and headed back out to the site of the wooden boat. I kitted up and once the inflatable was also on the scene, went in. I quickly found that I really didn't have enough weight to be able to operate well in just a few metres of water with 50 bar in a 12 litre steel tank. So I duck dived down and hung on.

At first I couldn't figure out how to unhook the boat from its mooring. I surfaced and got some more instructions.

The mooring buoy and flag were inside the front hatch of the boat. Once I managed to get them out through the hatch, it was easy to unhook the boat from the mooring and attach the tow line.

As the Avon inflatable started to tow the wooded boat into shallower water, a heap of debris floated clear of the boat. John and the others decided to start collecting it, leaving me floating around waiting. Eventually they decided to come back and get me.

Once I was onboard and out of my gear, we started to collect more of the debris, including the tiller and rudder.

Once the wooden boat was in as far as they could get it, the inflatable started up a pump. At first there wasn't quite enough freeboard and they were simply pumping the ocean. But eventually they managed to clear some water off of the wooden boat's cover using the boat's own bucket which we had recovered. Once it was level there was just enough freeboard to start pumping water from inside the wooden boat itself.

We headed over to the boat ramp, stacked all of the debris from the wooden boat on the pier, got John's boat out and started unloading our dive gear.

Once the wooden boat was afloat, it too was towed into the boat ramp and taken out of the water. Tim Phillips and his wife Sally, the owners of the Wooden Boat Shop, came over and gave us $100 for helping. John Lawler and I decided to make this a contribution to the Victoria Artificial Reef Society (VARS). Tim and Sally said the owner of the boat would appreciate that.

By now it was almost 7 p.m. so I called up Peter Fear to see if he was still at his dive shop. John then followed Benita and I back to The Scuba Doctor where we filled our tanks and had a chat with Peter about the day's activities.

So my 60th dive, although shallow and short, was certainly memorable!
 
 

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