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Blackbeard - Liveaboard - Questions

Discussion in 'All Star Liveaboards' started by dirkmy, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ft. Hood, TX
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    Give that space is at a premium, I would take the 5/4/3 suit and leave the shorty.


    Two; Jeep Reef and Split Coral Head.

    When does your flight land?

    Starbucks has internet, and if you land before 2 or so, there'll be plenty of time while they finish prepping the boat.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018
  2. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
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    Feel free to bring both. The topside dive lockers are shared (2 people per locker) but have plenty of room for each person to store all their gear and have a second wetsuit without a problem. However, with the repeated dives, a shorty will probably not be warm enough for most dives if you're like me.

    I travelled single (only 2 couples were onboard when I went) and I was in the main cabin and liked it (less private/busier but I was only in my rack for sleeping and tended to wake up earlier than most of the other divers), but they assign where you're at. I imagine you could request ahead of time if you'd prefer a more private bunk up in the forward cabins.

    As WarernZ said, wifi is free at the starbucks across the street from the marina (I think it's also free at the Dairy Queen and the deli at the grocery store in the same shopping center). Additionally, you can use a cell phone in some of the anchorages (assuming you want to pay whatever international fees apply to your plan and that it allows it). There are cell phone towers in the Exumas (though I recommend staying unplugged if you're anything like me), so if you really wanted to you could call and say hi during the week (most of the crew called family on Christmas while we were anchored).

    My favorite dives were the wall dives (I think it was Jew Fish Wall that I got video of a shark swimming over the dive pair that was coming out of the wall behind us), followed by the shark feed (which was cool too). The wall dives had some great swim-throughs that I really enjoyed and the variety of life from the boat to the wall was really cool to me. Lobster/No Lobster was probably my favorite shallow dive site though.

    The shot I was talking about with the shark over divers:


    I'm almost in Woodstock actually (technically Acworth, barely..). I'm over in Queensbury Orchard. Though I'm currently living in a hotel in Texas for work..
     
  3. scubapetecanada

    scubapetecanada Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
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    Is there any way to rinse your gear after a dive?
     
  4. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ft. Hood, TX
    1,888
    971
    113
    After each dive, not really. Your gear stays attached to your tank, so it’s not feasible. There is also limited fresh water available for that. You may get lucky and get a free fresh water rinse from Mother Nature though.

    There is the condensate hose from the air conditioner that you can use, but the hose doesn’t reach the gear rack and the crew won’t appreciate you dragging the gear over to it.

    After the trip is done, there is several hoses at the dock for rinse and some rinse buckets. Honestly, you dive so often that your gear doesn’t have a chance to fully dry beteeen dives. I wouldn’t sweat it between dives.
     
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  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
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    Had a fun trip with them a few years ago and wore my 3/2mm full suit but I may also have had a 3mm hooded vest. I was plenty warm. They didn't use the cyalume sticks on our night dives at that time.
     
  6. scubapetecanada

    scubapetecanada Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
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    Thanks for the input T.C., read that they have rinse buckets for cameras and regs but no mention of anything else either on the ship or back at the harbour. We're planning on staying in Nassau for a couple days after we disembark so hopefully we can find a place with somewhere to hang it up to dry........if anyone has any suggestions we would welcome some
     
  7. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ft. Hood, TX
    1,888
    971
    113
    Well, the boat will get back into harbor on Thursday, and you can rinse and clean gear on Thursday afternoon, and leave it to hang outside all night. I've never had an issue with the gear not drying well.

    The camera rinse bucket is a large drum, and when you get back to harbor, they'll fill it with fresh water for gear- and you can use the hose as well.
     
  8. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    If you haven't seen the excellent trip report from @jlcnuke you may find it interesting:
    My Blackbeard's Cruise Report
     
  9. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    @dirkmy did you go on the Blackbeards liveaboard cruise in March as planned; how was it?
     
  10. dirkmy

    dirkmy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Kennesaw
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    A little late response but here it goes. It has been a year since my blackbeards liveaboard adventure. I am ready to go back. We saw plenty of wildlife including whales on the first morning. We had amazing weather. The sea was like glass most days. We were able to travel into the national park because of the conditions which was a plus. It did get a little rough the last day which cut us a dive short from a total of 18 but I dont think anyone got sick. I was on the Morning Star with captain Breezy. Food was excellent. Crew was AWESOME! And guests were a lot of fun. There were quite a few international travelers other than Americans on the boat. Australia, Germany, Denmark, Russia & Canada along with each coast of the states were all represented. Having all the different cultures on that tight boat was very cool experience and everyone got along great. Quarters were a little tight but it was fine (I wasn't there to hang out in my room). I was in the front cabin along with 2 guys from Canada and 1 guy from France. If you are shy about changing clothes around random people you might be a little uncomfortable. No one in my cabin seemed to have an issue. Everyone on the boat had a great time. We drained a keg of beer while on the trip. A couple nights some people partied pretty late but I had no problem sleeping after doing 4 dives, having a great dinner and having a couple beers after the night dives. I was traveling solo so I was paired up with my dive buddy who was from Denmark. He was a solid experienced diver which made things a lot easier and enjoyable. The second day we got another buddy added with us. A Russian woman who would swim off on her own some times. She ran out of air on one dive. It got a little old baby sitting her and by the end of the week after discussing it with the divemaster I kind of let her do her thing if she didn't want to be safe. Anyways the boat did a total of 17 dives. I held out on the last night dive as I had a headache and was asleep by 7 at night. My pack out list was as follows: (When I go again I will probably bring the same stuff. Might get away with one less shirt or pair of underwear. I did bring a 3 mil shorty and full 5 mil. I used the 5 mil always after the first dive.) I also put down all the details from each dive below the pack out list. Enjoy!

    Travel Clothes (Will Also Take & Use On Boat)
    T-shirt
    Shorts
    Underwear
    Shoes (Leave At Dock)

    Toiletries
    Glasses & Case
    Extra Contacts
    Contact Solution & Case
    Eye Drops
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste
    Tooth Picks
    Hotel Bar Soap
    Body Wash
    Deodorant
    Tylenol
    Dramamine
    Benadryl
    Tums
    Ear Drops
    Q Tips
    Sunscreen
    Lotion
    Chapstick
    Ear Plugs

    Clothing On Boat
    (3) Swim Trunks
    (2) Dive Shirt
    (2) T-shirt
    Flip flops
    (3) Underwear
    (1) Pants
    (1) Jacket
    (1) Long Sleeve Shirt
    Toboggan
    Sun Hat
    Bandana

    Dive Gear
    Mask
    Defog
    Snorkel
    Octo
    BC
    Knife
    Compass
    Computer
    Wetsuit
    Boots
    Fins
    Dive Light & Charger
    Tank Light
    Dive Log
    Cert Card

    Misc
    GoPro
    SD Cards
    Sun Glasses & Case
    Zip Lock Bags
    (2) Quick Dry Towels
    Flashlight
    Multi Tool
    Batteries (For Flashlight)
    Battery (For Dive Computer)
    Dry Box & Bag
    Phone Charger
    Headphones
    Magazines
    ID, Insurance Card & Passport
    Money & CC
    Pen
    Spring Clamps

    Clothes For Last Day & Travel (Left At Dock)
    Shorts
    T-shirt
    Underwear
    Shoes

    Dive List

    3/17/18
    Dive Site - Pacman
    Max Depth - 19'
    Dive Time - 71 min

    3/18/18
    Dive Site - Flat Rock
    Max Depth - 24'
    Dive Time - 64 min

    3/18/18
    Dive Site - Madison Ave
    Max Depth - 42'
    Dive Time - 65 min

    3/18/18
    Dive Site - Madison Ave (Night Dive)
    Max Depth - 43'
    Dive Time - 53 min

    3/19/18
    Dive Site - Dog Rock
    Max Depth - 101'
    Dive Time - 38 min

    3/19/18
    Dive Site - Whale Shark Wall
    Max Depth - 93'
    Dive Time - 43 min

    3/19/18
    Dive Site - Hawks Bill Reef
    Max Depth - 24'
    Dive Time - 69 min

    3/19/18
    Dive Site - Hawks Bill Reef (Night Dive)
    Max Depth - 26'
    Dive Time - 60 min

    3/20/18
    Dive Site - Three Peaks
    Max Depth - 56'
    Dive Time - 53 min

    3/20/18
    Dive Site - Danger Jack
    Max Depth - 64'
    Dive Time - 59 min

    3/20/18
    Dive Site - Goom Bay
    Max Depth - 52'
    Dive Time - 49 min

    3/20/18
    Dive Site - Goom Bay (Night Dive)
    Max Depth - 53'
    Dive Time - 46 min

    3/21/18
    Dive Site - Cracked Coral Head
    Max Depth - 73'
    Dive Time - 43 min

    3/21/18
    Dive Site - Pillar Wall
    Max Depth - 80'
    Dive Time - 46 min

    3/21/18
    Dive Site - Austin Smith (Shark Dive)
    Max Depth - 48'
    Dive Time - 51 min

    3/22/18
    Dive Site - Jew Fish Wall
    Max Depth - 103'
    Dive Time - 51 min
     

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