Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scuba Diving Underneath Nevermore

The old centerboard line. (Photo by Ted Young.)
On August 18th, Ted Young and I dove underneath Nevermore and tied on a new centerboard line. We moored the boat by Rainsford Island. When we got there it was slack tide, and the current wasn't bad. But by the time we got suited up and in the water, it was flowing pretty fast with the tide coming in. So we ran lines under the boat to hang onto, and then it was okay. I jumped in without my fins on and put them on in the water, but I don't think I'd do that again with that much current.

We did it in three descents.  First I tied a bowline through the padeye on the centerboard.  I cable tied it down, and clipped off the ends. Then we surfaced and got the hose that protects the line from chaffing.  We descended and put that on the line, and I tied it on with a reef knot.  Then we attached the centerboard line to the wire that we threaded down through the mast.  We signaled for them to pull the line up by hitting my dive light on the hull three times, but they didn't hear, after two tries.  So we ascended, and told them to pull the line up.  Then we descended once last time to check it, and everything looked great!

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could go scuba diving in the harbor. Last year, just before winter Ted and I were getting ready to board Nevermore when we realized his roll-abord suitcase full of tools and laptop was mysteriously missing. I think it rolled into the harbor when the floating dock jostled, but neither of us heard anything. The water was too cold to dive for more than a couple of minutes, so we were not able to recover the bag. As far as I know, it's still down there...