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April 23, 2013 - Capt. Al

Today should be my last day in the ”Bilge of the Beasts” All hose clamps re-newed, stuffing box’s got new stuffing. The bilges got a new coat of paint and I should come back to Earth sometime this evening! Who said you need drugs to get high!! Weeeeeeeeeee! Try painting the lazarette bilge.. Lol I should also be back to my normal skin color in a week or 2. I’m Bilgecoat white for the next week. Water pumps were changed out, and as always some re-wiring of rusty or weary looking ends. Next project is Compunding & waxing the hull... Ohhh, my arms hurt thinking about it!


April 19, 2013 - Capt. Al
Spring has almost Sprung and near all the Winter work is coming to a close! Bottom paint has been slung ( Thank God ) and all will notice quite a few new things for this year. The Mutiny will be sporting all new carpeting thru out to go with all the new furniture for the salon. We’ve also done a few major mechanical revisions as well. The port side shaft has been replaced and new strut bearings have been installed to eliminate any vibrations. Stbd was done in 2011. We’ll be testing out a new size wheel to see if we can get speed coupled with fuel economy. Another addition we hope to have a major impact will be the all new motor compartment insulation and sound boarding. Outside everyone will notice all new color coordinated cushions both on the flying bridge and on the rear deck. The flying bridge has a new ”Strataglass” enclosure to keep everyone dry and still provide an excellent view. She is anxious to get wet as well as her Captain is. Looking forward to seeing you all this summer. I’ll drop a line to let everyone know when she’ll be making her trip back home as anyone is welcome to enjoy the ride with me. See you all soon!
Capt. Al

June 10, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... We started the day with a morning splash on the same site as our night dive. We promptly pulled anchor after seeing even flatter seas and headed south to the Papoose. Everyone was delighted to see all that NC diving has to offer. We had loggerhead turtles, dolphins. sharks, flying fish, lion fish & Rays. A perfect day. Capt Clint had the honor of piloting the Mutiny II into position to drop me perfectly for each & every drop where I was able to hook us on the 1st attempt each time. Viz on the Papoose was milky on the top but improved with depth. Bottom viz was 50-60’ temps were in the 74-75 range depending on what computer was being used.

June 9, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... Today we welcomed NADDCO dive club out of Greensboro NC. Capt Clint & myself hosted the NC boys and their toys trip. They couldn’t have picked a better weekend! Flat sea’s & just enough of a breeze to keep the flies away. Absolutley stunning weather. The diving wasn’t bad either! Altho viz wasn’t in the 100’ mark, we never get our panties in a wad over 40’ or better. The Shurz gave us that. Our 2nd dive was the Aeolus, where we had a great dive, a mild current with 40+’ of viz. That was a prelude to our night dive where all where delighted to see the creatures of the night!

May 28, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... We left the dock at 7:30 with most of the fleet slightly ahead of us. As we heard everyone going off shore the group was excited. But much to our dismay, we soon heard all the dive boats turning around and heading back in shore. We decided to go just a bit further to see if we could handle what Mother Ocean was handing out that day. With a well seasoned Morehead group aboard, I decided to carry them south with hopes of getting at least to the Aeolus. Sea’s were ”Sporty” but we arrived at the Aeolus at shortly after 9 where Capt Scott spalshed and hooked us in on the Stern. He returned rather quickly with a viz report a dissapointing 5-10’. With inshore reports of close to the same thing, we discussed heading further off shore in hopes of finding blue water. Slim chance after Beryl had ”stirred things up. So we stayed put where the diligent group honed their wreck reel & low viz skills- making for better all around divers!! All returned on time & even reported a slight improvement in viz. Great job! Cheasapeake Bay Divers!!
**Special Note** A mermaid was thought to have been seen on the stern of the good ship Mutiny II where she quickly devoured a watermelon & dissapeared! Who knew??

May 27, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... With the wind calming just a bit, we decided to stick our nose out and see what Mother Ocean would give us. We set off with high hopes of getting off shore but were met with waves crasshing on the beach- not a good omen. We con’t to chug south at a slow 15 kts. When we reached near the end of the shoals, we saw what we would be dealing with. Waves comng from the east & south, & the wind blowing about 15 kts. We launched the trail ball to see it wrap the boat and knew we would be dealing with a ”confused” sea. So we decided to turn around and head inland. We moored on the Indra ”just to get wet” and had 10-15’ of viz on the bottom. Top waters were a bit clearer. As we made our way home after 2 dives there, the sea;s seeemed to settle a bit giving us hopes for tomorrow.

May 26, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... Today we welcomed back one of our original and longest running customer, The Chesapeake Bay Dive Center from Portsmouth, Va. Unfortunatley along with them came Beryl- the 2nd named system in May??? So day # 1 started with a ”hang out on the boat waiting to see if we can could possibly get beat the wind & waves and get wet. Stay tuned!

May 26, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ... With the Mutiny II computers back on line, we Welcomed back the Trailer Trash scuba club from Falling Waters WV & Hagerstown, MD area. Great to see Jeff Lockwood, his lovely wife Annette with Glen close in tow! Also from the Altoona area we had Jerry Farber doing his 1st NC dive. Crewing was Capt Jim Smith with his lovely wife & world famous photographer Sandy.

May 18-21, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today’s ship’s log ...Welcomed Mike Austin and friends back. On our first sceduled day out, we had high wnds and seas. Decided to call the day & I performed routine maintenece. Later that afternoon the boys stoppped by and we decided to go for a little ride, fuel the boat and see just how bad it was out. We were delighted to see, ”:not so bad” conditions. Sat morn the guys decided hell or high water they wanted to try. So we did. At about 5 miles from shore we were meet with the north winds and waves of 3-4 and building. We promptly turned toward the Indra. Not and ideal ride with the following seas but despite some of the group feeding the fish, we made it where Capt Ken tied us in on the stern. DIve conditions were not as bad as were reported. 25’ of viz and a mild surge still made for a better day than No Day! As we returned the winds began to howl and the seas built, but the boat handeled the seas well. Not a bad ride! However upon reachng the no wake zone we were dissapointed to have one of our electronic engines decide to melt down. So support was called and awaiting the tech to replace some stupid little resistor or computer part! Did I say I hate computers!! Lol

April 19, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
Today the ship was inspected by the USCG. A sticker was presented! Yeah!

March 31, 2012 ~ Capt. Al
A logbook was originally a book for recording readings from the chip log, and is used to determine the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time. The readings of the log have been recorded in equal times to give the distance traveled with respect to a given start position.

Today’s ship’s log has grown to contain many other types of information, and is a record of operational data relating to a ship or submarine, such as weather conditions, times of routine events and significant incidents, crew complement or what ports were docked at and when. It is essential to traditional navigation, and must be filled in at least daily.

- Atlantic Beach Diving.