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1/17/2010 Ballbuster aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Harry Babicka, Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 20' - 30' Time:9:34 AM
Temp: 55F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 146FSW Avg Depth: 78FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:39
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: HP120Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
Rob, Allison, Kevin, Susan, Karl, Dionna, Harry, and I, all boarded the Escapade on Sunday to see if we could squeeze in a dive between the storms. The plan was to get out of the bay to Pinnacle Point wall or something in that direction. Everyone was busy getting their gear on, stowing gear, and talking when Jim gave the signal he was leaving. As we were motoring out of the harbor Dionna said, "Where's Harry ?". Oops... Turning the boat around we re-docked and waited a few minutes. Hmmm... no Harry. Maybe he left thinking we left him behind. A few seconds later he appears not even realizing we almost left him behind :-). Now with all our team on board we set off again. The bay was very flat and I was hopeful that we would have great conditions. Alas, that was not to be. Once we rounded the corner out of the bay the waves picked up and the wind was strong. We did a U turn and decided on deep ballbuster. Our plan was to drop on Jim's float and all scooter as one team to Ballbuster from deep ballbuster. No problems dropping in, the teams met at the bottom, spent a bit of time around some deep structures then all scootered off toward Ballbuster as a single fleet. Pretty cool seeing eight scooters with powerful lights sweeping the bottom. We got a bit off track at one point and found ourselves in the sand. Once back on structure again we headed towards Ballbuster but ran into our planned bottom time before we hit it. Everyone deco'd on their own bag and once on the boat we found out that we were only about 50 or so feet away from the main pinnacle. Oh well, fun dive. We docked and some of us grabbed our gear and left while others wanted to do another dive to check on the Octopus at Ballbuster. Not sure how that went.