John and Alistair set off for a bank holiday dive trip in Eyemouth diving with Marine Quest at seriously ungodly o'clock (0515) on Sunday morning. It rained most of the way there but once in Scotland the weather cleared and by the time the North Sea was sighted the weather was pleasant and, more importantly, the sea was flat. After loading there was a three hour steam out to the wreck which was an unknown mark that Iain, the skipper, had. Wisely Alistair and John hung back an
A group of the JBODers gathered at Anton's garage to work on the RIB. Iain and Alistair traced and removed unused wires from the boat all the way from engine end to console. Once done everything still fired up much to Iain's relief. A little bit of work still needs to be done and Iain is desperate to mount a proper ocean going compass. Anton, Adrian and Alistair removed, greased and replaced the wheels. Somewhere along the way a fitting was added to wash the brakes too. John
JBOD is pleased to announce that the Gift's sea trials at Knott End went well. Adrian, Anton and Joe took part and didn't sink, run out of fuel or cause a maritime incident.
Anton, the Boat Officer, is never happy. The trailer axles get a bit warm so they need greasing, some of the electrics need a look at as there was no depth readout and the towing hook needs tightening up. The boat also needs a good clean.
A work party will be convened!
It is a massive pleasure to announce that JBOB is the proud owner of a RIB. JBOD got the boat from SUDG (Stockport Underwater Diving Group) who are disbanding and have generously given the boat to us for which we offer a massive amount of thanks and an open invitation to JBOD trips in the future. The RIB is to be named "The Gift" in recognition of how it joined JBOD. Anton has been promoted to Boat Officer and is looking after the Gift in the garage at work. Hopefully we can
This trip was billed as a low cost excursion to dive the K class submarines sunk in the Battle of May Island in the Firth of the Forth. The weather hadn't looked promising all week... After somewhat of a slog up the M6 past Lancaster and then a grinding queue from Hamilton on the M74 to the other side of the Forth over the Forth Road Bridge (the new bridge looks great), Alistair and Mark eventually arrived in St Andrews.
Anton had booked rooms in McIntosh Hall which are stu
Despite the glorious sunshine of the week before and the fact that all of the team were wearing shorts it was somewhat damp in Wales. As ever everyone met at Costa at the Gateway Services and after breakfast Adrian jumped in with Alistair to do the navigation as John knew the way. After wandering around Anglesey for some time taking in, amongst other things, RAF Valley; Alistair and Adrian were somewhat late. fortunately nobody else was diving so there was plenty of parking.