Last Friday was the debut outing for our brand new 200HP Yamaha four-strokes on SP312, purchased at great expense to hopefully keep the club future-proofed for the next few years as far as engines go at least. The boat had been sea-trialled the previous day by the guys from the boat workshop which was not without incident. They didn’t realise that the boat needed bungs and nearly succeeded in sinking it before they returned to port. Disaster was averted however and the boat was delivered to the club.
Come Friday we needed a bit of time to reconnect some electrics to get the GPS and echo-sounder working but with this achieved we headed for Al Khan. We decided to go to the Victoria Star which seemed prudent for an engine test as it’s only a short distance offshore. The news is that the port engine is working fine but the starboard has a habit of cutting out above 3500rpm. The Yamaha guys are going to come out and have a look at it. The dive itself was mainly an exercise in net cutting although we did do a bit of sight-seeing as well. The fish life on the wreck is taking hold (hence the nets) and it is covered in barnacles. The viz was reasonable and the sea was flat calm so not a bad day all round. On the boat with us was Sami on one of his trips over from Beirut and also Chris Mathers who we hadn’t seen in a while. Chris now dives with Southsea Sub-Aqua Club in the UK who are one of the oldest clubs around (BSAC 009) and who achieved fame by locating the wreck of Henry VIII’s flag-ship the “Mary Rose” in 1971.
On Saturday Mike and I (mainly Mike but I helped) did a bit of work on the trailer, replacing the second pair of springs. This was only half successful thanks to a seized pivot but the trailer is functional and we aim to get the job finished shortly.
Ian Hussey and Dive Member Contributions.