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3/14/2010 Butterfly Outer aboard Escapade by Kenn Hwang -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: August Gugelmann
Visibility: 10' - 18' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 85FSW Avg Depth: 59FSW
Bottom Time: 0:51 Total Time: 0:59
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
It's been several months since we've had good surface condition forecasts, and Sunday looked to continue the down trend. But the ten of us scheduled for the 3/14 Rec Boat on the Escapade decided to cross our fingers and head out anyways, figuring wet was better than not, regardless of predictions.

After motoring down to Carmel, we scrubbed the first site after finding it swamped with a pretty steady current, and retreated to Butterfly House. While the current was gone, the surge was strong, blasting us through, around, over and into the boulders and canyon walls. That, along with limited visibility (~15ft), made navigation a bit of a crapshoot, but we all made our way around and back to the anchor. All in all, it was a great dive and probably well surpassed everyone's expectations!

For the second dive, we all wanted to escape the spin cycle, so we opted to head back into the bay where reports were that the surface was calm and the surge gone. We dove at Aumentos, in slightly greener water and less visibility, but calmer and more relaxing for sure. The teams were able to spread out a bit, and I think we only saw Masao and Vladimir on the whole dive. We pretty much got ourselves lost, but again stumbled across the anchor just as we were about to declare defeat and shoot a bag.

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11/8/2008 Butterfly Outer aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Harry Babicka, Dionna House, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 30' - 100' Time:10:21 AM
Temp: 54F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 102FSW Avg Depth: 67FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Saturday started out great with a nice complement of divers aboard the Escapade. The sun was out and we were even contemplating going past Lobos. Unfortunately the seas got a bit rough and we turned into the bay and settled on Outer Butterfly House. Harry, Dionna, and I decided to bring the scooters on this dive which was a great decision. Once we anchored the boat we could all see how great the vis was. Anxious to get in we did our pre-dive checks and with me leading we scootered off to the West. The vis was truly spectacular with at least 100' in some areas. Looking up from 70' I could clearly see the ripples on the surface. We scootered from one end of the reef on the west side which dipped below about 130' to the far east side which was around 70'. The shear walls of red coryinactus and hydro coral was fantastic. Along the way we saw a large school of blue rock fish, two medium sized Sheephead, and the usual nudi's.

On the second dive we changed sites to the East Pinnacles. After changing my battery and a nice hour and a half surface interval we dropped in again. Vis was not as great as the last site but it was still at least 50'. Again with me leading we zipped by four or five pinnacles of all shapes and sizes. We saw another pair of Sheephead but no large schools of fish. After about 35 mins of bottom time we called it a day and did a bit of deco on the way up. Back on the boat there were smiles all round. Hoping this is the start to some lucky Winter diving. See ya next trip.
7/20/2003 Butterfly Outer aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Peter Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 35' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 52F - 54F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 63FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:37
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
Skills practice for Tech 1. Gas sharing and valve drills at 20ft, down to the anchor in slow 10ft increments, then back up the same way.
2/23/2003 Butterfly Outer aboard Unknown Boat by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Sami Laine
Visibility: 20' - 35' Time:10:53 AM
Temp: 52F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 95FSW Avg Depth: 70FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 0:39
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
min deco
A second dive of the day for Clinton and me; this time we concentrated more on practice and less on sightseeing. I told Clinton that we have to see the end of his reel, and he obliged :-)

Practicing tieoffs, Clinton took us along the outer pinnacle structures of Butterfly house heading straight west. We really didn't see much worth reporting, and probably not because it wasn't there: we just missed it!

On our return to the boat I also practiced deploying the backup mask while doing a stop. Listening to your ears for depth guidance while doing this is tricky, but it could have been worse; Clinton needed to give me some control inputs but we got the job done.

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