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    It's coming.......

    I am most fortunate as I live on the shore of Lake Michigan. Yesterday and today I got to see the sunrise on a clear horizon. That means that the air over the lake was warm enough that it didn't draw water vapor up in the form of low clouds. English translation, spring is coming!!!! It will be a while yet, but I'll bet I'll be launching my boat before April 1st. I usually do. And that means open water diving is only a month distant, maybe less! I got out to the local wreck with a couple buddies on March 12th a couple years back. Can't wait!

    Jim

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    But, that can't be! That silly deciduous eating rodent saw his shadow...

    I'm sorry, you'll have to come back in 3 weeks.

    That aside, when does the diving start?

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    hey you ever heard of heading south. I could not imagine diving in the temps and conditions you great lake guys do

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman241 View Post
    hey you ever heard of heading south. I could not imagine diving in the temps and conditions you great lake guys do
    Your in Indiana. You are south. LOL. I usually wait until the ice is off the lake and the air temps are in the mid 40's. By then, I can run my farm tractor down to the beach and back the boat into the lake. Then I can awaken the 90 HP Johnson and let it warm up from it's winter nap. Once that's done it's a five minute run to a side wheel steamer that burn't and sank in 1856 in 50 feet of water. The real dive season begins!!!!

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    Here's the steamer I head for. Niagara Dive 5/31/08 on Vimeo. A fun little video I did a few squares back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lake Michijim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bigman241 View Post
    hey you ever heard of heading south. I could not imagine diving in the temps and conditions you great lake guys do
    Your in Indiana. You are south. LOL. I usually wait until the ice is off the lake and the air temps are in the mid 40's. By then, I can run my farm tractor down to the beach and back the boat into the lake. Then I can awaken the 90 HP Johnson and let it warm up from it's winter nap. Once that's done it's a five minute run to a side wheel steamer that burn't and sank in 1856 in 50 feet of water. The real dive season begins!!!!

    Lucky guy!! Can I come play?

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    That was an interesting video.

    I wouldn't have expected that you'd have that much visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lake Michijim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bigman241 View Post
    hey you ever heard of heading south. I could not imagine diving in the temps and conditions you great lake guys do
    Your in Indiana. You are south. LOL. I usually wait until the ice is off the lake and the air temps are in the mid 40's. By then, I can run my farm tractor down to the beach and back the boat into the lake. Then I can awaken the 90 HP Johnson and let it warm up from it's winter nap. Once that's done it's a five minute run to a side wheel steamer that burn't and sank in 1856 in 50 feet of water. The real dive season begins!!!!

    Lucky guy!! Can I come play?
    Sure!

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    The S.S. Niagara being in 50 feet of water typically has 20 - 40 foot viz. A little better July - September. I've been on the wreck with over 80 foot although that is somewhat rare. The deeper wrecks like the Northerner for instance, which is a fairly intact wooden schooner down about 130 see much better viz. I've seen 200+ there and 100+ is fairly common. I was on the bottom last year a good 100 feet away off the ships port side and I could see the whole length of the ship and the bottom around her. The Northerner is 81 feet long. You can see her in video's on my Vimeo site. I might suggest "Labor Day with the Deep Six". That was taken when I first got my Sony and Top Dawg housing. good stuff.

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    Nive little vid. Looked like a lot of zebra on though.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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