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    Vandenberg

    Since my trip to dive the Red Sea has been postponed...I am going to head down to Florida to do some diving.

    For part of the trip, I would like to get down and dive the Vandenberg and was wondering if anyone had any charter recommendations?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Vandenberg

    Highly recommend Captains Corner. www.captainscorner.com CCR friendly with a great boat (lots of room for kit and gearing up) and solid crew who understand tech diving. Wreck is awesome. Dove with them two weeks ago and it was a great experience.

    Justin

    Quote Originally Posted by capedivers  View Original Post
    Since my trip to dive the Red Sea has been postponed...I am going to head down to Florida to do some diving.

    For part of the trip, I would like to get down and dive the Vandenberg and was wondering if anyone had any charter recommendations?

    Thank you.

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    I dove with Subtropic Dive Center. I did a 2.5 solo dive while 3 other divers where going to double dip with single 80's. It turns out one of the other divers had ear trouble, so they were only under a total of 16 minutes. Too bad for them. I did the front half of the wreck deck by deck, deepest first of course. There was a ripping current.

    One thing I thought was strange is they had me and one other guy pay $25 extra because other divers had cancelled at the last minute. Wouldn't they have kept the cancelled groups $$ if they cancelled within 24 hours? Oh well, I got my money's worth.

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    Id see if Wookie is running a trip on the spree. If not, call lesley at Captains corner.

    Why not stop in Key largo on the way down and dive with us? We have the Duane, Spiegel, Bibb plus deeper stuff if you want deep tech. Were obviously a ccr specialist shop too.

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    Re: Vandenberg

    Quote Originally Posted by jmiddleton  View Original Post
    Highly recommend Captains Corner. www.captainscorner.com CCR friendly with a great boat (lots of room for kit and gearing up) and solid crew who understand tech diving. Wreck is awesome. Dove with them two weeks ago and it was a great experience.

    Justin
    How long was the boat ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tflaris  View Original Post
    How long was the boat ride?
    not long - 30 mins Id guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by tflaris  View Original Post
    How long was the boat ride?
    Chris is right on...30 min...maybe 40 min and that was because it was choppy.

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    Re: Vandenberg

    I have only been on the V one time, and I went with Captain's Corner. Personally, I would not go on that boat again.

    The vessel is a converted crew boat, and it is not made for diving in the way that a real dive boat would be. The diver has to enter the water from high above (not really a big problem, but not like going off of a platform at water level). When exiting the water, the diver not only has to climb onto the platform but then has to ascend another stairway to reach the deck. (Personally, I prefer to do the least amount of physical exhertion possible after a dive in order to keep the evil deco spirits away.)

    The interior of the vessel is used for storage. So, this makes only the main deck suitable for divers with kit. Bail out bottles are stored in a rack in the middle of that deck, leaving sufficient but not ample room for divers with their units. On our trip, we ended out having to have dive bags spread out around the deck, making things even less spacious.

    I had no problem with the crew or the way in which the dive was handled. However, I find the boat lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaDadMiami  View Original Post
    I have only been on the V one time, and I went with Captain's Corner. Personally, I would not go on that boat again.

    The vessel is a converted crew boat, and it is not made for diving in the way that a real dive boat would be. The diver has to enter the water from high above (not really a big problem, but not like going off of a platform at water level). When exiting the water, the diver not only has to climb onto the platform but then has to ascend another stairway to reach the deck. (Personally, I prefer to do the least amount of physical exhertion possible after a dive in order to keep the evil deco spirits away.)

    The interior of the vessel is used for storage. So, this makes only the main deck suitable for divers with kit. Bail out bottles are stored in a rack in the middle of that deck, leaving sufficient but not ample room for divers with their units. On our trip, we ended out having to have dive bags spread out around the deck, making things even less spacious.

    I had no problem with the crew or the way in which the dive was handled. However, I find the boat lacking.
    Blimey Howard. You are a great guy and we all think your tops, but your expectations on commercial boats are waaaay beyond realistic. LOL!

    I think the Sea Eagle is a superb vessel. It was even used on the Bond movies. Theres a ton of room on it and I regularly take 4-8 tech divers with all our crap onboard and we still have loads of room. The boat is huuuuge, how can you not have enough room??!!

    What are you diving on up in Miami Howard? A luxury megga yacht? :)

    If you are like Howard and demand more luxury - try the MV Spree.

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