The first day in Watermaker Hell (the second day I was working on the watermaker, though) was spent with the entire day (from dawn to after dusk) working on the watermaker. The second day in Watermaker Hell I managed to solve some problems and produce a few gallons of water. Then we decided to tackle some other projects in the afternoon/evening. Then we went diving right before sunset as a reward for being awesome.
We took a looong dinghy ride to an outer island and then dove an outer reef of that island. Both Luke and I were pretty happy with the way we dove – I was pushing 1:30 with a depth in the 50-60 foot range pretty consistently. We’re a long way from where we want to be, but we’re diving fairly and making a bit of progress. More practice and we’ll be even better.
While freediving at this spot was really great, spearfishing here was meh. That said we did kill several Lionfish, one of which was the biggest I’ve ever seen. I also managed a long shot on a small Cero Mackerel, which makes a guy feel good about his accuracy (since said guy was missing fish just two days before). Forgive the low-light pictures – Luke is still playing with settings.
I would have stayed there and dove for hours, but it was getting dark, we had a ton of fish onboard, and we weren’t seeing much. We also needed to get back, clean fish, and start dinner.
Of note, Luke is starting to play with underwater video and photo. My job continues to be mechanic/cook/provisioner/captain/navigator/parts-sourcer/spearfisherman/writer. It’s hard to add “video-guy” to that list, but Luke is a video-guy and I’ve got a bit of faith. Finger’s crossed.