Minato Maru

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Re: Minato Maru

Postby somethin fishy » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:26 pm

Hey Greg, did you take any pics?
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby ChuckyBob » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:12 pm

No,vis what quite poor and I dont think they wuld have been very good.
Also I have no housing for my new camera and no camera for my old housing.
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby somethin fishy » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:26 pm

I haven't had 5 meters viz in last dozen or so dives!! I wouln't compalin about that...
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby ChuckyBob » Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:58 pm

Next mission is to dive a few more wrecks in the outer gulf.
These will be close to twice the depth and hopefully twice the vis!
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby MikeS » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:08 pm

ChuckyBob wrote:Next mission is to dive a few more wrecks in the outer gulf.

A trip to Minato Maru is imminent due to recent purchase of boat! Interested to know what other wrecks in inner and outer gulf there are. What they are, where they are, how deep, etc....
Where is the best place to find that sort of info? I gather there are quite a few wrecks around, but never really hear of anyone diving them.
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby ChuckyBob » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:31 pm

Cool what sort of boat did you buy?


There are a few sunken barges in the outer gulf. Some are charted although not very accurately.
Apparently one has a house on it! There is also a charted wreck east of Tiri and north of The Noisies.
These are all relatively deep at over 40 meters and quite exposed.

I dont think the wreck diving around Auckland is all that great but there is a whole lot of great diving that is opened up by having your own boat. These are sites that charters dont seem to both with.
Back of Kawau, flat rock ( off Kawau), Gannet Rock off Waiheke, Leigh Reef to name a few.
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby MikeS » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:00 pm

ChuckyBob wrote:Cool what sort of boat did you buy?
Nothing too flash - 5.8m cuddy cabin with 140 merc. Needs abit of sorting out for diving including a better ladder. But she's a good sea boat


ChuckyBob wrote:I dont think the wreck diving around Auckland is all that great but there is a whole lot of great diving that is opened up by having your own boat. These are sites that charters dont seem to both with.
Back of Kawau, flat rock ( off Kawau), Gannet Rock off Waiheke, Leigh Reef to name a few.

Looking forward to doing exactly that. Maybe we could arrange a convoy?
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby ChuckyBob » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:05 pm

For sure, tomorrow AM to early?

So is it an Ali, glass, ply?
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby Jamie O » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:16 am

Did a boxing day dive on the Minato Maru - our first ever trip.

No problem finding it with ChuckyBob's marks. Dived on high water slack and had about a 90 minute window for comfortable diving.

Vis. was really good down to about 9m where we hit a cloud of brown sludge - from there it was 1-2m vis maximum. Fairly easy to navigate as the wreck is upright. We got inside the wheel house and into the aft section of the ship. If you are really keen (sidemount/taking off gear) you could get to the lower decks as the hatches are open, but I gave it a miss this time. Will go back with sidemount later this summer.

Very little fishing line and no major entanglement hazard (except for anchors). Wicked thermocline at 23m, temp dropped from 20 degrees to 17 degrees.

Big thanks to MikeS for taking us out there.
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Re: Minato Maru

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:08 pm

Cool. I hope to get out there again in the next few weeks.
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