SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

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SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby petemes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:03 pm

For years now various groups have been frantically trying to get funding to purchase a sidescan, but to no avail. There is a group of mad keen wreck divers scattered round NZ that have the knowledge, know how, and keenness to get out there and look for and dive these amazing relics of history. Hell, I couldnt think of anyone that wouldnt be totally up for a Virginal wreck expedition!!!

So I have come up with an idea of pooling funding (because we ALL will benefit from finding these wrecks). That way one person doesnt bear the brunt of all the costs of a sidescan! Believe me if I had the bucks I would get one, no questions asked! I have been doing some looking into various sidescans and to get one (not flash, just meat and veg) it will cost round $6800us. So just simplifying things, if 10 people went into a pool, that means that the costs are shared between everyone. That way everyone has an equal share of ownership in the sidescan. When people take it out using it, they will be responsible for the safety and care of it. Insurance will cover any problems (or ultimately the person using it)

This way its being used all the time and we are finding stuff!!!!!

This is a call to arms - is there ANYONE on this list who would be keen to become a part of a whole in the search for wrecks in NZ (and beyond????) A little bit of bucks from a lot of people gets results. !! OR if you are loaded and want to contribute to the greater good of mankind and help the boys out then COOL!!!!

I eagerly await any responses. Lets get out there and find some rust!!!!


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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:08 pm

How big is the unit and more importantly how big of a boat do you need to use it?
How deep will it scan?
I'd love to find that house that sunk out in the gulf!
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby binklebonk » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:25 pm

Yup I would be keen to look at it as an option, I briefly got excited about the "starfish" sidescan but then saw how insanely depth limited it was...... Very cheap though so hopefully a sign of production numbers coming up.
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:40 pm

Have not looked at the Starfish. But Humming bird do one as part of a chart plotter depth sounder unit.
Have not seen one in action but the demo display looks good.
But once again its very depth limited and I doubt they work anything at all like $10K ones.

I do think a side scan is an important resource for our Coastguard boat. I wonder if I can convince them to add one. :wink:
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby petemes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:55 pm

The Hummin Bird one is not a bad piece of kit. But the transducer sits on the bottom of the boat. So really only good for shallow depths. The transducer needs to be as close to the bottom as you can to get the best results.. I am looking at the Yellowfin by imaginex. They are the only real viable and moderately costed units around. - that I can find anyways.

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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:14 pm

Then just just make up a sled for the transducer and tow it behind the boat and save $8k 8)
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby Jason » Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:38 pm

I'll put in $100 smackaroos (just tell me where?) :)
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby petemes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:34 pm

Vampire Squid wrote:I'll put in $100 smackaroos (just tell me where?) :)


Jas,

Really appreciate your gesture mate. You will have to come to NZ sometime so we can return the kind sentiment.

I think you just made history!

Thanks again. (meet me in the carpark behind the bar. then we will exchange envelopes!) Hopefully the lotteries guy would have given up on me by now!!!

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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby dirchas » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:04 pm

Hey Pete,

Great idea ! Put me down for a hundy as well,

We may yet find that elusive 70mtr wreck yet!

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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby petemes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:22 pm

dirchas wrote:Hey Pete,

Great idea ! Put me down for a hundy as well,

We may yet find that elusive 70mtr wreck yet!

Cheers

Chas


Chas,

bloody heck, great to hear from you mate. Last time I saw you was in a bar on the GSR!!! Hope all is well. There are a few wrecks in that zone. I am looking for two between Cape Rodney and Sail rock - The Tauranga and Ellerslie. Both sitting in that depth, who collided and sank. ANother one the Matai off the Mercs - now with this sidescan we could find these puppies!!!!

Thanks again.

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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby dirchas » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:45 pm

Yeah it was the Maitai I was thinking of - let me know when and how you want the funds,

Lets catch up for a beer sometime.

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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby NEMES1S » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:23 am

With the amount of wrecks to be explored on the south coast that we chatted about the other day Pete....count me in..!! :lol:
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby dirchas » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:21 pm

Probably worth sitting down over a few beers at sonme point and having a round table over how best to co-ordinate the research and searching etc as well?
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Re: SIDESCAN - HUNT FOR WRECKS

Postby Jason » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:22 pm

petemes wrote:Jas,

Really appreciate your gesture mate. You will have to come to NZ sometime so we can return the kind sentiment.


Thats ok - I know a good thing when I see (read) it.

dirchas wrote:Probably worth sitting down over a few beers at sonme point and having a round table over how best to co-ordinate the research and searching etc as well?


I've spent a Knight at a Round Table once in the name of a few beers ...its amazing how many times a few beers can go around ...and around ...and around . :mrgreen:
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