Q: Florida wreck 'Sheridan'

Q: Florida wreck 'Sheridan'

Post by cyklon3 » Sun, 21 Jul 2002 08:17:29


I wanted to burn a free airline ticket to FL and dive some of the
Atlantic wrecks, but my dive partner (who lives in Clearwater) is
trying to convince me save him the cross-state drive and do the gulf
wrecks Sheridan/Blackthorn instead.

The Atlantic wrecks are bigger, deeper, and probably have much better
vis...will the Sheridan be an acceptable compromise? Should I go with
my original idea and bag my buddy and the gulf stuff?

Thought I remembered reading something about the Blackthorn being
destroyed by storms or ??

Anyway, give me your opinions...
Thanks,
Gregg

 
 
 

Q: Florida wreck 'Sheridan'

Post by Lee Bel » Tue, 23 Jul 2002 03:19:21

Ask your buddy.  Wrecks are wrecks.  Visibility may be different.  If you
can't trust a buddy to tell you the truth about conditions, why would you
dive with him/her?

Lee


Quote:
> I wanted to burn a free airline ticket to FL and dive some of the
> Atlantic wrecks, but my dive partner (who lives in Clearwater) is
> trying to convince me save him the cross-state drive and do the gulf
> wrecks Sheridan/Blackthorn instead.

> The Atlantic wrecks are bigger, deeper, and probably have much better
> vis...will the Sheridan be an acceptable compromise? Should I go with
> my original idea and bag my buddy and the gulf stuff?

> Thought I remembered reading something about the Blackthorn being
> destroyed by storms or ??

> Anyway, give me your opinions...
> Thanks,
> Gregg


 
 
 

Q: Florida wreck 'Sheridan'

Post by Lper » Tue, 23 Jul 2002 05:06:02

Of all the dives in the Tampa-Naples run on the west coast, the Sheridan is the
second best wreck, behind the Bay Ronto.  The Sheridan is usually a pretty good
dive, with lots of smaller life all the time.  I've been on it 5 times and have
seen big critters three times.  There are a number of semi-resident eels and,
on one trip, 6-8 sharks.  The current can be 0-2 knots, and the visibility is
seldom more than 30 feet.  

It usually takes a 60-90 minute boat ride to get there.  If you can get the
Captain to make a minor detour on the way back (10 minutes) you might also
visit the "Upside-down barge."  Don't know if that's the official name, but
most local Captains know of it.  I've been there three times and always see
large critters and small.  35-40' deep, you can count on lots of life.

 
 
 

Q: Florida wreck 'Sheridan'

Post by Lee Bel » Wed, 24 Jul 2002 01:47:07

That pretty much answers the original question for me.  If the visibility on
the wreck is seldom more than 30 feet, then, by all means, dive the east
coast where visibility is seldom less than 30 feet or so.

Lee


Quote:
> Of all the dives in the Tampa-Naples run on the west coast, the Sheridan
is the
> second best wreck, behind the Bay Ronto.  The Sheridan is usually a pretty
good
> dive, with lots of smaller life all the time.  I've been on it 5 times and
have
> seen big critters three times.  There are a number of semi-resident eels
and,
> on one trip, 6-8 sharks.  The current can be 0-2 knots, and the visibility
is
> seldom more than 30 feet.

> It usually takes a 60-90 minute boat ride to get there.  If you can get
the
> Captain to make a minor detour on the way back (10 minutes) you might also
> visit the "Upside-down barge."  Don't know if that's the official name,
but
> most local Captains know of it.  I've been there three times and always
see
> large critters and small.  35-40' deep, you can count on lots of life.