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Friday, September 06, 2013


Friday, September 6th, 2013


I got “home” Sunday night from Scotland, UK.

I am here being a bachelor as my wife is at the beach in North Carolina participating in a West Virginia University Sorority Reunion.  She will be back tomorrow night.

This Tuesday, September 10th we leave for San Francisco, California for a two week visit to my sister’s home located in Los Gatos, California (near San Jose).  This will be Harriet’s first visit to the San Francisco Bay area.  I have everything planned out (with my sister Mary’s help) for the entire trip.  We will travel up to Marin County to visit Stinson Beach and Mt. Tamalpais and stay at Morro Bay and then visit Napa Valley wine area.  We will be going to an Oakland Athletics baseball game on Monday night, September 16th as they play the Angels.  Then we will be going to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur for three nights.  Intertwined with all this will be several trips to the City of San Francisco as I have tickets for 7 days of trolley rides, a boat tour trip on the S.F. Bay, the S. F. Aquarium, the Museum of Natural Science and a few other things I cannot remember.  We return on Tuesday, September 24th and then Thursday, September 26th I depart for Aberdeen, Scotland for my last hitch on the MSV Island Enforcer.  At the beginning of November we are taking the vessel to Brazil, which will take three weeks then I get off near the end of November flying from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil back to Charleston.  Then I fly to Cancun, Mexico around December 6th as I have a four day class to teach with a girl from California and then I guide a couple from Finland for two weeks before flying back to Charleston on December 23rd.

You can say that I keep myself quite busy, eh?

While I am in California and visiting Monterey I will be stopping by the Backscatter Underwater Photography store to get my

Nauticam NA-NEX5R Underwater Housing for Sony NEX-5R Camera

I am excited in getting this toy and get my “butt” back into underwater photography.  My plans are to take u/w photos every day possible in the caves.
Both Harriet and I will fly back to Cancun around December 29th as she will stay for at least two weeks.  In addition, we get to see the newly renovated bathroom in our condo as Gonzalo and Patricia Vaccaluzzo (they coordinate renovations) are working on that this month.

My “new” 2014 book “THE CENOTES OF THE RIVIERA MAYA” will be published in January, 2014.  I have been diligently working on this project for quite a while.  It will be an E BOOK with five times the information compared to the 2001 book.

As an example, I just received the new book from Europe …”A QUEST for the SECRETS of XILBALBA.


There are no longer many places on the globe where humans have yet to set foot. One of few exceptions is the expansive jungle of the interior of Mexico’s Yucat√°n peninsula, an area that in ancient times was populated by the flourishing Mayan civilization. Astonishingly, relics of the Maya are still to be found in the impenetrable jungle today. Beneath this world is another world with even more surprises – a world full of caves whose discovery is fraught with danger.  Not only are these caves difficult to find and access, explorers must contend with the endless masses of water that fill them. As a sign of their respect for this place, the ancient Maya called it Xibalba – place of fear.

This book is the story of a group of speleologists who have dedicated their lives to the discovery and exploration of underground worlds. It is also about their colleagues and friends, some of whom have paid the highest price for their resolve.

Hard cover book, including a folding map.

This has helped me answer a few questions.  This book is all about the KOOX BA’AL #4 longest underwater cave system located west of Chemuyil with a GREAT u/w map.

Be Safe!  Be happy!


103 La Costa Xel Ha Avenue

Puerto Aventuras, Q. Roo,

77782    MEXICO










RX10 Sidemount LED

The RX10 Sidemount features a longer cord that is mounted at a 70 degree angle to the canister lid. This allows the sidemount diver to butt mount or tank mount the light with minimal strain to the light cord while a ten extra inches of length provides ample flexibility for light placement in either hand or when scootering.
The RX10 is the next generation in our advanced LED lighting systems. It’s 30% brighter than its predecessor with a tight, fixed focus beam. As always, the RX brand utilizes an intelligent microprocessor control unit to keep the light operating at peak efficiency. This smart controller monitors the battery voltage, alerts the diver to low battery upon turn on and monitors temperature for device protection.
At full power, the RX10 has a seven hour burn time, however, using smart technology, the RX10’s microprocessor“thinks” for the diver and automatically switches from full 

  • 1000 system lumens @ full power
  • Lux ratings: 10,500 @ 1 meter as measured using a Konica Minolta Chroma Meter
  • CREE® XLamp® LED, 10,000 hour life
  • Color Correlated Temperature (CCT): 6,000 Kelvin
  • Power Consumption - 12Watts @ maximum output using a 12v 4500ma NiMH slimline battery. Does not fall under TSA travel restrictions. NiMH Smart Charger automatically adjusts to 110/220 volts AC and 50/60Hz frequency.
  • 6-hour burn time. Four hours at full power with an additional two hours at reduced power using fresh, conditioned batteries
  • Depth rating - 500 feet (152 m)
  • 3.8 lbs (1.72 kg) including battery, Buoyancy (-1.25 lbs)
  • Slimline canister: 9”(L) x 2.6” (dia.)
    [22.86 cm x 6.60 cm]
  • Made in the U.S.A.

  • Do not plug the battery into the light head while out of the canister. Even when the light is off, if the battery is plugged in backwards it can create reverse polarity and damage the light. Always use a fresh, properly charged battery in order to achieve rated burn times.

  • RX10 LED Light
    User manual for the RX10 LED primary light. Posted 12.20.2012

power to a graduated voltage drop to extend battery run-time while maintaining usable light. A key added safety feature is the battery check function. The diver can check battery state-of-charge by simply switching the unit on. If the unit flashes three rapid pulses, the diver knows that the battery is low before the dive and will start in the half-power setting.
The RX10 employs a CREE® XLamp® LED with a system lumen rating of 1000 lumens. At one meter, the RX10 boasts a LUX rating greater than 10,500 lumens. Designed for technical diving, the RX10 sports a tight 10-degree beam that is useful for signaling, yet covers enough area to illuminate the surrounding environment for better awareness as well as viewing pleasure.
The RX10 comes standard with our Goodman metal hand mount, an elastic hand mount, our Quick Belt Mount, and banana plug power connections. The RX10 NiMH batteries do not contain lithium and
therefore are not subject to TSA travel restrictions. NiMH Smart Charger comes standard with a US power cord and automatically adjusts to 110/220 volts AC and 50/60Hz frequency.
The Dive Rite RX10 is proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.

** Do not plug the battery into the light head while out of the canister. Even when the light is off, if the battery is plugged in backwards it can create reverse polarity and damage the light. Always use a fresh, properly charged battery in order to achieve rated burn times.


Nomad LT Bluewater

Designed for warm water diving with aluminum 80s, the Nomad LT Bluewater is designed for the sidemount diver who is diving in open bodies of water. The low profile design packs easy for travel at only 5.5 pounds including all the hardware. The lift is pushed toward the bottom by two baffles to keep the lift in the small of the back. The Super Fabric back is tough and puncture resistant. The inflator assembly is routed over the shoulder just like any openwater BC and an epaulet secures it over the shoulder. The lower dump valve is located on the lower backside of the BC.
We use two seperate bungees that attach to our exclusive daisy chain connection design so one size bungee works for any size diver. * Small volume steel cylinders can be used when diving a dry suit.* The Nomad LTs exceptional design creates the first sidemount rig of its kind that is simple to set up and configure with an all-in-one webbing harness and wing 

  • All-in-one, non-modular rig is one complete piece.
  • Comes standard with our tank chokers (BC2720) and ring bungees (BC2722).
  • Standard 12-inch elbow inflator. 16-inch available upon request.
  • Black outer bag is made of SuperFabric brand technology and 1000 denier Cordura® offering superior durability.
  • Inner bladder is constructed from heavy-duty 210 denier nylon laminated bladder which is highly resistant to pinches and punctures
  • Urethane flanges are welded in place, which make it easy to switch out corrugated hoses and over pressurization valves without tools
  • Marine grade stainless hardware
  • One size fits all
  • Made in the U.S.A.


combination. Pivot points at the chest provide comfort for women and large-chested divers and stainless steel slides at the waist provide a customizable fit. See our Nomad LT Fitting Video for tips.
Unique to the Nomad LT is the tight wing profile that provides instant trim with an ingenius 3-inch (7.6cm) expansion panel located at the base of the wing. This puts air where it is needed for optimal trim and efficiency. A low profile buttplate is located just at the base of the wing for divers with steel 85s, providing easy access to bottles. SuperFabric® brand technology on the outer wing provides optimum resistance to punctures and abrasions, while remaining very flexible.
Weighing only 5.4lbs (2.5kg), the Nomad LT is our favorite for travel to warm water destinations. Extremely streamlined, the Nomad LT has 22lbs of lift to carry twin aluminum 80 cylinders with a wetsuit or Faber steel 85s when wearing a drysuit. 
Made in the U.S.A.
** Faber steel 85s are lighter than other brands of similar size tanks. Only wear Faber steel 85s with the Nomad LT.
*** Due to a lift capacity of 22lbs, the Nomad LT is designed to support a maximum of 10lbs of additional weight worn for trim or buoyancy purposes.