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Foldspears – New on-board Juliet!

Earlier in September we were lucky enough to have the owners of Fishspearit, Inc. on board Juliet and they brought along some new fish toys for us to try out. Now for your spearing pleasure, we have Foldspears on board Juliet!

I don’t know about you, but I hate committing to having something in my hand the entire dive – be it a camera, a spear, whatever – it changes the whole feel of the dive for me. But with this crazy lionfish invasion, I do wish I could have a spear with me all the time in case I see one, I just don’t want to carry it around on every single dive! I want to be able to enjoy my dive and not be completely focused on spearing. These Foldspears are great, they fold up to about a foot long and a couple inches wide and strap to your leg, you barely even notice they’re there. But when you need it, there’s a 4′ or 6′ spear at the ready!

And just in time for our Lionfish Round-up in October!

We’re also trying out some new bags to add to our supplies. We’ve been using Armor bags Lionfish bags for about a year now and they seem to work great, even are able to hold Trevor’s record of 36 lionfish (he almost beat it last week with 34.5!). We’ve got another new model we’re trying out – so new we can’t even talk about it yet. Trevor is giving it the ol’ college try next week and will be back with a full report.

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Anniversary Cruise, November 3-9, 2012

Though she was built in 1974 in Australia, “Juliet” that we have come to know and love was really born ten years ago this fall. That is when John Beltramo bought her and started making his dream a reality.

Since then Juliet has traveled throughout the BahamasTurks and Caicos, US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys, and Dry Tortugas. She has sailed alongside divers, kiteboarders, Humpback whales, schools of dolphins, and has been called home for a week (and often longer!) by thousands of enthusiastic and supportive divers.

Congratulations John and Juliet! Come celebrate Juliet’s 10 year anniversary with us in November. John Beltramo will be Captaining the boat departing from Miami on November 3 and heading out to the Bahamas to dive the Bimini and Cat Cay chain. We will return to Miami on November 9, 2012. Come celebrate the dream with John along with our stellar crew of Trevor, Emily, Will, Hilary, and Jimmy. Call or email to reserve your spot today.

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Critters Galore in the Bahamas

We’ve had quite the critter sightings this summer, including a rogue Pigeon we affectionately named Fred who showed up while we were in the middle of nowhere to hitch a ride with us one week. He certainly made himself right at home (see our facebook page for photos)! The flat calm water has made it a cinch to spot all kinds of ocean surface dwellers, but even underwater we’ve been treated to some unique visits. Trevor made a new friend on Lost Pigeon Reef (ironically not named after Fred) in the form of a very personable Loggerhead Turtle who we think was trying to help him tie up to the mooring! She pushed right up underneath him almost as if helping him lift the heavy line, and then came back again later for some close encounters while on the dive.

June also brought us at least a half dozen Atlantic Spotted dolphin sightings and even a few lucky swims, and divers also saw a Hammerhead Shark on one of the dives down south. July has been no slouch either, just this week we got word from the boat that Trevor saw a whaleshark while the boat was mooring off of the West End of Grand Bahama, and then a Lemon shark later that day! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m diving with Trevor from now on.

A few impromptu trips to Grand Bahama (at the request of passengers) brought us Shark Week, Juliet style. Lemon sharks, whale sharks, Caribbean Reef sharks, you name it. Eleven on one dive even! Can’t wait to see the pictures.

 

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June Trip Reports

Mother Nature has taken us on a bit of a roller coaster ride this June. But we’re along for the ride either way!

[image size=”one-half” alt=”calm seas Bahamas” align=”left” fancy=”true” shadow=”true”]https://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/calm-seas-and-paddleboarding.jpg[/image] Despite having two named storms before the official June 1 opening of hurricane season, our first two trips in June were uneventful weather-wise. In fact, for most of the trips we barely had a stitch of wind! Our first week was a group of divers from all over, some from Arizona, others from right here in Florida, even one diver from China. Despite not knowing eachother when they boarded, everyone left with more friends than they came with and had a beautiful trip. We were able to sail (or motor rather since there was no wind!) down to the eastern edge of the Santaren channel and dive some of the most pristine dive sites in the Bahamas – Long Bow, Lost Medallion, Freedom Reef, among others.

Week two brought another hodgepodge of divers – this time from Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana. We were also lucky enough to have a couple of musicians on board who treated us to some songs on surface intervals, even a few sea shanties! Again, we were treated to some beautiful glassy seas, though we were able to sail one day towards the beginning of the week. The divers enjoyed some of the dive sites so much they wouldn’t let the crew leave – we stayed for an extra dawn dive on Long Bow because we couldn’t get enough of it. The lionfish count was definitely respectable at 159 and although the captain and one of the passengers got stung accidentally, they managed to exact their revenge by devouring their adversaries in a taco.

Divers on both trips were also treated to the newest addition to the fleet, a hybrid paddle-yak – a stand-up paddleboard (or SUP) that converts into a kayak. There was much taunting and laughing as folks tried to balance on the board and paddle laps around the boat, and the consensus was it is a great addition to Juliet.

The good weather continued through the next few weeks, delighting a group of families on board for a yearly scout trip, as well as the beginning of the next trip where we welcomed back the divers and staff of Open Water Adventures. But the weather started to turn a little at the end of the month, chasing Juliet back to Miami a day early on one trip, and all out cancelling the next with no thanks to Tropical Storm Debby! Hurricane season is indeed upon us – don’t forget your trip insurance!

Fortunately next week is looking fantastic – the calm AFTER the storm, apparently. Maybe that will be it for the year and we’ll be treated to flat calm seas for the rest of the summer. That’s why summer is our favorite season on Juliet – the water is warm, and the weather is beautiful as long as there are no hurricanes in the area.

Fingers crossed for the rest of the season!

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New Lionfish T-shirts are in!

We’re in the process of redesigning our line of T-shirts (stay tuned for previews of the new design) and during one of the brain-storming sessions we came up with a great design for a Lionfish T-shirt. You can now buy these shirts on-board but with one prerequisite…

[image size=”two-third” title=”Lionfish Tshirt” align=”left” fancy=”true” shadow=”true”]https://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/lionfish-tshirt.jpg[/image]You must have killed a lionfish with your bare hands! 

Ok, maybe with a spear and not your bare hands as they are quite toxic, the point is these T-shirts are only available if you are in fact a Lionfish Slayer and killed that Lionfish while on board Juliet. There is a limited amount available right now so be sure to book your trip and secure your trophy shirt!

 

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Gun Cay Bahamas, Honeymoon Harbor

Spring in the Bahamas

It’s been a beautiful return to our home port of Miami this Spring, so much so that it’s hard to believe it’s actually Spring in Florida! Typically Spring tends to be a little peckish, performing the “In like a Lion, out like a Lamb” routine with a few last ditch efforts at windy winter weather before the summer calm. Water temps are usually a bit on the chilly side (low 70s) and because of that March tends to be a little slow…

[image size=”two-third” title=”Bahamas weather” alt=”Bahamas Weather” align=”left” fancy=”true” shadow=”true”]https://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/glass-seas-in-march.jpg[/image] Not this year! Water temps have been in the mid- to high-70s (78 last reported!) and visibility and weather have been  stellar! Last week our divemaster Trevor took this picture from the deck of Juliet. What a week! The group got all the way down to Orange Cay for some stellar pristine diving and managed to slaughter 101 lionfish in 4 days! Congratulations!

Thursday the group ended up paying for all the beautiful weather and spent the day barbecuing and relaxing behind Gun Cay (featured above) after a beautiful week of flat seas and light wind, the wind came up out of the southwest which made diving very unpleasant out front. Divers chowed down on their kills of the week garnished with a little perfectly grilled steak and headed back home under full sail.

We’ve still got some Spring availability – I think the weather is just going to get better and better!

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