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Scapa - When and who with?

Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by Griffalo, May 19, 2017.

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  1. Griffalo

    Griffalo Active Member

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    We're looking to sort a trip out to Scapa.
    When is the best time of year to go?
    Are there any dates to avoid?
    Also any recommendations as to who to go with? Huskyan seems to get a lot of mentions.

    Thanks
     
  2. nickb

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    Right now would be good. The viz is currently 25-30m and it's awesome.

    I can't see myself ever doing Scapa on any other boat that Huskyan.
     
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  3. Griffalo

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    May would be a problem next year as my son will have his A levels coming up. 25-30m vis sounds amazing though.


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  4. Dave Whitlow

    Dave Whitlow Well-Known Member

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    Why? Are you sitting the exams for him?

    I've had awesome conditions late season (late September/October) and the water is as warm as it will get. Can get the occasional blowy day but so long as there isn't very heavy rain it can be great.

    Nick is right that Huskyan is the the best boat. MV Halton is worth a look too. Although less luxurious, the skipper knows his stuff and has an interesting sense of humour and is less picky about filling unloved suit bottles.
     
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  5. nickb

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    Yes, Halton and Valkyrie are worthy of consideration too. They are liveaboards, with the usual 'compact & bijou' cabins that come with such vessels but are well-run operations.

    Valkyrie's bigger sibling, Valhalla, will be operational within a week or so and that promises more space & headroom, which would be welcome for those of larger than hobbit proportions.

    Huskyan is land-based with accommodation in a spacious and very comfortable house that is a few minutes walk to the boat.
     
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    Been twice in October and had good conditions and viz. huskyan is fab.
     
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    The other benefit of Huskyan is Ben. Any suit or kit issues sorted and back on the boat for the morning, purely awesome. Used it twice in a week.
     
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    Ben provides the same service to any diver in Stromness.
     
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    Fair doos but an asset any way.
     

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