We collected a good amount of interesting data before the storm. Come 2am, the storm was upon us and the winds swiftly picked up to 50 knots. I thought my transducer pole would be safe if in the down position with the guide rope attached. As it turns out, nothing was safe.
3am: Enjoying watching 30′ waves crush the stern of the ship.
4am: I realized that the pole might not fair well and decided to disconnect the echosounder.
5am: Capt. informs me that he doesn’t think the pole will make it through the storm (this is when the video was taken). Front guide rope snaps.
6am: The pole breaks loose and is bashing the side of the ship as it hangs on with a single kevlar rope, captain send the crew to cut it loose. I shed a tear and then start to plan on how to replace all the instruments.
Lesson learned, now I carry insurance.Transducer pole on R/V Atlantis experiencing the brunt of a storm from Peter Gaube on Vimeo.