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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Cabin Cruiser
Depth: 17 to 21 metres (63 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: The Cabin Cruiser is located very close to the Estate Car on the south wall of the west corner. It is easiest to navigate here via the Cessna Plane wreck - From the Bus Stop entry take a 270 degree bearing and expect around a 20 minute slow swim. From the Slipway entry take a 275 degree bearing and expect a 20-25 minute swim (note: you will encounter a mid-water swim over the deeper area). From the Cessna a 230 degree bearing will take you to the wooden Cabin Cruiser after about 3 - 5 minutes of swimming. If you fancy seeing the Transit Van while you are in the vicinity then from the Cabin Cruiser, head in the opposite direction to the estate car, along the base of the wall and you'll come to the Transit Van after about 3 - 5 minutes. From here take a due north bearing and you'll soon hit the north wall which you can then follow back to the exit points (a reasonably long swim).
History & Description: The Cabin Cruiser is an old wooden power vessel which lies on the sloping slate south wall in the west corner of Stoney with its stern facing the surface and bow pointing towards the silt floor. What remains is the main body of the vessel and with the light penetrating down the slope from above it is picturesque and make for some good photos. Like the Cessna, Transit Van and Estate Car, the Cabin Cruiser is less dived than many of the other features in Stoney Cove due to its distance from the entry points and its proximity in the west corner. The result is generally better, less disturbed, visibility and significantly less divers. The west corner is a good place to dive and with the Cessna, Estate Car and Transit Van so close to the Cabin Cruiser there's plenty to see.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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