Not just for play
When people discuss the important items to include on a boat being outfitted for cruising, seldom does the subject of snorkeling gear come up. Of course, most people have a set or two on board anyway, so that they can enjoy the pretty coral which borders many of the anchorages, but I wonder how many people consider a good mask and snorkel to be actual safety gear. We didn’t, although we do now.
I can honestly say that, although we enjoy recreational snorkeling, we have used our gear for “work” substantially more hours than we have for play. Diving on our anchor, cleaning the boat bottom and the odd underwater repair job are situations where we have found our snorkeling gear to be a necessity.
Unfortunately, one of the masks we left Canada with cracked, leaving it no longer usable, and we just noticed that the replacement we purchased for it has developed some mystery cracks too (neither cracked on the lens but rather on the plastic which surrounds it). Looks like we’re going to need to pick up another one because, as far as we’re concerned, having a good mask and snorkel on board (and fins) for both of us is essential.
In spite of the above which may lead you to believe that we don’t do a lot of diving for fun, we just had a great bit of snorkeling right behind our boat here in Admiralty Bay. Without a doubt it is some of the nicest coral that we have seen in the past few months and there was an excellent variety of fish to enjoy there too.