I was rummaging around my store room and came across my venerable "look bucket"
I first saw one of these when I went fishing
with an old timer Bahamian fisherman. He never got his feet feet wet...ever. He'd place a fish
trap, with some bait, in the water
, some 30' deep, come back the next day to his " secret" spot that he found by aligning various landmarks.
Then he'd place the " look bucket" in the water
alongside his skiff, so he could see the bottom, to find his fish
trap. Once found, he'd lower a line with a small grapnel hook and bring up the trap, usually containing a few grouper.
I have quite a few photo's of this operation, but I was mesmerized by the "look bucket" and first thing I did when I got back, was to find me a 5 gallon bucket, cut the bottom out and glue in a clear plastic bottom with some 5200.
What a fantastic device. I liked to use it for diving
. I'd poke my head
into it and lean over the bow while someone else was driving the dink. I could see forever, and would search out prospective dive sites before I'd even got in the water.
I also used it to check my anchor
No sailor should be without one of these.