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About Gypsyblood Dive: Captain Anthony has finally retired. He has been talking about this for a number of years. I for one want to wish him all of the best and want to thank him for allowing us to enjoy the pleasure of diving from one of greatest boats in the northeast. Owning the Gypsy Blood has been a dream of mine ever since Anthony started talking about retiring. Over the last few years, one thing or the other has prevented me from pulling the trigger on purchasing the boat. When Anthony informed me that this would be the year that he was going to retire, Colleen and I starting trying to figure how we could make it happen. We have made some many friends over the years on the boat, I just couldn't let the boat go any other who may moving to some other location. So effective this year, I am now the sole owner of the Gypsy Blood. I will be updating the WEB site soon. So check back soon for updates. At Gypsy Blood Dive our goal continues to be the best "Full-Service" Dive Charter Operation anywhere. All dive trips are aboard the 2003, USCG certified and inspected, 50 foot Evans custom dive boat. Designed by divers for divers, with features that include 2 rest rooms, a fresh water wash down, room for all your equipment and powered by twin 450HP Cummins Diesel engines for a cruising speed of well over 20 knots. Gypsy Blood is docked at the Southside Marina in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. (For GPS users, 2 St. Louis Avenue Point Pleasant Beach, NJ) The Gypsy Blood is equipped with the latest in electronics, first-aid, oxygen, and life rafts for your safety and peace of mind.
We have instituted a new equipment requirement for all divers, please click on the Safety Sausage/SMB link for full details.
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Insight about Captain Jim: Captain Jim began his diving career as most divers do. Simple trail dive while on his honeymoon in Hawaii with his wife Colleen. Not realizing that he live in an area that would offer him the exact type of diving that he would love so much. Wreck Diving in a part of the country that contains more natural wreck than anywhere else. After getting his training and diving on boats like the Seeker, Wahoo, Outlaw, Wreck Valley and the Venture III. Acting like a sponge and learning everything he could at every opportunity. He started crewing on the Gypsy Blood the day she was finished. He worked from the ground up and one day he realized that he wanted to learn how so many of the captains he worked with made it look so easy. After a few more years of working the boat, he went to sea school and secured his USCG Captains License. In 2007 Anthony Pessolano gave him the keys to the boat. He has been at it ever since. Doing what he loves to do, taking divers out to their favorite dive sites in the northeast and even getting in a few dives of his own from time to time. Back to the Top
Gypsy Blood Dive Report
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We offer individual rates as well as special group rates for Dive Clubs and Dive Shops, please see the policy section of this site, e-mail us or call for details (973-949-4599). Our sole mission is to deliver a safe, enjoyable dive experience with a highly qualified crew, to bring you back again and again. Back to the Top
Some of our Personalized Services:
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- Custom Dive Charters
- PADI certified training and Dive Tours
- All Dive Chartered Trips include Soft Drinks and Water
- Special Rates for Dive Clubs and Dive Shops
- We also have year round Lobster available. Six Lobsters per day per diver all year long (as long as they are big enough, there is a minimum size), if people are game. We can put you on the lobster, then it is "mano e mano" from there.
- We can make arrangements for tanks with one of the local dive shops for anything from Air to Trimix fills. Please call well ahead for this service.
Tours of Wrecks
The Incredible World of Wreck Diving...
The real drama can be found touring one of the causalities of the German U-boat fleet, like the Gulftrade. She was cut in half by U-588 with Kapitanleutnant Vogel in charge, on March 9, 1942. One of the unusual elements of this attack was that is was so close to Barnegat Lighthouse that people in Barnegat City were awakened by the blast and saw the pillar of flames from their homes. Eighteen men who may have gotten into a lifeboat never heard from again, nine survived by remaining in the still floating stern and Captain Olsen and six other crew members survived in the remaining lifeboat.
The bow, of the Gulftrade, drifted off Barnegat about six miles and eventually sunk in 54 feet of water. The hull was later blasted and cable dragged, by the Army Corps of Engineers, as a hazard to navigation. The stern, however, drifted 13.5 miles ENE of Barnegat Inlet and came to rest in 80 feet of water where it rests relatively intact. One of the tens of thousands of wrecks that lie on the Ocean's floor...
It is rare indeed to get that close to an historical artifact of war. One can not help but be moved as you look inside that wreck and try to imagine what it was like that fateful night over 60 years ago; what ever happened to the souls of those 18 missing sailors.
You can't help but wonder if they are still out there waiting to be rescued... things like that make diving here so unique. We can provide guided tours of these and other wreck sites.
| Anthony, and his family, sank a 95 foot Tug (The Vincent Paul) in honor of his Father (Vincent) and Brother (Paul) on the Garden State Reef. It's a 100 year tribute to two great people who loved the sea. Fishing, diving and just being out on the open ocean was the place they got the most joy and peace. |
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What others are saying.
This past Saturday found myself and Mike Nast as guests aboard the Gypsy Blood dive boat out of Long Beach Island. Let me explain. Bryan Palmer sent a heads up email about this new boat diving out of LBI. Well, Mike's folks have a beach house on the island, so that is the perfect site for diving- roll out of bed and we are on the boat in 10 minutes. Turns out, that to drum up business, Anthony, the boat owner, was offering free rides to representatives of dive shops to promote the boat. Who better to represent Smokey's than yours truly? OK, then who better to whine and beg and promise to promote the boat than yours truly? Go to www.gypsyblooddive.com to check out the boat. My work is done.
No, really, the boat is great. Super powerful twin screws capable of 24 knots get the hull out of the water and to the dive site in record time. Located at Barnegat Light Marina, it is a quick motor to open water. The boat has long, wide benches down both sides and entries are via giant stride off the back. You climb back on board by standard ladder (not skeleton) after first removing your fins and handing them to a mate. There are six bunks for napping, twin heads and Anthony supplies lunch and drinks.
The weather report for Saturday was for 3-5 ft waves and rain, but once again they were wrong. At the dive site we found cloudy conditions and 2-3 ft rollers. We dove the Vincent Paul, a 95 ft tug, sunk by Anthony's family as part of the artificial reef project. Viz was down to 20 ft due to the stormy conditions all week, and water temps at the bottom are at 54. Maximum depth was 86 ft. The tug is intact and upright. I did a penetration to explore the cabin and then the engine room. No one was home, except for one eel, who poked his head out of a pipe to investigate the intruder to his habitat.
Out in the sand were hundreds of piles of old tires. They are cabled together in bundles and left as artificial reef habitat. Mike and I set a wreck reel and went exploring. We found a few lobsters and brought one home for dinner. No scallops at all on the sand. We saw some 7-10 lb monster fluke. Maybe I'll stab one next time, but the idea of filleting didn't appeal to my lazy nature. 75 yds to port we stumbled onto another wreck, an upside down barge. Both dives lasted about an hour. It was a unique environment, with all the tire bundles to investigate for lobster. We finished the second dive before noon and were on the road and back to Lancaster early.
I give the Gypsy Blood two thumbs up for ease of diving, friendly crew who catered to the needs of the divers, fast cruising speed and stable dive platform. LBI is 1/2 hour further than Brielle, but worth the drive as you can unload your gear right at the boat (like the Surface Interval), without having a long walk down the pier (like the Seeker). Anthony charges $80.00, and I think this would be a great vessel for open water and advanced open water check out dives.
Remember, the earth is 3/4 covered by ocean, not quarry. Get out and enjoy the majesty of the sea. Speaking of fresh water, I leave for 9 days of advanced cave diving in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico on friday. Steve Gerrard is teaching me cave DPV using the Silent Submersion scooter and also cave surveying. Watch for my report in two weeks. Until then, Live the Adventure!!!