Monday, February 11, 2013

2/11/13 Report - Surfing Conditions Better Than Detecting Conditions & Bilge Plug

Written by the Treasureguide for the exclusive use of

Old Cut
Beach conditions were poor this morning.  The water was a little rough - even a few surfers were enjoying themselves (See video at end of post).

The water on one beach was coming up over the front berm before high tide at one beach.  I found another spot (shown in the photo to the left) where the water was getting up to the toe of the dune.  It wasn't cutting at all, but just touching the bottom of this cut.

So the water was up higher than has been the case most of the time lately, but nothing that would do much good.

Bill H. wrote and asked if there is any use in searching the area just below the dune on the beachThat is a good question that I haven't addressed for quite some time.

There are old items in some of the dunes, and they will be washed out during high waves and water like we had during Sandy.  At those times it is worth checking, but most of the time it is not one of the high probability spots.

Things will occasionally fall out of the dunes when there is no storm.  The dune fronts can just get dry and fall in.   But finding something old under those conditions is a very long shot.

The sand builds up at the bottom of the dune in two ways.  One is when it falls out of the dune and piles up at the bottom of the dune, and the other is when sand is pushed up to the toe of the dune by the water, like the one spot I showed in the above photo today.

The area just in front of the bottom of the dune is most productive when the water hits the dune face with force and washes away a lot of the sand that falls to the toe of the dune leaving behind more interesting objects.

I received a lot of email about the plug that I posted the other day.   There were several answers offered,
 but one answer was the clear majority opinion.

Some people thought the copper stopper might be a hot water bottle stopper or for an ice box drain or something like that.  All of the answers I received were very plausible, but the majority opinion is that the plug is a drain plug for a boat.  David S. sent of photo of a new boat drain plug that looked very much like the one shown here.

You'll notice that this one, unlike the one I posted the other day, has rubber on it, otherwise it is almost exactly the same as the dug one. 

I'll post here just a couple of the statements that provide some additional detail to the boat drain plug identity.

Here is what Bill P. said.  Your stopper is a transom plug used in most modern boats. By turning the "T" clockwise the plug expands to seal the drain in the boat.

And Eric L. said,  What you have there is an older transom drain plug from a small boat!  

Thanks to everybody who took the time to give their thoughts.  All were appreciated.

Here is what the ocean looked like today before high tide.  If you are able  to increase the size of the video  you might be able to see a surfer up for a short while near the middle of the video.

On the Treasure Coast the surf is around 3 -4 feet today, predicted to decrease to 2 - 3 feet tomorrow.

Detecting conditions are poor.  Sand is accumulating most places, as is typical with southeast winds.

There may be a few spots that have been previously cut that might be better.

Low tide this afternoon is around 2:45 PM.

Happy hunting,