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  1. #1
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    Success is living like a millionaire when you're not!

    Aug 2009
    Florida
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    Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    I recently took a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on Princess Cruise Lines with my wife and metal detector. I had an opportunity to hunt 3 days in 3 different countries of the 4 countries we visited. I could have made it 4 for 4, but one day in port got chewed up doing just shopping so I did not even bring the gear off the ship.

    My first port was in the Bahamas where I picked up some clad and two rings, a tungsten carbide band and one 14K gold band. I actually had some friendly competition on this beach. There was another guy there also from my ship with a MD. He said he was from Canada and he picked up two rings both of which were some alloy and not any precious metal. I did not see him out on the rest of the cruise though.
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    My second port was in Jamaica where my sunspot scoop raised lots of questions with the locals. I had cab drivers pulling over to ask me what that was I was carrying. It raised a lot of looks and questions from the port authorities and tourist police, but I just said it was a sand scoop when asked what it was and when asked what it was used for; I said looking for treasure. That always got a lot of smiles and laughs but I was just thinking to myself, yeah buddy you wouldn't laugh so hard if you have seen the gold I pull out of the sand with this thing.

    I made my way to a beach right next to the port where I was met by a attendant that said I had to pay $3 to go any further past the volley ball net behind Jimmy Buffets Bar. I said sure, but I only had $2 in small bills and by that time they had started asking me about my gear and it started to draw a lot of attention again. Gave the same story and they were almost as excited for me to MD as myself. They let me slide with the $2 instead of breaking a $20 and I hit the surf. LOTS of trash and Iron on this beach, but they attendants assured me that someone looses a piece of gold there almost daily either a chain, charm or ring. My third target I pulled out a SS men's wedding band and thought this is going to be great, but I did not find any more jewelry and no gold there, just some local clad and lots of trash.

    The ship was leaving and I had to go, so I showed the guys what I had found and they showed me some of the gold that they had found by just swimming and fanning the bottom on calm days with clear water. They had maybe 5 gold rings that they had found and certainly did better then me with my MD. Oh well, such is life on to Grand Cayman Island.
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    I did not do any hunting on Grand Cayman although I would have liked to hit 7 mile beach, there just was not the time to make it happen so we set sail at the end of the day for Cozumel Mexico.

    We had signed up for a private island excursion in Cozumel that boasted an all inclusive private beach with drinks and food. I did not get to sample any of the food or drinks because I spent all my time in the water again. I think it was my very first target I pulled out a 14K wedding band and thought to myself this is either going to be good or as when ever I hit something good on the first target that is the last good target I get for the day. Well it was the latter. I pulled out maybe $1 in US coins and a couple hoop earrings. The surf and undertow were brutal and it was hard to recover the targets, plus that was some of the finest and hardest packed sand I have ever ran across.
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    All in all not too bad, I got 4 rings, two of which were 14K about 6-7 grams each.
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  2. #2
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    Psalms 23

    Oct 2007
    Where the grass is blue
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Looks like you did pretty good..
    >IN GOD WE TRUST<

  3. #3
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    Nov 2008
    Maryland
    Garrett CX-II, GTI 2500, Sea hunter, Eagle Eye two box
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    The most I like is the baseball cap,...pirates for hire!! I buy it if you like

    Arch


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  4. #4
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    Success is living like a millionaire when you're not!

    Aug 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI, Ace 250,Excal 1000,PI Dual Field, Sand Shark
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by architecad
    The most I like is the baseball cap,...pirates for hire!! I buy it if you like

    Arch
    That hat has just about been around the world now and so has that metal detector.

    I put up some photos and re-sized the one I did manage to get up.

    I used to read a lot of posts about people asking questions about taking metal detectors on cruise ships. I really did not have any problems at all anywhere even with a huge scoop like the Sunspot and the factory wood handle.

    Thought I would put this up so people would see what you can do with a little can do attitude and a smile.

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  5. #5
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    Dec 2007
    Western, N.C.
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    I would have said,"The heck with the food and drinks" lets go hunt'n! Congrats on the gold!

  6. #6

    Oct 2007
    San Diego
    Fisher F75, Minelab E-Trac, Whites Surf PI Dual Field
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Nice trip and finds! The beach where the guys found gold by just fanning the bottom by hand in shallow water either sounds like a fish story or if true, means that it is a literal gold mine. Someone with a detector would really clean up if that were the case.
    Jim in So. Cal.
    Fisher F75, Minelab E-Trac, Whites Surf PI Dual Field

  7. #7
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    Apr 2006
    a few miles from the ocean
    Tesoro Tiger Shark + Cheap Radio Shack + Whites DF PI + Aquasound
    577
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Thanks for sharing. Answers lots of questions. Nice loot. Not sure how to keep my wife happy with me in the water but it is worth a shot. Ralph

  8. #8
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    Success is living like a millionaire when you're not!

    Aug 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI, Ace 250,Excal 1000,PI Dual Field, Sand Shark
    166
    1 times

    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by petersra
    Thanks for sharing. Answers lots of questions. Nice loot. Not sure how to keep my wife happy with me in the water but it is worth a shot. Ralph
    Glad you found it useful. HH

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  9. #9
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    Sep 2009
    Far, Far Away
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Looks like you had a great time. I went to the Bahama's in 1978 on a treasure hunting trip with Stu Aurbach (now founder/owner of Kellyco). If I'm not mistaken, I think J.W. Fisher was with also. It was a great trip. I vowed to go back someday but never did. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  10. #10
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    Success is living like a millionaire when you're not!

    Aug 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI, Ace 250,Excal 1000,PI Dual Field, Sand Shark
    166
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Da Sand Crab
    Looks like you had a great time. I went to the Bahama's in 1978 on a treasure hunting trip with Stu Aurbach (now founder/owner of Kellyco). If I'm not mistaken, I think J.W. Fisher was with also. It was a great trip. I vowed to go back someday but never did. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Hi Sand Crab, I was in Hawaii last Nov visiting family on Maui and got out several times with Mikey. Picked up a few pieces, but when I was on the #1 producing beach for my local MD guide, I had a heck of a time with the black sand. I had so many false signals it drove me crazy and off to another beach with less black sand. Next time I come back it will be with a different machine.

    The surf break on that beach was so rough I broke my lower shaft in the surf when I got knocked down by a big one.



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  11. #11
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    Sep 2009
    Far, Far Away
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by BareBones
    Quote Originally Posted by Da Sand Crab
    Looks like you had a great time. I went to the Bahama's in 1978 on a treasure hunting trip with Stu Aurbach (now founder/owner of Kellyco). If I'm not mistaken, I think J.W. Fisher was with also. It was a great trip. I vowed to go back someday but never did. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Hi Sand Crab, I was in Hawaii last Nov visiting family on Maui and got out several times with Mikey. Picked up a few pieces, but when I was on the #1 producing beach for my local MD guide, I had a heck of a time with the black sand. I had so many false signals it drove me crazy and off to another beach with less black sand. Next time I come back it will be with a different machine.

    The surf break on that beach was so rough I broke my lower shaft in the surf when I got knocked down by a big one.


    The black sand will drive a P.I. detector crazy. That's when you need an Excal for sure.
    The surf is very un-predictable. there's always a rouge wave waiting to get you when you least expect it.

  12. #12
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    Jul 2007
    Western Massachusetts
    Minelab Excal 1000, Tesoro Silver Umax, Tiger Shark and Whites MXT.
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    That's a good way to enjoy the ports, congrats

  13. #13
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    Dec 2010
    Minelab GT; Sov Elite
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Great finds!

    Thank you for the interesting, informative post, BareBones.

    Lorraine
    Quod facis bene fac

  14. #14
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    May 2007
    Sunny South Florida
    White's Surf PI Pro, White's Dual Field, Garrett Ace 250
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Way to go Buddy, nice finds and terrific pics. Congrats on all the finds.
    FINDING NEEDLES IN HAYSTACKS, IT'S WHAT I DO.

  15. #15
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    Apr 2008
    Springfield, Oregon
    Explorer SE, Pro coil inline probe. Also the Excal II
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    Re: Western Caribbean Cruise Finds

    Excellent story and finds Barebones....
    thanks for sharing it. HH Gold Nuggets
    It's amazing just how much treasure people loose and we manage to find.

 

 
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