Originally Posted by fstbttms
Mark, it sounds to me like jaxfishgyd probably got burned by an unscrupulous diver in the past and and has had a hard-on for hull cleaners ever since. It's not an uncommon story and one I've heard many times. We all know that there are a lot of flakes in the marine maintenance business and because, for the most part, a hull cleaner's work cannot be seen or inspected, there are more than a few of those in this line of work. Unfortunately, some boat owners tend to paint
all hull cleaners with the same brush.
I know of someone who carefully nurtured his image as "the one who would watch out for her boat" to a single
woman, and faithfully cleaned her bottom for her every month -- to 18" below the water
, after which point one could not see the junk he left in the murky water
Someone else bought the boat, and within the year had to replace the original salt-water cooled Yanmar engine
. And I think I know what happened, because I had the same experience with a very similar boat (both Hunters). My boat's original engine
was killed by lack of zincs. I had the engine replaced and SHOULD have had the sea strainer replaced, but it hadn't dawned on me that the original was bronze and very vulnerable to lack of zincs -- until I went to open it one morning and pieces broke off in my hand. It was not only pink all the way through but POROUS.
I consider the best money
I spend on this boat having someone very reliable clean the bottom every month. He checks everything down there -- through holes, salt water
-- zincs. That's hard work, to clean a bottom well. It's easy for someone with less than admirable ethics to rationalize a shoddy job.