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Old 20-10-2009, 13:28   #1
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Question Hire Someone to Clean My Hull? (Still in Water...)

boat is currently at the marina. i have to sail it (79' 30 ft catalina) approximatly 35 miles to get it to the marina where I plan to get it pulled for the season.its been in the water for 2 years now, and thus is the equivalent of trying to sail a wet carpet through water (barnicles, seaweed). sailing those 35 miles will take AGES (80% rivers, so i'll motor) in its current state. should i pay a guy to clean it a month before it gets pulled? is it worth it?he said maybe 100 bucks, but im not sure if thats reasonable :/halp.

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Old 20-10-2009, 13:47   #2
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You may want to get the prop cleaned at the least. If that has not been done in two years, it will improve things greatly.

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Old 20-10-2009, 14:17   #3
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I would think it comes down to which is more important to you at this time? Time or money? If its a nice day and you are in no rush, then no. Otherwise, spend a $100 and pick up 2-3 knots.

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I'm a bit confused as you didn't indicate how long since the last bottom job or if your boat has anti fouling or not. If so, how long since it was painted and how many coats of paint was applied. Good bottom paint can last several years if more than 1 coat was applied. In which case you will have a case of the fuzzies and few barnacles.

In any case the previous advice is a must do. Props get fouled pretty quickly and a 'basket ball' of barnacles makes a poor propeller.
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If the bottom looks like a carpet and you have someone who will do it for 100bucks..... go for it! 35 miles through the river is a long way to go. Do you need to pull it out?
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If the river has any current at all, it'll be a serious struggle. I'd add to the clean prop advice to check the cooling water">engine cooling water intake, strainers, etc cause you are sure to have overheating issues - if it is as bad as you seem to imply, you may want to get the diver service - I doubt that you can get it for $100 though, if you do, it is a great bargain.

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Unless you can see the prop is pretty clean you need it to be cleaned.
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Hi Cruiser! where are you located?
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Hi Cruiser! where are you located?
Quite, if it is somewhere hot I need a holiday so will do it for free if you pick up the airline ticket

If you decide not to scrub you will check the water intake first though won't you,


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