I had a fouled bottom just before I left, the slip I had planned was knocked out by bad weather
, then the operator went on holiday...
So in desperation I went to Noakes in Sydney. They had been emailing me with all sorts of special offers so I gave them a call.
Ben quoted me a price
that seemed reasonable, they supplied the paint and we supplied the labour.
The working conditions there are great, best we've ever had. It's flat and a short drive to everything. Long walk to the ferry
(30+ min! - do check the timetable) but doable.
We were quoted two days, coming out on the Friday and going back on the Monday. We ended up coming out about midday and going back in about 2:00PM with three days on the invoice. I queried it and they knocked it back to two days - big difference.
They also quoted on taking back unused paint. Bit of hesitation but they stuck to their end of the bargain. Worked out well as I have so many cans of this and that that I'm running out of space. We went with Micron Extra (self polishing!) and Primocon (steel boat!) and so far (4 months) it's good.
The big surprise was, with all the money
I saved over paying to have the boat done I sprung $300 for Propspeed. They did it (it does have to go on and "dry" in dry weather but easy), I just watched.
The boat went from having a maximum of 2250 rpm
with everything clean to getting 2500. No need for a new prop! We averaged
6.5 knots against the East Coast Current
, with 8 knots on the GPS
at times. Made day hops between safe havens along the NSW coast possible.