Originally Posted by fstbttms
Yes, I've read this little nugget from you before. Quite humorous. What I'd like to know is; who is keeping track of how many boats per day are being cleaned by each of the many, many hundreds of hull cleaners througout California? I've been at this for 21 years, and you are the only person I've ever run across, claiming to hold some kind of hull cleaning "record."
There are pros and cons to each type of paint. Properly maintained, a quality ablative paint will provide several years of good anti fouling
My ex boss ED tells me that he has not heard of more than 23 and you know how closely knit a family
the divers are .I can only go by what he has told me.What is your best tally for the day? Mine was a 12.5 hour day .Do you know of any better number done?
Oh my other record here in South Africa
from when I was a lobster and abalone(Haliotis Midae) poacher was an abalone of 3.54 kg and a shell at it's widest point of 23.3 cm(just over 9 inches).I claim it as a record as nobody has shown me a bigger one !! Oh my other record was helping(helmsman) to catch bluefin tuna in Fish
Hoek Bay in the 60's when I was 15/16 .We hooked and landed two ,took the IGFA all Africa
record for 1965 with a fish
of 600 lbs from an 18 foot ski boat .The record was to do with the size of boat too .I heard it was the smallest boat recorded as having landed such a fish at the time.I grew up in Kalk Bay a small fishing
village where I started fishing
from the harbor and later at 14 had a 12 ft wooden oak dinghy
that I would row out into the bay .I moored it there illegally and was always evading the harbor master in some way.The fishing and skin diving
was astounding with my best catch of speared fish being 34 in around 2 hours of diving
in a Jersey and jeans among the great whites.I was nearly eaten one day by a 12 footer while diving abs on the inside of the harbor .Never did encounter one in all my years of diving in the open water .Looking back now I realise how lucky I was not to have ended up as shark ***** .I think that was my biggest fear being reduced to that in a few days. This beautiful boy turned into a load of crap.Thank God it did not happen .There have been around 5 fatalities of late in the area and 3 people losing their limbs.One surfer boy of 16 lost
a leg and it washed up 40 km away on the other side of the bay still floated by the remaining wetsuit.The boy was deceased on arrival at hospital but they cooled his brain down and worked tirelessly and 30 mins later he showed signs of life and today is still surfing .That was a miracle!!Another guy was told by the shark spotters (there are lookouts dotted around parts
of the bay)that he should not enter the water as a Great white shark had been sighted .He ignored the warning and 5 mins later he wished he hadn't and was assisted screaming from the water minus a leg and another severely injured.I saw him recently and said "You must be the shark man "He looked sheepish and said "yeah how do you know? I do have a name "I said to him that he is now quite famous .He was NOT amused!! Very embarrassing to have to admit to being an idiot I suppose.If anybody wants to see the remains of great white meals
one can go online and google
it.Both spearo's and surfers as well as paddle skiers have been attacked and one of the strangest things I have heard is great whites do not eat people .If you could ask those who have been eaten I bet they would beg to differ.Dawid Bornman was attacked while surfing and died on the beach after massive injuries .He was the son of a Doctor.About two years ago another surfer was attacked and died and he too was the son of a Doctor .One was a surgeon and the other an anaethsetist .How strange is that .The likelihood of that happening must have huge odds against it.Anyway enough of my ramblings now it is time for supper down here at the tip of Africa
.Sadly not on the sea but at least it is only 800 yards away!!I would love to be out there though.But I do not have a boat anymore so if anyone needs a crewman of 66 still fit for a circumnavigation
please do let me know before it is too late.