Originally Posted by sailorchic34
Of course I need to get the bottom painted sometime real soon now. It's 6 years now since the last haul out
. I'm hoping to haul next spring, assuming the money
fairy pays me a visit sometime.
Have yet to do this to either of my yachts, but then I've only been aboard for a little over 4 years. I go around them in the dinghy
every 6 months with a paint
scraper on a broomstick, it seems to get the worst off. If I were actually on the move nothing much would accumulate under there.
Considering the efficiacy of the new "environmentally friendly" antifouls - which need to be redone annually - it seems to me to be a waste of time and money
anyhow. The only effective ones left have copper in them, which I can't use on a ferro
due to electrolysis
. Maybe for a cruiser it's irrelevant, we're in no hurry and can afford a little hull
I also resent having to pay some yard to haul me out, then gouge me for pressure wash &/or soda blasting services that I don't want, in the name of "environmental protection." This crap came from the ocean, so returning it there can't cause any issues. One yacht is a bilge
keeler that will sit happily upright on a beach, but woe betide me if I pull out a scraper and give it a once over. Careening is a lost
art, and even New Zealand
- which has free tidal cleaning
bays all over the place - has now stopped their use.
Madness I tell you, utter madness.