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Forum: Off Topic Forum 29-07-2014, 10:13
Replies: 23
Views: 838
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Underwater Lights

Having earned my living cleaning boat bottoms for twenty years in San Francisco Bay, I can tell you that the water in Bay Area marinas gets much warmer than the low 60s. In fact, I measured it at 70...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 29-07-2014, 07:23
Replies: 23
Views: 838
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Underwater Lights

From another thread:
Forum: Marine Electronics 29-07-2014, 07:13
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Underwater LED Lighting

Or you could wear a twenty dollar headlamp and not have to drill holes in your boat. :thumb:
Forum: Off Topic Forum 29-07-2014, 07:10
Replies: 23
Views: 838
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Underwater Lights

Yes, but how many people are willing to get into the water clean their lights every few weeks (which is the frequency that would be needed in the Bay Area, where the OP is) or pay someone to do it?...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 29-07-2014, 04:18
Replies: 23
Views: 838
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Underwater Lights

Lights mounted below the waterline will quickly become the worst fouled spots on the hull. Just sayin'.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 12-07-2014, 17:53
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boarding a dinghy from the water.

Skip ahead to the 9:00 minute mark. I climb into my inflatable from the water 6 or 8 times a day. Wearing fins is the key.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgPmXg1-o5g
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-07-2014, 17:32
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Coppercoat Application

Yeah, with what you spent on that stuff, I wouldn't want anybody raining on my parade either. But good luck with it. Hope it works out for you.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-07-2014, 16:46
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Coppercoat Application

Don't get me started. :rolleyes:
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 01-07-2014, 07:50
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Zinc went bad in 15 days

Bare wires bleeding 12vdc into a wet bilge can destroy big metal parts in a hurry.

This ocurred in a matter of weeks. Despite resolving the problem (broken insulation on a bilge pump wire) the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 12:25
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

The $100/hour rate is pretty standard in the hull cleaning biz, but charging for half a day on a job like this is not. Maybe this guy already makes too much money. :p
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 12:02
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

BTW- the only problem with your first attempt was you left out the last bracket on the end of the code string.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 11:51
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

Well, based on that pic, I have to admit $400 is a bit outrageous. Looks like a garden variety scrape 'n scrub to me. I probably would've quoted you $5/foot, personally. But again, prices vary. Maybe...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 09:15
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

You're right, it typically doesn't take an experienced hull cleaner hours to do most boats. I usually figure about a minute a foot. Extremely foul hulls and running gear will add time to that, but...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 08:26
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

You have to use an image hosting web site. Pick one, upload your pix to it and it will give you the code that you can then cut and paste here. Then your pix will show up. I, for one, am very...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 01:32
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

Haulouts in the Bay Area run about $12/foot. Compared that to what your friendly neighborhood hull diver charges.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-06-2014, 01:12
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

No offense but the hull cleaner is not in business so that you can get a cheap price on long-neglected maintenance. You clearly should have hauled for paint long ago and failing that, at least should...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-06-2014, 14:04
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/suctioncup.jpg

:whistling:
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-06-2014, 14:00
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

Tell me about it.

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/bugsondrysuit3.jpg

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Hull-cleaning/bugs.jpg
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-06-2014, 12:05
Replies: 87
Views: 4,137
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Boat Diver Question?

It's not like they are poisonous or anything. But they can give a painful little nip to bare skin and I certainly wouldn't want them getting into my ears.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 25-06-2014, 07:30
Replies: 197
Views: 106,480
Posted By fstbttms
Re: What Is the Best Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbttms/Emoticons/thatsagoodone.jpg
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 25-06-2014, 05:37
Replies: 41
Views: 2,074
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Folding vs feathering props

Gotch. You've got one of the earliest models.
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 24-06-2014, 19:40
Replies: 41
Views: 2,074
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Folding vs feathering props

Why would you lubricate the prop before assembly was complete? Lubrication is the very last thing that should be done before the boat is splashed.
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 24-06-2014, 18:01
Replies: 41
Views: 2,074
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Folding vs feathering props

I am not suggesting that the average boat owner attempt this underwater. I have heard anecdotally of it being done, but it really is a job best left to an experienced diver. Not for the faint of...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 24-06-2014, 17:01
Replies: 41
Views: 2,074
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Folding vs feathering props

I'm sure he is (in fact, I installed an "Easy" on a Island Packet 380 yesterday.) However, he inferred that the Easy is the only Max Prop that can be adjusted underwater. Discounting all the other...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 24-06-2014, 11:30
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By fstbttms
Re: Best type of Prop Puller

In this kind of work we do not wear any BCDs. With the neoprene drysuit (which I wear typically from about Thanksgiving into March, here in the Bay Area) I will bleed all the air out once in the...
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