We put the boat
in the water
August 10, just over 7 weeks ago, after having her hauled up for bottom paint
and a new prop.
After refloating we saw 5.8 knots @ 2500 RPM
Two weeks ago I noticed that we were only getting about 2300 RPM
at WOT and last week when we went out, only 2100 RPM. Naturally I was concerned - I revved the engine
up in neutral and no problem getting 3200 RPM.
I decided that the bottom was fouled and asked the club to pull it and power wash it on monday. This is a nice service
for about US$80. They pulled it on Monday.
The club manager called me and said that it was pretty fouled and that he saved a spot for me to look at. You can see the attached growth in just 7 weeks. what you see is already dried and it was actually up to 3/4 inch thick in barnacles
I am not a happy camper ;-(
I have not paid the entire bill for the bottom paint
and aside from the realtive innefectiveness of the paint
he selected, I can already see primer coat in several spots. This is after he told me he had done 4 coats.
Comments are certainly welcome.