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Cleaning the Hull

Posted on Thu 24 May 2012 in Uncategorized

It is a never ending battle to keep the boat bottom clean. In fact, I think it’s impossible, but we try. You get three kinds of growth. The sea cabbage grows all over the bottom. Its is leafy it is easy to remove by running a wide blade putty knife along the hull. There is a slimy but that seems to prefer the sunny side of the hull along the water line. It only comes off with a fairly aggressive (black) 3M \ Scotchbrite pad. And lastly there are the barnacles. They grow very sparsely along the hull and cluster on anything which is metal and thus not bottom painted, as well as LOVE the overhanging stern section which is always bouncing in and out of the water. On the hull they pop off with the putty knife. On the waterline and metals bits you really have to hack at them to get them off which uses considerable oxygen\energy.

We had been able to keep up with the waterline and the bottom fairly well by snorkeling. The stern is always a bit of a mess though, and the brand new paint on the waterline stripe is now scratched up badly.

The metal bits (deeper in the water) are just too hard to do via snorkel. I can’t hold my breath long enough and without a weight belt, you spend most of your time trying to keep from floating against the boat. Today we borrowed a dive hookah and weight belt from another boat, and man was it awesome. I spent about a half hour in the water and was able to hack all of the barnacles off the prop, shaft and gudgeon. Maybe that 1.5kts of boat speed we were missing will come back!

We use Petite’s Barnacle ban on our metal bits (prop, shaft, gudgeon). It seems to ban nothing, but when I did scrape them clean the grey paint was still there where it didn’t get scrapped off, so I think its doing ok.

Our boat sits perfectly on its waterline in calm water at the dock. But there is RARELY calm water at anchor. This is why people raise their waterlines. Not because they’ve overloaded the boat, but because at anchor your boat is always bouncing around and at all times 4-6 inches of your waterline are bouncing in and out the water. Filter feeders like Barnacles LOVE this! When we redo the bottom paint this next year I am going to look into raising the water line and I’m going to paint the stern overhang completely in bottom paint.

Zincs at Shilshole Bay Marina were replaced every six months. We haven’t been in Marinas much at all since November and the zincs are about 1/2 gone at 9 months. We’ll have the divers replace them when they clean the boat while we’re gone.

After today’s experience I can really see the benefit of a dive hookah. You could even use it for snorkeling in general. Unfortunately, retail dive hookahs cost \$2000 to \$5000 depending on the make and model. Not something that is in my budget right now, but it is possible to build your own for less than \$500 and I think I’m going to start looking into that.

AIS Distress

Posted on Fri 23 March 2012 in Uncategorized


This button is way more badass than the other buttons! AND you are less likely to accidentally flip on the AIS distress alert.

I dedicate this button to CB_Midkiff. GARBANZO!!!

Toe injury #748

Posted on Mon 05 March 2012 in Uncategorized


This toe is a gluten for punishment. No sooner had the last injury from licking the port light healed when I kicked the door. Luckily I had slippers on and only suffered this ugly blood blister.

It's all fun and games till someone loses a toe!

Overlooking Los Arcos

Posted on Wed 29 February 2012 in Uncategorized


We are above PV

New throw pillows

Posted on Thu 16 February 2012 in Uncategorized


Dawn made this lovely cover for our new throw pillows!

Supporters of Mar

Posted on Mon 13 February 2012 in Uncategorized


We are waiting for a beauty pagent to start at the marine amphitheater. The yellow balloon holders are all supporters of a contestant named Mar. We totally stumbled onto this and we ate completely fascinated!

Everyone sleeps on the bus

Posted on Sun 12 February 2012 in Uncategorized


Riding back from a day of walking the beach in the rain at Sayulita. Must return to surf!

Gifts from a foreign land

Posted on Sat 11 February 2012 in Uncategorized


Thank you Ruben for this awesomeness which we are about to receive!!

Rain drops on the V-berth hatch

Posted on Sat 11 February 2012 in Uncategorized


We just had the boat washed. We have two guests in town. I guess that makes us to blame for the first measurable rain we've seen since before Thanksgiving. I think the Museo del Tequilia y del Mariachi is going to get visited today!

We found the local fruit and vegetable market

Posted on Sat 28 January 2012 in Uncategorized


Seems like this is the place where all the mercados and restaurants buy their produce.