I bought an Ericson 29 in August of 2009, and I am in the process of getting it ready for the summer season. This boat is sitting in a fresh water lake.
What happens if you do not get your bottom painted?
I realize that it will allow algae to easy grow on the bottom and reduce speed and performance, but is that all that will happen?
When I first bought the boat I dove in the water and used a soft brush to remove all of the algae from the bottom. When I was doing this I noticed that some of the bottom paint was coming off in the water. I know that the paint used on the bottom is very toxic. Is it dangerous (due to the toxic paint) to remove algae this way?
I have received quotes from boat yards around Lake Travis in the neighborhood of $2 grand for a bottom job. Does this price sound reasonable for an Ericson 29 applying 2 coats?