If sailing performance is important you should paint the bottom. But it's not a complicated job and easy to do yourself. The paint is expensive but total cost with rollers, trays, and cleaning products should be about $300 or so for a boat the size of yours. In addition there is the haulout charge and powerwash which most marinas have. So you should be able to save well over $1000 doing the job yourself.
It is also a good time to inspect the through hulls, rudder bearings, cutlass and prop.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Last edited by mitiempo; 02-01-2010 at 05:28 PM.