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Is the pint filled with a special bottom cleaning brew?

I love the pad holder idea. Much easier then my plan to hold them myself.
I doubt i will be able to make a plunger in time for next week :P

I see your wearing a dry suit, and weightbelt? You don't use a BC and a wetsuit?


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I see your wearing a dry suit, and weightbelt? You don't use a BC and a wetsuit?
I wear a drysuit when it's cold and a wetsuit when it's warm. This is Northern California, not Florida.

As far as a BC goes, not needing one is one of the many advantages of doing this work with a hookah.
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Not to hijack but I have been curious. How does frequency and duration of day sailing impact hull growth and cleaning need? My guess has been that a rarely sailed hull is more susceptible to growth and that my getting out for 2 hour sails 3x per week helps keep hull clean. Any truth/accuracy to that? Thanks.
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Not to hijack but I have been curious. How does frequency and duration of day sailing impact hull growth and cleaning need? My guess has been that a rarely sailed hull is more susceptible to growth and that my getting out for 2 hour sails 3x per week helps keep hull clean. Any truth/accuracy to that? Thanks.
Using the boat doesn't hurt but in my experience, no daysailed sailboat is used often often enough or goes fast enough to have a very significant effect on fouling growth.
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had a Guy clean my boat when I first bought it,it had been at anchor in Tampa for a year or two.
brought the Guy out in a dinghy he had a dive tank with a long hose left the tank in the cockpit and went to work.
last time I checked bottom cleaning only paid $1-2 a foot here in Florida.
I just use a mask, plastic scrape and a rope off the bow to hang on.then hold my breath. do the shaft zinc same way.
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So i have now done two boat bottoms, with a 3rd scheduled for Friday.

one boat bottom was my own, heavy plant growth on the waterline, just a silt covering other then that.

The second was heavily fouled, with some super hard growth, took me many hours of hard scraping.

I learned a few big things.
First is current. Its a nightmare to try and do it in current. just holding on, is very hard to do.

second, inspect the bottom before you give a price.

third, use the least amount of grit that will get the job done is correct. The hard growth laughed at my stiffest scrubbing pad, so out came the 6" puddy knife.

forth, the wife drops everything in the water. 6" scraper, wire brush, alen keys....

fifth, you need gloves. my hands are so cut up, you would think i am a sword juggler.

sixth, working in a brown out is hard. To see the rudder required it being 2-3" in front of my mask. when under the boat in full sunlight, between two wing keels, i could not see my own hand in front of my face.

seventh, the workout doing this is awesome. No gym for me!


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When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave, Grasshopper.
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When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave, Grasshopper.
around here i can barely see my hand, let alone a pebble in yours.
I will say with my 14MM wetsuit i couldnt even get under the water.... i had to go in top only on my farmer john.


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Umm... they have this new invention. It's called a "weight belt." You might want to look into it.

Seriously, why would you want to fight the bouyancy of your wetsuit? That's just making the job difficult. The object is to be as close to neutral as possible so that you aren't struggling to get (and stay) below the surface.
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I had 26# of weight, and still could not sink. My BC is so heavy i cant even lift it out of te water without help. I will be looking into extended hoses.



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