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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

As you are discovering, much of what is typically worn in the water by recreational divers simply becomes an encumbrance when cleaning boat bottoms. Leave as much of it ashore as possible. In a 14mm wetsuit, I suspect you are going to have to load up on lead to become neutral in the water, as well. Remember that you are maximumly bouyant near the surface. You need lots more weight for this kind of diving than you would use as a recreational diver.

Also, I recommend wearing a hood whenever doing bottom cleaning. The stuff you are knocking off the hull is not stuff you want in your ears.
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I was a bit curious where i might learn WHAT i am cleaning off the bottoms?
Some of it looked like little jelly fish, others looked like coral.....
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I don't know what you know about anti fouling paints, but here is an informative primer on the subject that I make all my divers read:

http://www.yachtpaint.com/Literature...01_usa_eng.pdf
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I was a bit curious where i might learn WHAT i am cleaning off the bottoms?
Some of it looked like little jelly fish, others looked like coral.....
I'm sure that it was none of the above. Tunicates, sea squirts, algeas, South China Sea Coral Worm and various mollusks are typical fouling organisms found here in California. YMMV.
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I survived my 3rd yacht. Cleaned an identical boat to the bumfuzzles.
Now i know why cleaners wear hoods. I encountered a new critter.
Some sort of boat bottom dwelling shrimp.
I was literately attacked by them. I was covered by 1000's of these little critters, over every inch of the wetsuit, inside my wetsuit, and all over uncovered parts of my body.
They did do a good job of eating off all my scabs. It was interesting to see them all clung to the wound. I had an 8" gash on my leg that is now missing a scab.

Beyond that I had to deal with a very bad current, a ton of chop and shoddy work by the last bottom cleaner. (i found a huge 4" tall cluster of barnacles by the prop) It took me two hours to clean it. Not sure if that is good or not.

It was a great workout.



FSTBTTMS where did you buy those 3M pads and holder? i checked home depot to no avail.
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I don't know what you know about anti fouling paints, but here is an informative primer on the subject that I make all my divers read:

http://www.yachtpaint.com/Literature...01_usa_eng.pdf
Read, but i do not see that type of growth here for some strange reason, seeing new and odd creatures. Some of those i did see.
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I survived my 3rd yacht. Cleaned an identical boat to the bumfuzzles.
Now i know why cleaners wear hoods. I encountered a new critter.
Some sort of boat bottom dwelling shrimp.
I was literately attacked by them. I was covered by 1000's of these little critters, over every inch of the wetsuit...
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I had to deal with... shoddy work by the last bottom cleaner.
No offense, but you've cleaned three boats in your entire life. You don't have the experience to know how fast fouling growth can accumulate on a boat bottom, especially in a high fouling region, especially on a boat that maybe hasn't been given the TLC she needs by her owner. I think if you were to dive that same boat again in a few weeks, you'd be very surprised at what you found. Don't assume that the last guy under that boat did a lousy job.


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...where did you buy those 3M pads and holder? i checked home depot to no avail.
The 3M Doodlebug pads are available at any janitorial supply house, but I get mine from my local chandlery. The holders I make myself.


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No offense, but you've cleaned three boats in your entire life. You don't have the experience to know how fast fouling growth can accumulate on a boat bottom, especially in a high fouling region, especially on a boat that maybe hasn't been given the TLC she needs by her owner.
water temp is 52 degrees, was last cleaned 3 weeks ago. how long at that temp does it take a cluster to grow 4" tall, 3" round?



will check the janitor supply house. will have to make my own holder too i guess Although i will stick to coco, not alcohol.
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water temp is 52 degrees, was last cleaned 3 weeks ago. how long at that temp does it take a cluster to grow 4" tall, 3" round?
You'd be surprised how fast barnacles can grow. Water temperature is just one of many factors affecting fouling rates. It may very well be that the last diver didn't do a good job. But you didn't see the bottom just after it was cleaned so, who knows? The point is, you are making an assumption about another man's livelihood and reputation. An assumption that could be wrong.
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