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I am using VC Offshore for the first time and I believe it will be faster if cleaned frequently. Has anyone found a device (extendable scrub brush)that works well for cleaning from the dock?

Has anyone tried the Dri Diver?

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Has anyone tried the Dri Diver?
My guess is that your VC Offshore bottom won't stand up to the Dri Diver for very long.
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I gues you would suggest scrubbibg using a diver. What yould you clean/polish it with?
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I use a REALLY soft brush i found at the walmart auto section for cleaning RVs and DIY it
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I use a REALLY soft brush i found at the walmart auto section for cleaning RVs and DIY it
Using this method, it helps if you attach a 2 or 3 liter plastic bottle to the back of the head of the brush. This causes the brush to want to float and the helps push it against the hull.
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The problem is removing to much paint which is why i do it in the water and even then i rubbed through some spots


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I gues you would suggest scrubbibg using a diver. What yould you clean/polish it with?
Depending on the amount of fouling, try using a piece of carpet or a diaper. And yes, I recommend doing it by hand, in the water. Using a Dri Diver or similar device, you can't control the amount of pressure you are using to clean the hull, not to mention how abrasive the scrub pads that come with the device are. Also, those devices will not clean the keel, running gear, thru-hulls etc.
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I care for 3 boats with VC, all well travelled, serious racers. We supply the diver with extra fine 3M sanding sponges, about 600 grit, and 3M blue sanding pads. We recoat the bottoms between 3 to five years, depending on the condition. But be advised that these are expensive bottoms to maintain. Both boats haul out for detailing before major regattas, otherwise the diver cleans the bottom at least once a week, sometimes twice. The only place I can use a brush is on the waterline and use nothing more aggresive than the blue soft bristle head.
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We supply the diver with extra fine 3M sanding sponges, about 600 grit, and 3M blue sanding pads.
FYI and FWIW, in-water burnishing is probably illegal in your state. It is a definite no-no in mine.
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