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post #11 of 16 Old 12-06-2011
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I guess because i don't seem to know better or have always been involved in racing BUT i can ever recall over the last 30 years letting the bottom get to the point that a wash cloth could not remove the slime

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If a dirty bottom slows you down what do you think it does to your boat
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things a little slow out that way? At least make your marketing generic enough to work on the right coast.
Since I don't service boats on the East Coast, it would be presumptuous of me to indicate what a cleaning schedule should be for you. The point is; clean your bottom before it gets even moderately dirty to maximize your anti fouling paint's lifespan.

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The most suggested cleaner in our area, is not even a certified diver...I guess you get what you pay for.
A recreational Scuba certification means nothing in the hull cleaning biz and that's not the kind of certification I was referring to.

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And like any good business person, your numbers make the process look great. Are they accurate? Perhaps or perhaps not...
It's your dime pal. I'm just the messenger.
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A recreational Scuba certification means nothing in the hull cleaning biz and that's not the kind of certification I was referring to.
Absolutely right! I have seen some of those guys that clean boat bottoms at the marina for beer money do some serious damage. Just learning to dive will teach you nothing about hull construction. My wife used to own a dive shop years ago and got a call from one boat owner that paid a kid $25 to clean his bottom only to find it sitting on the bottom the next day because of a damaged through hull fitting and needed it raised.

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OMG, how frightening!

I better pay lots of money to a real professional, otherwise my boat will sink!

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Professionals aren't expensive ... beer money kids are. Back when we had a dive shop, we got to know both kinds. The cheapest way to go is to learn to dive and do it yourself. Nobody will take better care of a hull than the owner.
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OMG, how frightening!

I better pay lots of money to a real professional, otherwise my boat will sink!

You laugh and joke and that's fine. Yes, it is unlikely that a hull cleaner could sink an otherwise sound boat. But there is a big difference between a "professional" hull cleaner who takes his job seriously and knows what he is doing as opposed to one who does not. Primarily, a professional understands how anti fouling paints and other hull coatings work and how to properly maintain them. Further, he can explain to the boat owner why he should use a particular paint and not another. He also understands corrosion, what to look for, it's various causes and how to control it. Hiring some kid with a scuba tank and a scrub brush who is expert in neither of these two very important aspects of boat maintenance may not sink your boat, but it could cost you a lot of money.

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