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safety bottom scraping mask/snorkel?

would it be reasonably safe to scrape the bottom of a boat with anti fouling paint that is still in the water while using mask/snorkel/plastic scraper with respect to getting poisoned?
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Re: safety bottom scraping mask/snorkel?

I clean my bottom that way, and yes, I do wonder how much of that antifouling "cloud" I am absorbing through my skin! I am sure it is not the greatest, but I'm not dead yet! I can't very well expect wildlife to swim near the stuff if I'm not prepared to do it can I? I definitely rinse off afterward though!
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Re: safety bottom scraping mask/snorkel?

Big tip

Get a 8 inch wide stainless steel flexible scraper. Take a file and and round off the corners 1/8th radius is fine.

Bolt it to a 8 foot pole.

I can clean a badly fouled 44 footer in less than an hour using this.

Never felt ill afterwards BUT remove all clothes and have a brisk swim followed by a shower to remove shrimp crabs etc. [Ask me how I know this. ]
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Re: safety bottom scraping mask/snorkel?

Go to Home depot, buy a long handled straight edge edger tool. It looks like a huge paint scraper. Put a lanyard on it so it is harder to lose. Try to do your scraping in shallow water where you can touch bottom to get better leverage.
This tool even allows you to do most of your waterline from your dock.
Also, use a long handled brush when the growth is only algae and not hard.
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