Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: What's with the slime??
I have the yard apply one top coat of Petit Vivid each year, which costs around $1500. A hull diver charges me $150 to clean her, which I only do once or twice per year. I will bet I would be well ahead of the game by skipping a year and cleaning every 6 weeks. But, I do like that new look of a top coat.
For me, it's a hassle to have her cleaned, as the marina will not allow anyone in the water and I have to use my time aboard to move her for cleaning. I'm not sure if that is for safety reasons or to keep the extra copper from being added to the water from the scrubbing. I think it's the latter.
New England marinas are beginning to be required to install water reclamation systems under boats they power wash upon hauling, but can defer it if they have some mitigating practices. The requirement seems to be fairly subjective, as best i can tell. I will bet that agreeing not to scrub boats in the water is their "settlement", for now. I know of one New England marina that requires all newly painted boats to use environmentally friendly paint. I know of another that will not power wash ashore at all. You must have your hull cleaned in the Bay before hauling.
Once again, it is all environmentalist masterbation. I can move a few hundred yards to a mooring or drop the hook in the Bay and scrub away. Idiots.
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