Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Francisco Bay area
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Re: Clean bottom how much?
$2.25/ft plus $10 labor for each zinc. That's on San Francisco Bay for a narrow 27 footer with really good anti-fouling paint. With good paint, we on SF Bay don't get awful fouling. If I used cheaper paint, I'd expect to pay my diver more.
My 27-footer gets cleaned every 4 months when the paint is new, mostly just to check and replace the zincs. Oh yeah, I almost forgot: he has to scrape the critters of the prop, strut and shaft. That's one nasty job, I fear that probably should be done more frequently if I were really picky. I'm not.... I've got a three blade prop .
When the paint is 18 months old, it's needed every 2-3 months, and at 24 months it's time for new bottom paint.
My diver uses a very soft brush when he inspects the bottom. He's a careful diver. Never broke my transducers, like my previous diver. And keeps me well informed about the condition of my boat.
And, the best part? I don't have to spend a day doing the dirty work myself. Priceless.
The water is 50-65 degrees. Salt. I use Petit Trinidad Pro. The stuff is expensive but the bottom stays clean and the paint pays for itself in the long run.
On my trailerable, I'm going to try Interlux Fiberglass Bottom Kote Aqua. Sometimes I keep it in the water for a month or two at a time. It's a hard paint that stays active even when out of the water. It's not cheap either, but it has a great reputation.
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Last edited by jblumhorst; 01-18-2013 at 01:20 PM.
Reason: fixed errors. Matt knows my boat better than I :D