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Just finished my PADI dive certification. The only dives I can really see doing here in the Chesapeake are to clean my boat. My question is how much would you pay to have your bottom cleaned?
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Going rate around here is about $100. I am also certified and do my own. I will warn you that it can be rather strenuous based on your level of fitness.

In Maine, if you are in a "Clean" marina, you will not be allowed to clean bottoms. You will be forced to work at a mooring for some clients. Not sure about the Chessy though.

I used to do mine skin diving and it took a long day. With scuba you work much faster but at the cost of increased air use. If you plan to do this as a business it may better serve you to use a hookah.

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The going rate locally is $3.00/ft. Those who contract for weekly cleaning get a substantial discount.
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The going rate locally is $3.00/ft. Those who contract for weekly cleaning get a substantial discount.
WEEKLY? I get mine done every 2 months!

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"WEEKLY? I get mine done every 2 months! "
If you can still move the boat with two months of growth on it, you're moored in toxic sludge. Which can be good for keeping down growth. But in clean water, in healty water...example being NYC and the Hudson piers, where a terrible terredo (boring worms) problem developed once the water got cleaned up and critters could live in it again.
In the Northeast, if you can go one month without a cleaning, you're probably not racing. Two months? Make the job hard enough that the diver may charge you extra, compared to the discounted rates for more frequent cleaning.
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I do mine about once a month in the summer(more growth) and every other month in the winter. You might be surprised how much growth will occur in the summer(long daylight hours). This is what we have in So. Cal. it might be less where you are. I think his handle is "Fast Bottom" he is a diver/bottom cleaner in the Bay area very helpful sailor, you might ask him more specific questions.

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Thanks $3.00 per foot sounds great! I was just going to offer cleaning friends boats at my marina. Since there friends I'll charge $5.00. Seriously $2 will work to cover cost I do have a construction company where the big moneys at.
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Typically commercial bottom cleaners would have insurance, and be trained in best practice that helps to minimise pollution caused by cleaning activities. Just food for thought before you start charging for cleaning....
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In Northport a wipe-down with a washcloth is needed every two weeks due to the nitrogen level and NON-COMPLIANT sewer plant making a prefect barnacle lava feeding ground

A fairly light coat of Micron Extra has no problems lasting two seasons (April to October)with TWO full on power-washes at the end of each season as the washcloth is SOFT and so is the slime

IF you get slack and let the larva gain a meaningful foothold your somewhat screwed and will have to get much more aggressive

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Typically commercial bottom cleaners would have insurance, and be trained in best practice that helps to minimise pollution caused by cleaning activities. Just food for thought before you start charging for cleaning....
Thanks for the heads up but I was just going to keep my boat clean and a few friends. I'm not trying to start a new business.
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