Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mandeville, LA
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The method Gui proposes works well and it does clean the keel. In fact, there's a commercial product that does the same thing (EZ Diver, or something).
The negative is that it takes two people and is a bit cumbersome. I like the Dri Diver because I can do it myself or, if we're prepping the boat to race, hand it off to a newbie crew who may not know how to rig the boat.
As for the keel issue - for me the keel does not accumulate growth nearly as quickly as hull nearer the waterline and along the rudder. I can clean my transom hung rudder with the deck brush and the rest of the hull with the Dri Diver. For the keel, it takes getting in the water, but a scrub every six weeks or so keeps it pretty slick. I can clean my keel by free diving.
Gui's Penguin paint may be a good paint. I've seen videos of Penguins and it looks like they move through the water very well. I had no idea Gui painted them though... Seriously - bottom paint behaves differently in different regions, so I'll say again, go with what the majority of the successful racers in your area are using.
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