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Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

I do my own...

I grab a mooring in a clear-er part of Narragansett Bay (usually Potter's Cove), grab my mask, snorkle, fins, scrub brush, and a suction cup and go at it. It takes me about an hour to clean my O'day 35 (including the keel).

Stray current is less of a danger in salt water than it is in fresh. Better to grab a mooring, or drop anchor, somewhere and not worry about it at all.


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Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

I'm a diver so there was never a question about whether I'd clean my boat bottom and change the zincs. That said, it's not easy and anyone who can do a 36' boat in an hour on snorkel seems a bit out of the norm. It takes me 35-45 min to scrub my 38-footer, but I am also typically upside down the whole time and in cold water with about 6 inches of viz, which would be pretty disorienting for some. If you have clear, warm water, then scrubbing the bottom on snorkel is the best advice, and it would build up aerobic capacity, which is otherwise hard to do on a boat. Whether you scrub your boat on scuba/hookah or snorkel, get a large suction cup to help keep you in place. This will reduce the overall amount of effort resulting in less air consumption.
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Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

Of course we have to clean our bottom! We were stupid enough to put Sea Hawk antifouling paint on our boat!
Unfortunately, or actually fortunately for us since we do at anchor, we need not worry about electricity in the water, so I can't be of any help on that front. We use a Deck Snorkel and that makes it pretty easy.
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Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

Do I dive to clean my own bottom? No! I use TP and if that doesn't do the trick a shower usually does nicely.

:-D somebody had to go there...:-D

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What's a deck snorkel?
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Do I dive to clean my own bottom? No! I use TP and if that doesn't do the trick a shower usually does nicely.

:-D somebody had to go there...:-D

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Re: Anyone dive to clean their own bottom?

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As a big DIY type, I'd rather learn how its done than just pay someone to do it.
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My concern is stray voltage in the marina. It is a salt water marina, with no leakage problems that I am aware of. Is stray voltage even something to worry about? Any suggestions for reading how to, or safety precautions are appreciated.
Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is pretty much unheard of in saltwater. I have been cleaning boat bottoms in saltwater marinas for 21 years here in the Bay Area and in that time, well over 1,000,000 in-water hull cleaning events have taken place here. To my certain knowledge, not one of those events has resulted in a hull cleaner being killed or injured due to electric shock. I'd say that's a pretty good indication that in-water hull cleaning is not inherently dangerous.

That said, it's never a bad idea to unplug the boat you're working under from the shorepower. You only have to get electrocuted once to ruin your day.
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The secret is I have an 8 inch wide flexible stainless steel scraper mounted on an 8 foot pole.
Otherwise known as a "Worst Management Practice." Not only is it bad for the paint, it doesn't actually "clean" the bottom. Remove 3-dimensional growth? Maybe. Leave a clean paint surface? No.

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If you use a brush or a green scrubber pad you will remove lots of ablative antifouling as evidenced by the colored clouds in the water.
Then don't use a brush or green scrubber. Use a white scrubber or a piece of carpet. And if you can't clean your hull with anything less abrasive than a scraper or a brush, you have waited too long to clean it. It ain't rocket science.
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