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Barnacles on the prop and shaft
I had the marina pull my boat out of the water while I was on vacation; I just got back and saw her in the parking lot, all shrinkwrapped and winterized. Good thing, as it's been getting down below freezing here at night.
Two surprises: barnacles on the bottom of the keel, and on the prop and shaft. I'm thinking that the barnacles got a foothold on the keel because a lot of the paint got scraped away when I had to plow along the muddy bottom at dead low tide right next to my dock one day.
But I expected the prop and shaft to be mostly clean. I had them specially painted before launch. I need to remember what was used in the spring (so I don't use it again), but my main concern now is: how do I get the barnacles off? Is this a hand-sanding activity, or can I use a sander? How aggressive can I get? I don't want to scratch or damage the shaft or the prop. And does anyone have any recommendations for paints that work? FYI, I'm in Long Island Sound.