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Google it. They exist. Unless all hulls are the same shape, they buff off paint and miss big areas. And the prop needs cleaned.
My prop doesn't need much cleaning... and the drive thru can have a diver to catch the small missed areas... no problem mon

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My prop doesn't need much cleaning... and the drive thru can have a diver to catch the small missed areas... no problem mon
Yeah, except you actually have to take the boat somewhere to have it cleaned. And that's just issue number one.
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Yeah, yeah- you're the old salt who knows more than everybody else about all things nautical because you've been at it so long. Believe me, I get it. I run into your type on the dock all the time

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We have been sitting in this very nutrient rich estuary water, in Richards Bay, S.Africa, for 6 weeks now. Part of the prep for departing in a few days for East London, then onto Cape Town, was to go into this muck water, with 4 inches of visibility, and give the hull a wipe with a large, flat, soft sponge. I worked more by feel. What little I could see and what I could feel, Coppercoat is appearing to be working as it should. There were 3 little barnacles on the hull, at the tight junction where the drive shaft enters the hull. Actually I was happy to see and feel those barnacles as it shows what could have happened if the Coppercoat was a fail on the rest of the hull. The wipe with the sponge took a fraction of the time it would have taken to clean traditional antifouling free of sediments. It appears we are off to a good start.

One reason I hate going into suck muck water, and polluted marina water, is the near certain sinus infection to result. Immediately after finishing the underwater work, I stand on the dock and wash down with dish soap and lots of water. Nearly drowning my sinuses with faucet water, has helped to reduce or prevent a sinus infection. Not this time though. I wonder what the pros do about such health issues after scrubbing a boat bottom in a marina. Fstbttms, do you have any suggestions?
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I wonder what the pros do about such health issues after scrubbing a boat bottom in a marina. Fstbttms, do you have any suggestions?
I wear a full face mask. Water in my sinuses? What's that?

Seriously though, nobody I know in this business has a problem with sinuses, full face mask or no. Ear infections either, although some guys do take precautions against that.
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I wear a full face mask. Water in my sinuses? What's that?

Seriously though, nobody I know in this business has a problem with sinuses, full face mask or no. Ear infections either, although some guys do take precautions against that.
I guess I will have to get a better mask. I will miss my 12 year old mask which has been patched with silicone. It had never leaked too badly but I didn't use antifog (spitting never worked that well) so I had let a little water in to wash away fog and could not keep it out of my nose before purging. Darn.
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I guess I will have to get a better mask. I will miss my 12 year old mask which has been patched with silicone. It had never leaked too badly but I didn't use antifog (spitting never worked that well) so I had let a little water in to wash away fog and could not keep it out of my nose before purging. Darn.
When I started my business 25 years ago and still wearing a standard half-mask to dive in, I was also working nights in the pre-press department of the local newspaper. I spent a lot of time bending over light tables to register photo separations etc. Invariably water would come pouring out of my nose onto the light table. But even though I was obviously getting a lot of marina water in my sinuses, I never got an infection or any other kind of sickness. I suspect the marinas I work in are cleaner than most people give them credit for being.
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When I started my water would come pouring out of my nose onto the light table. But even though I was obviously getting a lot of marina water in my sinuses, I never got an infection or any other kind of sickness. I suspect the marinas I work in are cleaner than most people give them credit for being.
Funny. Yes, I know about faucet nose, and it can suddenly turn on at embarrassing moments. The cesspool marinas we have been at for the past decade are tropical, with water temperatures around 85F (29c) so the soup of microbes would probably be much different than found in the much colder water along the west coast of the U.S..
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