Stanley Yacht Services: Bottoms Up!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bottoms Up!

As you know, our services cover a broad spectrum. And, even as we're executing one deliverable, we always take the time to point out to our clients other areas of concern. For example, just because we're waxing your hull doesn't mean we don't notice your bottom ... which brings us to the point of this post:

Does this sea coral tree thingy make my bottom look fat?
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For yacht owners whose vessels spend several months/years in the water, bottom fouling is a serious concern.   In South Florida, for example, if not appropriately and regularly addressed, the inevitable growth of barnacles, sea grass and coral can (and will) have an impact on your vessel's overall performance, fuel economy, integrity and, even, aesthetics. Your boat's bottom is the one thing you don't want to neglect as you'll only end up multiplying your overall maintenance costs, exponentially!

Have you checked the zincs? Because electrolysis can ruin props, running gear and through-hull fittings. Indeed, one bad vessel in the marina can cause electrolysis on the bottoms of other "innocent" boats.
One boat with a full 12 VDC stray current leak will be somewhat protected by the marina grounding system, but it will pass its problem onto its neighbors. Pascoe, p. 341. 
Is there a plastic bag sucked up into your intake or maybe some line wrapped around your prop that you're unaware of? All of these hazards will go undetected unless you are conscientious about checking your bottom. Don't forego a simple $200 bottom cleaning every 6 months (more often in South Florida) only to wind up spending thousands more on repairs and replacement parts. [While you're at it? Don't forget to check those sea strainers at least once a month, especially if you're running the AC!]

What we're trying to say is, if there is one item that needs to be taken care of on your yacht ... it better be the bottom! And, as you know, any questions about boatyards and divers? Just contact us!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!™

Needless to say, we recommend:

Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats by David Pascoe
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