Content • Introduction • Hull Cleaning and Painting • Running Gear • Zinc Changes • Safety
Introduction • No matter what kind of boat you run, power or sail; high speed or slow, boat bottom cleaning is very important to maintain optimum performance. • The boat maintenance will reduce the chances of breakdown which will result in lower repair cost. • Properly maintaining a boat is very essential to smooth running of the ship.
Hull Cleaning and Painting • It’s very important to remove barnacles from the bottom of their boats so they can achieve a smooth sail without using lot of fuel. • If you are heavy user of your boat, you need an ablative paint. • It increases the boat’s resistance against the water so boats have to use more fuel in accelerating.
Running Gear • Be sure to paint the running gear and props rather than using regulator bottom paint. • Use specialized paint just for running gear and prop for long lasting performance. • Experienced boat cleaners, completely remove barnacles and scrap the bottom using a snorkel system, or scuba gear and repaint it if needed.
Zinc Changes • Boat bottom cleaning divers will inspect the boat zinc and if they feel it has to be change. • They can also take some underwater photos of the zincs and shows the condition to the boat owner.
Safety • Don’t go under the boat if conditions are choppy, or if there are nearby boats throwing wakes. • Wear gloves to protect your hands from barnacles and knuckles while boat bottom cleaning process. • While doing boat bottom cleaningprocess consider the above mentioned points.