boat detailingUnderwater yacht maintenance typically includes making sure the underneath of the boat is clean. Marine growth can grow on to the underneath of your hull, this diminishes your speed a...
Underwater yacht maintenance typically includes making sure the underneath of the boat is clean. Marine growth can grow on to the underneath of your hull, this diminishes your speed and significantly increases your fuel consumption. As preventative maintenance simply hire a barnacle removal company to have a diver go under your boat to remove any barnacles, inspect the anodes are in order and clean the waterline.
Good boat hull maintenance states you should insure there is a quality coat of bottom paint and dive to clean the bottom roughly every 1-2 months when its the boating season thought this varies based on the water temperature, warmer tropical areas need cleaning more regularly
Barnacles have the greatest impact on your fuel economy. Barnacles will stick to every inch of your boats hull, antifoul paint helps to stop them sticking, but especially on metal areas they will always grow if not cleaned often. The tools used by a professional diver will almost definitely include a painters scraper, the reason for this is that it is ideal for getting under barnacles and removing them with ease, without this they will be extremely stubborn. If the bottom of your boat hasn’t been cleaned for a while, it will most likely look like a forrest, this is all divers nightmare because it takes a huge amount of time to remove everything, particularly if oysters have attached to the bottom as well.
As we talked about previously, the metal parts are the most difficult to clean because it is easier for growth to attach here, in addition these are typically difficult to get to areas, all you need to do though is use a miniature scraper and get what you can. No matter what company you employ to do this job, or if you try to do it yourself, insure that after all the barnacles and growth are cleaned, the water intakes are checked because barnacles can stick up inside these and issues with water flow to your engines, generator or air conditioning has awful results.
Take a quick look at the zincs on the boat, they should be on the transom, drive shafts and rudders. If they are worn out you’ll have to get new ones. Zinc anodes on the boat prevents rusting by oxidizing easier than other metal parts, therefore they’re a sacrificial anode and won’t work if deteriorated! You could need different tools for all the different zincs on your boat, however the ones that need to be replaced more often only use an alan key.
As a final thing use a scrubbing pad to rub the waterline where algae grows, then you are finished, the bottom of your boat is clean and should last for a month or two before you’ll need to do it again!
As cleaning under your boat is not always an option for every boat owner, employing a company is the way forward, if your boat is docked in South Florida, American Yacht Maintenance has a great service.