All hull bottom cleanings are performed completely by hand, with strict adherence to Best Management Practices to ensure the bottom coating has the best chance of reaching its maximum life span. Cleanings can be performed on a recurring schedule, or on a one-time basis. For best results and gentlest cleanings, a recurring schedule of bottom cleanings done every one to two months is recommended. This service includes cleaning of every surface below the waterline, to include: hull bottom, rudder(s), keel, propeller(s), propeller shaft(s), strut(s), and trim tabs, including cleaning-out of strainers, transducers and sensors, and through-hulls.
Prices are based on the type and size of the hull, current age and condition of the bottom coating, and amount of growth established on the bottom. Boats with excessively fouled bottoms and/or poor bottom paint condition will incur higher rates. We offer free in water estimates with the purchase of a hull cleaning service, video inspection will be taken for you to see the condition of your vessel.
Periodic bottom cleanings are important to keep your hull in the best condition possible and to extend the life of the paint. When cleanings are properly done using Best Management Practices, bottom cleaning can actually extend the useful life of the bottom coating, meaning you may be able to haul-out less often.
While the quality of the bottom paint and application of that paint is of vital importance, regular cleanings of a quality bottom will remove growth gently before it has a chance to become established and hamper the paint’s ability to do it’s job, and will continue to keep the bottom tidy even after the paint becomes weak from age.
A cleaner bottom also provides more immediate benefits like greater fuel economy (less growth means less drag in the water,) faster speeds, an attractive appearance, and the peace of mind of knowing that a diver is looking over the bottom regularly, providing you with information on the bottom condition and any problems or issues that might spring up.
Zinc Anode Service
Zinc anodes, and all sacrificial anodes in general, are the only things standing between the metal parts on your boat and permanent damage from corrosion. “Zincs” work because they corrode more easily than the metals that they protect like brass and stainless steel. In theory, as long as enough zinc is connected to your propeller(s), propeller shaft(s), and other metals parts at all times, those parts will be protected from corrosion. In practice, this is almost always true, and zincs are highly effective at preventing corrosion. Of course, they can only do this for as long as they are present and of good size. This is why periodic inspections by a diver are vital.
Not all slips are created equal, one boat can consume a zinc very slowly, while just a couple of slips down, another boat requires more frequent change outs. Many different factors influence the zinc usage of a boat, and many times the powers at work are invisible from the dock. The best advice is not to wait until your next haul-out to check your zincs. Inspecting them every three to six months will ensure uninterrupted protection of your metal parts and money saved down the road with fewer repairs.