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These questions are meant to educate and inform you about the care and maintenance of your boat or what to do in a predicament.
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What are zincs and why are they important?
How often should I have my hull cleaned?
Why should I have a clean hull?
I dropped my phone in the water, is it gone forever?
I have a net tangled in my propeller. What should I do?
I just had my boat cleaned. Why is there growth already?
The accepted way to stop galvanic corrosion is to attach a piece of metal called a sacrificial anode, and most often it is a zinc alloy. In reality, most of us refer to sacrificial anodes only as zincs. By using zinc anodes on your boat you will protect it very drastically. The anode will be used to intentionally corrode away sooner than your other boat’s metal gear does.
We highly encourage your boat’s hull to be properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Every boat is unique and a lot of factors contribute to the frequency that your boat should be cleaned. After your initial cleaning, we recommend scheduling a follow up cleaning within 2 months. After the second cleaning, we will assess the growth and be able to properly gauge the recurrence that your boat requires cleaning based on the accumulation of algae and barnacles for the season. We also offer a cheaper cleaning rate for our regular customers.
Having a clean, slick hull increases your fuel efficiency, allows a higher maximum speed, extends the length of time between bottom paintings, and is preventive maintenance on your investment. Having your hull cleaned regularly helps to identify and repair any minor damage to the hull before it becomes too serious and costly to repair.
Not at all. We have experience in locating phones, keys, and wallets underwater; and on one occassion a customer received a call as soon as the phone breached the water! Be sure to ask about our recommended key chain device, the Water Buoy
Quite simply, stop turning the prop. Most people think by continuing they can get it to break off or they put the boat in reverse thinking it will come unwrapped. Wrong. It will become more entangled and/or do more damage costing thousands of dollars. You can damage the prop, shaft, cutlass bearing, strut, hull or the rudder. You risk locking up the engine, damaging the transmission or motor mounts. I have seen it happen many times and it’s not worth it.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the speed and type of growth you may experience on your boat. Some of these include the quality, color, and application of the boat’s bottom paint; the amount of exposure to light (more light=more algae, less light=more barnacles); outside temperature; and even the depth of water in the boat slip. In very warm temperatures, it’s not uncommon to see some growth within the first week after a cleaning.