Hull Cleaning & Underwater Maintenance
When your boat stays docked in a slip or private dock, fouling begins accumulating the minute your boat is in the water. In addition, the algae in our lakes is the biggest culprit that grows through the vessel’s gelcoat, creating blisters in the fiberglass which allows water into the hull’s core. Especially on some vessels like sailboats that have different metals in the keel… some do develop hard growth from the metal leaching. As this marine growth accumulates, your boat will lose about 1-3 knots speed; On a sailboat that is a significant loss. For motor vessels it can easily take 3-5 knots off your top speed. Fouling creates drag, increasing the time it takes to get ‘on plane’ and inefficient fuel burning. Needless to say, antifouling is a much needed service. Hull inspection/maintenance is recommended on a monthly basis. Left unchecked, fouling can damage the gelcoat finish on your boat and reduce its overall value. From the waterline down, cleaning any size boat in the water.
Hull cleaning service includes: cleaning the hull from the waterline to the bottom of the keel, rudders, props, shafts, trim-tabs and all other running gear, thru-hulls and transducers. Hull cleaning invoices include a detailed report describing the condition of the anti fouling paint, running gear, anodes, thru-hulls and transducers, etc.
Regular cleaning and scheduled underwater maintenance like defouling and anode replacement will protect your boat’s hull, gelcoat finish, and the more noble metals on your vessel from galvanizing corrosion, and other naturally occurring environmental damage.