Bottom job was a good experiance

6/26/2014- Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Every one from the shipyard people to the bottom job people were nice and laughing all the time.

Our boat back at Paradise Village Marina. Showing our new water line.
The stern will squat down a bit during the cruising season as we constantly have the dinghy with the outboard on it hanging off the davits. Also the Air Breeze wind generator will be mounted again as we are working on repairing it. 
We did not choose a boot strip because we wanted the solid paint for easier cleaning while cruising and usually there is gel coat between the boot strip and the bottom paint, plus the extra $$. Now we are a work boat, house boat,and cruising boat not a yacht club boat or a race boat so this is just what we wanted for the type of boat we are.
Old autopilot compass spot, the ring.
This is an older picture of the speed paddle wheel before it was removed and
 the 3/4 inch thru-hull was added. This was before we cleaned up the wiring etc.
Our new 3/4 inch Spectra Watermaker thru-hull with valve.
New 3/4 inch through hull for the Spectra Watermaker
This will make the thru-hull to the Spectra Watermaker run about ten 
feet closer and so it will be easier on the water maker pump.
Jose putting on the screen\scoop over the Spectra Watermaker thu-hull.
Wow, good thing we are not a race boat with all this drag :)
 There were over 100 blisters. Only 15 of them new. The rest were the old blisters that the repairs were coming loose. They did a nice job of scraping and grinding off all the loose paint and blisters etc. Bottom line (pun intended) is we will need to strip the bottom and barrier coat the next bottom job. That will be in at least three years though, remember we clean our our own bottom and can make it last. Our new cleaning tool is a real diaper. We have had the boat over five and a half years and have sailed it thousands of miles and when we bought it it needed a bottom job. We have not sunk because of blisters or lack of paint :)

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