Oh the joy of cleaning a boat's bottom
We are getting ready to move the boat to another marina after staying in one spot since last early-November. We did take the boat out once in January to run the water maker and our speed was much slower thanks to growth. So, today I jumped in the kind of murky water here at Puteri Harbour Marina in Malaysia near the river from Johor Bahru to the Singapore channel.
I put on full wet suit, gloves, mask, weights, snorkel and fins. But, no tank. I decided to do this one free diving. The props had a fair bit of growth, so I started there first. I dive down and scrape, scrape, scrape a few times until I need air and then pop up for a few breaths, repeat.
We have a catamaran, so two of everything. Then, the rudders, the bows, the sides, and finally I checked the bottoms of the keels. Oh my gawd! There was like 6 INCHES of a coral reef growing on the bottoms! It took several dives down to 5 feet to clean each keel bottom. I was actually thinking a morray eel could be living there!
I took a break half-way through this process because I had a bit of a foot cramp. I drank a full glass of iced tea to help hydrate the muscles. The wide paint scraper I used for this job managed to bend a bit, and so it lost its ability to jam through the hard growths. At that point I was 95% done, so I finally quit.
We only have a 2 or 3 hour trip to the marina in Singapore later this week, so the job should be more than adequate to smooth our ride over there.