The scariest part of buying a boat is not knowing whats on the bottom. In our case, we bought years worth of barnacles that were almost three feet long, chipped bottom paint and yellow algal stains. Thankfully, a healthy jet of water was enough to knock those stalactite-like barnacles off of their bases to reveal our smooth bottom beneath. Who doesn't love a smooth bottom?
"The cure for anything is saltwater — sweat, tears, or the sea."
- Karen Blixen (Pen Name: Isak Dinesen)
Bottom Repaint 2011
The first time we took Lion's Paw out, was after it had been sitting in water for years. When we first got the boat taken out, it had huge layers of barnacles growing on her bottom. We called it "The Reef" at the time because it literally had trophic levels developing. The rainy weather didn't help much either, but it was worth it in the end.
Bottom Repaint 2015
The second time we fixed up the bottom was certainly easier than the first. After a lot of consideration, we decided to paint the white part of the hull. It was a fulfilling experience to something by hand, what is normally done by machine, and even more, to see it come out just as well. Saving $2000 in expenses for a similar service certainly felt great as well.
Bottom Repaint 2017
The third round with our boat was certainly fastest. By this point Matt and I had become pros with the process. The problem with becoming more familiar with a process is that you become more detailed oriented, and smaller details tend to stick out more. Matt and I spent a good deal of extra time trying to get as close to perfect as possible. Sometimes, it's important to step back and see the big picture. Regardless, the boat has never looked better.