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- Your Vessel Info: 1974 42' traditional junk-rigged scow. Built by a local shipwright to be his home. He lived aboard for 30 years. Now I am restoring the boat while living aboard with my spouse and dog.
Can I skip renewing my antifoul bottom paint if I dive down and scrape the bottom regularly?
The details: Hull Material: fiberglass wrapped wooden flat-bottomed hull (plywood bottom, pine planked sides)
Use: salt-water liveaboard at mooring, dockside during Cape Cod winter. Occasional daysails or overnights in summer. Never over 5kts.
Condition: The current bottom paint is 3 years old, totally exhausted, yet I've had little trouble scraping the hull clean often enough to prevent much growth. Or at least as much as is acceptable for my use of the boat. There is hard bottom paint beneath the antifoul. So what am I missing? Will Teredo worms eat through the fiberglass into the wood if I dont keep up the antifoul? I am totally fine with having to dive on my hull everytime I want to take the boat out.
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43' Hatteras CPMY
M/V "No Dial Tone"
Fernandina Beach, Fl
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- Your Vessel Info: Morgan Out Island 41
- Location: Lived Aboard 45 Years,- now on a chair in my walk-in closet!
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.....'but then the choice all depends upon whether your boat is a "consumable" that may not be expected to last another thirty years.
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