Date: 9 December 2021 Daddy's Bottom
aboard our 40'er, it was my job to keep the bottom of the boat clear
of barnacles, grass, and gunk. This was not a favorite chore. Once I
even tried to "lose" the scraper. That was unsuccessful as my folks
had rather rigid ideas about taking care of tools. Repeated diving
relocated the missing torture device.
This is the
scraper Daddy made out of stainless steel more than a half century
calling a barnacle scraper a Torture Device is a slight exaggeration.
To be perfectly fair about the matter, diving with a mask and fins
to remove bottom
growth is not a whole lot of fun.
to say, I currently hire a young fellow to do the job for me.
Seaweed's underside, including running gear and through-hulls are
cleaned once per month year round. I told you about how great my
diver is in the
To the Boatyard
Check out this fancy bottom,
courtesy of Craig Edwards Dive Services in Gulfport, FL.
Craig's phone number is
727-394-9043 ... without a doubt I have been pleased.
My scraper is sharp. Originally the main edge had been
beveled on both sides. Then I loaned it to a fellow boater who
"helped" me by sharpening it on only one side. The scraper does not
perform as well now.
DO NOT EVER
TAMPER WITH SOMEONE'S TOOLS.
Daddy made this
tool. The scraper
portion is an offset triangle 1/8" (3mm) thick. This allowed me to
get into those nooks and crannies of thru-hull covers to clean them
out. The handle is a leftover from a bow-rail project.
A half-century later I try to do
the same thing: use what I have on hand before looking to purchase
something new. Rather than buy more I am
attempting to utilize what I have at hand. There are of course
this year I purchased a new wall sticker for my cabin. This is what I
I love these fuzzy looking little critters. They are
silly, plus they make me smile.
Yes, gearing up for the
holiday season is in full swing aboard Seaweed. This is my favorite
time of the year.
Though decades old, this gem from
my past still is ready to serve its original purpose.
Many choose to use an ice scraper
(for car windshields) when cleaning the dinghy bottoms.
Mine is hanging from my running light on Algae. It is the blue gizmo
behind my paddle.
Yes that is my Buddy, getting ready to have a hotdog
For fiberglass hulls a plastic
scraper is a good option. There is less likelihood of damaging or
gouging the surface when compared with a hard metal scraper. Many
professional divers do utilize metal scrapers though theirs tend to
be more flexible than my own gem from the past.
Important to know:
Our boat was steel, therefore she could take vigorous scraping using
a tool such as the one Daddy made. For most out here, this could/would damage
your hull. BE CAREFUL.
The steel boat daddy built
Thank you for visiting my world
today. I appreciate that. Happy boating.
Do you hire a diver to clean the bottom of your boat and
how often does he come?
Price per foot, plus what area are you?
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