Foul bottom. Well, yes, I know, but I am actually I am talking about the Scaffie. She has been in the sea since April and her bottom has attracted a lot of attention. It is befouled with weed, slime, parasites, limpets, and stuff.
Ben and I try to capsize her to get at her bottom. This is reassuringly difficult to do. We manage to fill her with water and Ben sits in her but she will not sink. Yay Scaffie!
We finally manage to overturn her and the full disgrace of her bottom is revealed.
It is warm and cloudy. The sea is very calm. Ben and I spend a delightful couple of hours scrubbing the Scaffie’s bottom.
We use a scraper, wire wool, sponges, face cream etc.
We take the opportunity to fill various holes, divots, scrapes that she has accumulated in the high season.
I don’t know, but I think I would rather clean a boat’s bottom with one of my sons, on a warm day in November than any other activity that the world has to offer.
Bad news from several countries this November.
The matter of anti-fouling is much discussed. Like Botox, hard to stop once started. Some say that Baby oil, or Vaseline is a good compromise.