We’re still getting ready to head to Mazatlán. Yesterday we pulled the dinghy out of the water so we could clean her up and stow her. You’d never know that Lulu did a major bottom cleaning on the dinghy less than 2 months ago.
In spite of some pretty darn good anti-fouling bottom paint, Siempre Sabado was also experiencing a pretty good growth of barnacles and sea slime. This time, however, we opted for the easy way out. We called Clark from Paradise Found Dive Services and let him do the dirty work. I tried to do a link to his Facebook page but, as is usually the case when I attempt anything Facebook, I failed. But, if you know how to handle Facebook, he said that he’s at Facebook/Clark Waters or, you can email him at email@example.com. Anyway, he spent an hour or better scraping and scrubbing.
He also checked the prop zinc and the Frigoboat keel cooler zincs and declared them all OK. He said that, except for the waterline where the bottom paint has come off, the rest of the bottom paint looks good to go for another year or so. Maybe longer if we’d clean it more often. Since the bottom was so crusty, he had to charge me extra but still it was $38 (US) well spent.
And speaking of cleaning, I would NOT want the job of cleaning this panga:
Anyway, little by little we’re getting ready to go. Lulu did a shopping trip today for some odds and ends. We’ll make a couple more beer runs and then top off the water tank on either Saturday or Sunday and then head out to anchor and wait for our window.