All boats kept in saltwater have some sort of anti-fouling bottom paint to prevent growth of barnacles and other unwanted sealife, and after a couple years or so, the paint loses its anti-fouling properties and needs to be redone. Sea Gem's bottom was last painted 3 years ago, so the time was right for some brand-new, barnacle-killing paint.
We also hadn't had Sea Gem hauled out of the water since we bought her 2-and-half years ago, so we had no idea what horrors we'd find. Giant barnacles? Fiberglass damages? Dented propellers? The process of hauling Sea Gem out (on slings hung from a giant boat-pulling machine called a travel lift) is also nerve-wracking. Sea Gem weighs 32 tons--what if a sling breaks or she slips off?
|Out of the Water|
After our 4-day journey by car, we returned to find Sea Gem with a freshly painted bottom and ready to be returned to the sea.
|Fresh Coat of Paint|