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    Funny you should ask. Two weeks ago I dived a...

    Funny you should ask. Two weeks ago I dived a Hallberg Rassy 42 with a four-month-old Cukote bottom. What should have been a quick, easy wipe was an abrasive scrub-fest that took twice long as it...
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    We service the fleet at Modern Sailing in...

    We service the fleet at Modern Sailing in Sausalito and they seem to be doing pretty well. We're back to our regular cleaning schedule on all their boats again and they pay their bills on time.
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    OCSC Going Out Of Business

    Word on the docks is that OCSC in the Berkeley Marina are going under and are looking for a buyer.
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    They've never not been busy, as far as I can...

    They've never not been busy, as far as I can tell. The word I hear is that the rent tripled however.
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    British Marine Closing?

    Word on the dock is that British Marine is closing it's doors forever. Anybody else hear this?
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    Looks like all both of the previously available...

    Looks like all both of the previously available hose bibs in the small remaining dry storage area have been shut off. Gee, it's almost like they don't want people to keep their boats there. ...
  7. We cleaned her every other day for a month and...

    We cleaned her every other day for a month and half while she was here in Alameda, back in the day. Good times... good times...

    https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/923/960ZuZ.jpg
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    I understand that the marina benefits by me...

    I understand that the marina benefits by me taking a container. Another, non-tenant diver is also taking a container and the marina charged him $500 for it. Still a steal. In any event, we are both...
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    Don't Be This Guy

    ​Almost two years since the last hull cleaning.

    https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/640x480q90/922/PvwILb.jpg
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    I have a couple of irons in the fire. I’m trying...

    I have a couple of irons in the fire. I’m trying to stay on the island. To Alameda Marina’s credit, they are letting me take the container if I want it, which I do.
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    I have been an Alameda Marina tenant for the...

    I have been an Alameda Marina tenant for the better part of 30 years. First renting a wet slip for my sailboat, then for a workboat and then leasing inside shop space for my business and when that...
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    Follow up inspection of saildrives: ...

    Follow up inspection of saildrives:

    https://youtu.be/huTcj0NboNM
  13. Fixed-blade Replacement For Martec Folder

    Pulled a Martec 2-blade folder off a customer’s Santana 30/30, as it had thrown a blade. Replacement blades are not available. Will replacing the Martec with a fixed-blade model having the same...
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    Rapid Disintegration of Saildrive Leg

    It didn't look like this three months ago:

    https://youtu.be/88ax4YKe9H0
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    Bump

    Bump
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    There are only two paints I ever recommend-...

    There are only two paints I ever recommend- Pettit Trinidad (hard) and Interlux Micron 66 (ablative.) Anything else runs a distant second at best, IMHO.

    But full disclosure- since I posted this...
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    Pettit Black Widow Video Review

    I am often asked for my opinion of Pettit Black Widow anti fouling paint. Hadn't had much experience with it until this spring/summer. Based on what I found yesterday, I can't say I'd recommend it.
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    Hull Divers For Hire

    If you are a boat owner in need of a dive service or a hull cleaner looking for new clients, I have created a Facebook group designed to put the two of you together. A bulletin board where boaters...
  19. When The Boatyard Doesn't Know How To Put Your Max Prop Back Together

    https://youtu.be/lH7ch0FC8h4
  20. One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

    There is nothing visible below the waterline that indicates this is a boat! :D


    https://youtu.be/eOFx47M9DIg
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    Don't Be Like Jerry

    Jerry didn't believe me when I told him he had an electrical problem aboard. The prop eventually fell off. Don't be like Jerry.




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    You Get What You Pay For

    A new customer asked me to inspect the work her previous dive service had done a week earlier.


    https://youtu.be/mSdRfASiDGc
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    The yard is empty. Otherwise, not much has...

    The yard is empty. Otherwise, not much has changed visually.
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    Bill Engle of Bill's Marine is your man. Not a...

    Bill Engle of Bill's Marine is your man. Not a shadetree mechanic however, so if you're looking to have this done on the cheap, don't bother calling him.

    (510) 708-9391
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