Entries by bob6261

RTO, or Reasonable Time Only Projects

Reasonable Time Only (RTO) is the term I use regarding boats with Fair, Poor, or No Paint condition that we clean on a four week cleaning cycle during the months of May through Oct. We recommend that boats in this condition be put on a two week cleaning cycle, but there are those who for […]

A Bottom Painting Primer

A word about bottom painting. I keep getting questions regarding types of paint and the number of coats required. First of all, if you are told you’re getting two coats, this doesn’t really mean a thing. For example (on a small sailboat of 25′), if you thin out the paint you can put on two […]

Get the 411 on Boat Blisters

For many people, blisters on boats are a mystery. I hope massage helps to answer some of your questions. First of all, there are two types of blisters: Paint and Osmotic. Osmotic blisters are basically caused by water passing through the hull into the fiberglass. Water molecules are very small and can travel through most […]

A Brief & Free Electrolysis Education

The theory of electrolysis states that whenever there are two dissimilar in an electrical solution, i.e., saltwater, a battery is created. For our purpose, we will call it “underwater rust” …even though the term is technically incorrect. The idea of rust brings to mind something falling apart and this is what happens to your boat’s […]

The Ins & Outs of Bottom Cleaning

According to a study done at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, boats that have their bottom cleaned regularly (every 4 weeks min.), need to hauled out less frequently. Over a period of time this is not only less expensive to the boat owner, but is also safer for the environment. Back in the 40’s and 50’s […]