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Pat Anderson



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
Posts: 8364
City/Region: Birch Bay, WA
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Daydream
Photos: Daydream and Crabby Lou
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:03 pm    Post subject: Pulled Daydream Out of Blaine Marina Reply with quote

We thought we would put Daydream in the Blaine Marina for the season last May, and we just pulled her out two days ago. We thought it would be really convenient not to have to launch and retrieve at the boat ramp every time, but it didn't turn out how we had hoped.

Our slip was way too narrow with another boat only a couple of feet away, and the fairway was very narrow as well. The wind was always blowing in the marina. Long and short of it, it was not a good experience. We did not go out nearly as much as we had hoped. To add insult to injury, there was all kinds of stuff growing on the boat from its time in the water. I SaltAway'ed it today, and will pressure wash tomorrow!

Now just hoping the guides I ordered from Pacific Trailer months ago arrive before NEXT boating season!

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johnr



Joined: 08 Apr 2007
Posts: 219
City/Region: Bellingham
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Stillwater
Photos: Surf Scoter
PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I note that most of the 25 foot C-Dorys in Squalicum Marina, a few miles south of you, are in the 30 foot slips, not the 26 foot slips. There's a lot more room between boats and the fairways are much wider.

Does your boat have bottom paint? I've found the bottom paint is not all the effective at keeping algae from growing on the below-waterline sides of the boat (easily remedied with a scrub brush), but I've not encountered any issues with "stuff" growing on the bottom. If you don't have bottom paint, well, you've made a lot of barnacles very happy.
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JamesTXSD



Joined: 01 Mar 2005
Posts: 7335
City/Region: Tropical Tip of Texas
State or Province: TX
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: "Wild Blue" (sold 9/14)
Photos: Wild Blue
PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh... waiting until the next day may have made your work even harder. The slime that collects on the bottom seems to turn to a concrete-like substance as it dries. If you have bottom paint, it generally comes off pretty easy; seems like the slime can't get a grip on the gelcoat. Same with barnacles - with bottom paint, you can usually "flick" them off, without bottom paint, you will be doing some serious scraping.

Having had Wild Blue in the Gulf waters, the warm water makes the growth happen fast. We did spend 3 summers living on her in Friday Harbor, and even with regular outings, there was work to be done when she came out of the water... but that was pressure washing in a sling immediately after pulling her out.

Good luck with the process.
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smckean (Tosca)



Joined: 18 Jan 2014
Posts: 805
City/Region: Guemes Island (Anacortes)
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Tosca
Photos: Tosca
PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A data point.......

I leave my boat on a mooring ball for weeks at a time here in the cooler climate of the Pacific NW. I do not have bottom paint. I find that if I pull the boat every 3 weeks and pressure wash the bottom (as well as trim tabs, engine, etc) all is well. I can push that to 4 weeks if I must. But if I go beyond that, the barnacles seem to get a foothold. In 3-4 weeks they pressure wash off relatively easily...after that, not so much.

Also, to handle the "slime....turns to a concrete-like substance" problem, I force myself to quickly wash down the worse of the slime with a regular hose on the very day I pull the boat (this is not necessary on the very bottom of the boat since the slime is minimal where the sunlight never shines). Then I can wait a day or two to pressure wash. But as the poster indicates, the sooner the better.

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bshillam



Joined: 21 Aug 2007
Posts: 728
City/Region: Bellingham
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 1981
Vessel Name: Heaven To Me
Photos: My Heaven
PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use to keep my Tolly at Scalicum harbor. Loved that marina. Though you'll always want to plan on high winds. I always was and learned a great lesson be prepared on both sides of the boat with fenders and line ready. I'd be there in a heartbeat if possible.
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Pat Anderson



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
Posts: 8364
City/Region: Birch Bay, WA
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Daydream
Photos: Daydream and Crabby Lou
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer the question, yes, we did have bottom paint, we had it done in 2016 at Bitterend Boat Works at Hilton Harbor. It is, as it is supposed to, wearing thin now with quite a few spots where the fiberglass is showing through. Turns out that we really did not need it on the Loop because we were moving almost every day, but it did its job in Blaine Marina!

Yesterday I pressure washed Daydream's hull. LOVE that pressure washer. Almost everything came off, and it looks great. SaltAway and pressure washer, what a great combo to keep things looking good! We have some scrapes and scratches that we might or might not take to our fiberglass guy, probably will when we get back from Arizona in mid-April next year.
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johnr



Joined: 08 Apr 2007
Posts: 219
City/Region: Bellingham
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Stillwater
Photos: Surf Scoter
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five years is probably pushing it for bottom paint. I re-apply every two years. I'm glad everything came off easily.
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