Barnacles.

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  1. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Pulled boat yesterday to have leaking outdrive seal fixed. Found out why my depth guage only works when sitting. The transducer, trim tabs, outdrive hoses, totally covered in barnacles. Was going to remove drain plug, so encrusted I couldn’t get a wrench on it. Lady at the marina I took boat to said they are very bad this year, not just me, everyone having barnacle issues. Never seen it this bad. You’d think the boat sat in water for years. Will post pics tomorrow before I scrape them off.
    They were pulling boats today, power washing, that barnacle smell was all over the boat yard.
    It’s like skunk, a smell you never forget.
     
  2. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Everything environment wise is "bad" this year at my marina I am told. Birds, spiders, growth in the water, dirty boat bottoms, etc. It's my first season there so I can't comment other than, it's bad.

    Must be the climate change/warming stuff...
     
  3. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    I was pleasantly surprised my bottom paint and outdrive paint in excellent condition. Come fall I will need a smidgeon of a quart to touch up a couple of spots. None this year on the outdrive.
    I did paint trim tabs and they are bad, not sure why. May have to get that special transducer paint. Never had to paint it before but it’s bad.
     
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  4. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    Taxachusetts
    Former 2004 300DA
    Sundolphin 9-foot Tender
    9.9hp Mercury OB
    Growth is insane this year.

    I put the dink in the water the other day at 11AM, went to the marina bar for lunch, came back at Noon and there was already growth on the bottom :eek:

    I do have bottom paint on the 300 including the drives and tabs but I'm not looking forward to seeing what that looks like :mad:
     
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  5. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
  6. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Thanks Sky. Cant get in time for this dunk. Will for sure get before spring launch.
     
  7. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    PL, the Bay this year has been bad from top to bottom. Growth on mine has been limited to trim and running gear. If it stays like this I will do a quick pull and clean her up for Winter
     
  8. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    The barnacles seem bad every year for the past few years. I’m glad I have a trailer boat.

    Has anyone noticed the insane number of jellyfish in the middle bay? They are so thick that you can’t put a line in without it coming out covered in jellyfish snot. I did find some Spanish mackerel breaking along the western shore, south of Chesapeake beach before breezy point, so there was that.
     
  9. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    We are just now getting shrimp, large enough to eat. Jellyfish are showing around Fort Eustis. The lack of a good long rain is bringing the salt levels up. It happens very long dry spell on the James
     
  10. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    What can I use to get off barnacles in the nooks and crannies of outdrive?
    Got tabs and flat surfaces with scraper. A brass brush with wooden handle is too bulky to fit.
     
  11. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
    A screw driver (flat blade) or pick set. Then possibly wire bush to clean up.
     
  12. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
  13. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Come spring but first I need to clean up this mess. I have never seen barnacles like this. And to top it. While doing this morning, the flies were all over me. All the barnacles scraped off drew them… well… like flies.
     
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  14. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Dental pics are good, I keep a couple in my toolbox. Putty knives as well.
     
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  15. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    dental pics, i like, Amazon?
     
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  16. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    So I found a tool worked great in my son’s toolbox. I’m sure it has an automotive use but it’s the size of a screwdriver with a curved forked tip could be used for prying nails out of wood. Worked great for getting barnacles out of tight spots.
    I cleaned it up pretty good, took about 2 hours. It’s not pretty but I got about 98% of them off. Very windy so I didn’t have to deal with flies.
    Don’t say you weren’t told or be surprised at haulout. Bad this year.
     
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  17. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    That is a tool to remove automotive panels held in place by the christmas tree studs. They do work great as a scraper in many situations.
     
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  18. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    Has anyone taken water temperatures and compared to past years? I assume they are elevated everywhere. We used to get barnacle plumes that would inundate our running gear when I kept my boat up in Suisun City which is 10 miles up a slough. Not that I am on the strait between the delta and the bay it has not been nearly as bad.
     
  19. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    That’s it! For sure.
     
  20. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
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