Originally Posted by Nomad Willy
Bob you say you're from Eatonville. Very few people will know where that is. Indicating what state or country Eatonville is in frequently is helpful while posting and shouldn't be a security risk to anyone. The content of our posts is frequently relevant to where one lives.
Eatonville, named after the Van Eaton family if I recall. Small town in rural western WA in the shadow of Mt Rainier.
Tidal grids are great Bob but they are getting harder to find. I am still upset that my Yacht Club decided to let their tidal grid deteriorate. I think it was largely for two reasons. EPA regs that prohibited bottom work such as sanding, painting, cleaning ect... and concerns about liability.
A tidal grid would be great for small things such as zinc replacement and inspection. As was pointed out, you do have to be careful. But if we could do it with sailboats with fin keels, a trawler hull should be a piece of cake. The trick is finding one.
If you just want your zincs inspeccted etc... I would recommend a dive service. It isn't all that expensive and they will clean your hull, inspect and replace your zincs, and you don't have to haul your boat to do it. I have a diver clean my hull every 3 months.