Originally Posted by dkasprzak
This past weekend did a quick haul and pressure wash on the bottom and had new zinc anodes installed. While watching the work began to wonder what most others do. Quick haul and pressure wash or diver who scrubs the hull and why?
As others have noted, it depends on your own location and situation.
I'm in the PNW so am sitting in cold water year round. I have a diver clean the bottom and inspect/replace anodes every 3 months.
I have had the boat hauled twice times in the 2 1/2 years that I've owned it. Once was to replace the engine, and the second was to do some minor repair work on the swim step. Those two times were within a few months of each other and I paid the yard to do a pressure wash on the first one.
Paint seems to last a very long time here. I bought my Sailboat used from CoCal in 2010. It was 5 years old at the time and I don't recall if/when it had been repainted. In the 7 years that I owned it, I never needed to have the bottom repainted.
I also don't recall when the PO painted the bottom of my current boat so far it is still in great shape. I will only paint when necessary. It appears that it isn't necessary very often up here.