BARNACLE SEASON (HULL CLEANING)
Back with a vengeance
The fouling we’ve seen this Summer is harder and growing faster than I’ve experienced in 15 years. This is bad news for fuel efficiency and boat performance but there are a few things you can do to help. First know the age and condition of your bottom paint. Most boats where bottom paint is over 1 year old we see bb sized barnacles forming back in as little at 10 days. Boats with paint over two years are growing even faster. Even boats with brand new paint are forming small barnacles in 20 to 30 days this year.
HURRICANE SEASON (PILING RESTORATION)
Takes a toll on your docks
In the aftermath of Irma we should take pride in how strong our community is and how well everyone has come together in order to pick up the pieces. At the time I’m writing this article it has been 5 weeks since the storms and the large debris collection trucks are still diligently out collecting, as are the barges on our beloved St Johns River. We at DS Diving, just last week, finished floating and removing Hazardous Vessels that were sunken and sitting on the bottom as a result of the violent wind, waves, and extremely high water caused by Irma. All of these efforts are an important part of restoring daily life and protecting our environment.
We are now starting to receive the calls from Dock Owners who were left stunned by the sight of their missing docks or docks that resemble the decking of an old wooden roller coaster.