Sunday, February 26, 2023

May 5-6, 2022 Snorkel north end of Alabaster Bay and cleaning the hull

 5-5 Thursday  We snorkeled the rocks and small islands off the south end of the bay today.  No luck spearfishing.  We went to the beach to enjoy the lunch we had packed.  It’s such a beautiful beach!  And of course we had to have a Mexican dinner for Cinco de Mayo.

5-6 Friday. The water is so clear here that we decided to clean the bottom of the boat.  We started to get a soft carpet of growth on the hull with a few barnacles.  This is the first time in many years that we have had to clean the bottom because of the Bahamian paint that we use.  Dave greased the prop then began on the bottom with our “hookah” system, an air compressor with hoses for air similar to scuba diving, but attached to the boat.  I worked along the water line using  a suction handle that I moved along as I cleaned.  There was some wave action coming into the bay that made the water a little rough.  We only had about 1/2 the boat cleaned before Dave felt dizzy from being upside down under the boat.  The wave action didn’t help.  I was getting tired, too.  So we called it quits for the day.  

the air compressor "hookah" in the lazerette
yellow air hose running from the compressor to Dave

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