It’s been 3 years since I hauled out so “Splash Dance” is due for bottom paint and having all the running gear checked. I did have my diver (Mark Schimel) change the zincs last year and I went with aluminum anodes for the first time. They’ve been on the boat almost exactly 12 months and it looked like they only had another 6 months left–hopefully that means they’ve been doing their job well.
Hauling out is my least favorite part of boating. I hate watching her hang 15 feet above the water by two straps…but I always watch the process nevertheless. I’ve always had CSR haul my boat even for the survey when I became her second owner. I haven’t had any problems but I also have friends that use Canal Boatyard and are very happy with their services as well.
Regardless of what the props look like (and they looked pretty good this time!) I always have them removed and sent out for computer scanning and tuning just to make them as close to perfect as possible. I’m not sure if this is a waste of money or the best way to maximize performance and fuel economy. What do you usually do when you haulout?