At our old marina, we would burn through zincs on our prop shaft in a matter of weeks. In fact, we lost a propeller before we realized we had to change them every three months.
It’s been almost a year since we put new bottom paint on Gimme Shelter. I was feeling very guilty and neglectful that I hadn’t bothered to check her zincs the entire time, so we had her quick-hauled at South Texas Yacht Services for a cleaning.
I was sure the sacrificial zinc anodes would be completely gone, and I was just praying that our shaft and prop would be ok.
But lo and behold, both zincs were still there and in great shape! We had a bit of green slime all over the hull and some barnacle growth on the prop, but that was about it. The yard workers did a light pressure washing to clean everything up, and we were good to go.
I was pleasantly surprised with our findings although a bit annoyed that I spent the money on the quick haul when we didn’t really need it. However, I’ll take a good surprise over a bad surprise any day.
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Had a bit of stray current at the old marina eh? 🙂
Stray current, stray dogs, stray women … it had a little of everything.
Let me guess….was it Del Sol?
Sure was, are you guys in Houston?
Nope, boats on it’s way to Ft. Lauderdale then I’m bringing it home to Port-A the end of Aug. We looked at Del Sol a while back when we were looking at a cat sitting at Watergate. I wasn’t impressed with anything other than the price.