If you own a boat in Florida and keep it in the water, you should be getting it cleaned on a regular basis. This is especially true in Tampa, Florida. Barnacle growth is a significant problem all year around in the Tampa area. The warm tropical climate contributes greatly to the growth.
During the summer, barnacle growth is so bad that you may have to do more than just a monthly cleaning by cleaning your running great twice a month. Running gear is often not covered with protective bottom paint, so it is more susceptible to barnacle growth.
Barnacle growth is bad for your boat in a number of ways. It slows down the boat making fuel costs increase. If left unattended, it can also contribute to blisters and damaged gelcoat when you finally do get around to cleaning the bottom.
Boats require continual upkeep to run well. Bottom cleaning should be a integral part of your boat maintenance program.
Bottom Cleaning Benefits At A Glance
- Reduced fuel cost
- Avoid hull damage
- Reduce chances of blistering