Bottom haul out problems on 1960 55' Stephens wood boat

1960 55' Stephens has been in the water 3 years.

This is northwest Washington salt water considered toxic.

I am concerned with the cleaning process.

The haulout process includes pressure washing.

I am concerned whether the pressure washing will do the job.

All in all its a costly process so I'd like any ideas, past experience, etc.

I am aware of the necessity for good bottom paint and the need for zincs and cleaning of all through hulls.

My real concern is the bottom growth, mussel shells etc.

I want to be prepared before I have the boat hauled out.

Appreciate any information.

Thank you.


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Jan 13, 2014
questions about stephens
by: Tom

I am considering purchasing a 58' stephens.

Could you contact me please.

I have questions about your stephens.

Jun 28, 2011
Pressure Wash
by: Timynocky

Pressure washing on haul out seems to a fairly standard procedure these days.

Though they sell it to you as an extra service, I wonder (being a cynical old fart) if it is just to get rid of the worst of the slime etc so as not to mess up their nice clean boat yard.

I guess it depends on the yard/marina and their staff.

But it will, in most cases, clean off all but the most stubborn external growth.
Anything left clinging to the outside will soon die off when out of the water and can be scraped off later.

If you are unlucky enough to have any borers in the timbers, that is another story.

They won’t wash off and can live on within the wood for ages.

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