Cay of Sea has been back in the water this year for about 12 weeks, and it was time to clean the hull. I used a long-handled brush and brushed the hull (while seated in my dinghy) from the waterline down as far as I could reach. I turned the brush over frequently to use the hard edge for scraping barnacles – but only detected two or three on the rudder. The rest of the hull was clear of barnacles. However, as you might expect in the Chesapeake, there was a fairly impressive amount of grunge and slime, which brushed off easily.
So I think that’s good news – no barnacles, and easily removed soft growth after 12 weeks. I’m impressed.
I’ll post another assessment at the end of the summer, and then again when I haul out in December.