Blue Turtle Cruising

Blue Turtle hauled out

Every boat owner knows that it’s inevitable that you need to haul out your boat for regular maintenance. For some, it may be every 2 years for others maybe longer. It all depends on the environment your boat is in, it’s bottom paint as well as how it is cared for on a regular basis. We last hauled out Blue Turtle 4 years ago shortly after we bought her. At that time, she needed a lot more work than just a paint job. We replaced most of the the thru hulls, repaired blisters, replaced a hose for the stuffing box as well as removed a dinghy lift from the swim platform that we didn’t want to use. It was out of the water almost 2 weeks and cost a pretty penny. This time around, we only needed the bottom paint done since we had done most the other costly repairs last time. She was only out of the water 4 days and we thankfully, didn’t rack up the bill we had last time.

Randy and Corey navigate Blue Turtle into the lift area
Randy and Corey navigate Blue Turtle into the lift area
Once in the lift, Blue Turtle was sitting on the ground (it was low tide)
Once in the lift, Blue Turtle was sitting on the ground (it was low tide)
Corey assists with getting the boat into the lift
Corey assists with getting the boat into the lift
Moving Blue Turtle to her spot on the hard
Moving Blue Turtle to her spot on the hard
Yucky-looking bottom
Yucky-looking bottom
A couple weeks of growth on the rudder and prop
A couple weeks of growth on the rudder and prop
Hairy growth on the stern thrusters
Hairy growth on the stern thrusters

We took Blue Turtle to Olsens Marine Service (same place as last time) while we stayed with my parents for the few days she was out of the water. We got to get hauled out on their brand new travel lift that they assembled the week prior. Since it held up so well last time, we went with the same bottom paint, Interlux Ultra Blue, which is a hard paint . We also had our running gear painted as well. They paint the moving parts red so it shows up better under water for the divers. Even though our bottom was cleaned 2 weeks prior to the haul out, I was amazed at the hairy growth already on the bottom and props. For some reason, in our location on Fort Myers Beach, we have an accelerated growth of barnacles and it has to be dived every 3 weeks in the summer.

Prop and rudder looking good as new and painted red
Prop and rudder looking good as new and painted red
Stern thrusters painted
Stern thrusters painted

Now, she is back in the water is looking great. Hopefully, we can get 3-4 years out of this bottom job like the last one. With the cooler temps, we are ready to get off the dock and anchor out somewhere.

Interlux Blue bottom paint - Now Blue Turtle's exterior has completely been painted, hull and all!
Interlux Blue bottom paint – Now Blue Turtle’s exterior has completely been painted, hull and all!
Blue Turtle lookin' good!
Blue Turtle lookin’ good!

6 thoughts on “Blue Turtle hauled out”

  1. Great job
    But for us that don’t own yet we love to hear about your cost. A perfect example when you first hauled out cost (apporx.) is fine replacing thur hulls, hauling to out. What do divers charge to clean…. Love all your stuff though

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    • Hi Giligan,

      This year, our bottom job cost approximately $2,000. The 1st time it was about $6,000 because of all the additional stuff (thru hulls, blister repair, stuffing box, etc). It can add up quick and that first time it did since it is an old boat. Bottom painting is typically by the foot, so like with everything, the larger the boat the larger the expense. Same goes for diving—it’s usually by the foot as well. I would estimate $85-100 monthly. It might be more depending on the area and if it’s in the summer months when growth tends to be greater.
      Hope this helps some. I might write a more in-depth post in the future breaking it down.

      Kim

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  2. Looks great. My wife and I are looking forward to purchasing a trawler for ourselves, so this gives us a better glance at things we will need to keep up with.

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