My name is Christopher Steinberg. I am originally from Philadelphia. After a term in the US Army , I decided to go to a Commercial Diving Academy. I moved out here in 2012 and immediately got into the underwater boat maintenance business. Now, I have my own company cleaning and maintaining the bottom of boats. My goal is keep your vessel, free of electrolysis and to keep your bottom coat from deteriorating at a rapid rate. The way I do this is by performing regular cleanings every 1, 2, or 3, months. This allows me to inspect the shaft, propeller, and any other metals under the water line, to make sure electrolysis hasn't started to eat away at it. I also inspect the bottom paint for areas of paint that are missing as well as blisters and broken blisters. Once the cleaning and inspection is completed I will make sure your boat has the zincs it needs to protect it from electrolysis.
After I have cleaned and inspected your boat I will furnish you with a detailed report of your boat below the water line.
Electrolysis - When your boat is in a harbor for long periods of time, the other boats that are plugged in to shore power create a certain amount of electricity in the water; especially if a few of the boat's ground wires are not connected properly. This could lead to corrosion of the metals underneath your boat.
Zinc - a metal which is easily installed, underwater or topside, on the shaft, propeller, trim tab etc.. The zinc will drawl electrolysis to itself instead of the important metals of your boat.
Blisters - Usually found on fiberglass boats. They are said to be caused by pockets of air and / or impurities in the paint resin. When they break it can lead to lamination and water that can get further into your paint and fiberglass.