Welcome to the May edition of the Chula Vista Marina Newsletter. It is starting to heat up so here are a couple things to keep in mind through the summer months. Keep an eye on the bottom growth on the vessel. This is the season when adding an extra dive or two for a couple months can be of a huge benefit. From what the divers have told me, they expect this year to be a warm one. Having your hull cleaned regularly, in most cases once a month, is standard. If you're tempted to let this chore slide, consider this fact: a boat with a clean hull bottom is more fuel-efficient than a hull that's covered with algae or other aquatic scum.
Topside of the vessel, the warmer sunnier months will affect the gelcoat and other exterior surfaces of our boats can also be damaged. Along with the wide variety of protective waxes, finishes and coatings on the market that can help minimize sun damage, Sunbrella covers in the right place also can do a lot. One easy way to prevent sun damage is to occasionally switch the boat’s configuration in the slip. It may be possible to back your boat into the slip rather than bow first. Many boats get exposed to the sun on one side only in the slip. After a few years, this damage becomes noticeable. Contact the Marina office for some good names and numbers of boat detailers to keep your pride and joy looking good.
See you on the docks!