I was very impressed by how much Matt Rutherford (“Reward Lives
In The House Of Risk,” June 2014) has accomplished in his young
life, but mostly because he has done it by himself. Life is hard work
for everybody, but for some, like Matt, the obstacles that he had to
overcome were even more difficult. He wrote a very fast history of his
rocky early life, and I think it’s great material for a book and movie
of what good men with clear goals can achieve if they are willing to
put in the time and hard work required. I just want to wish him and
Nicole all the love, happiness, and success they have earned and
deserve in their lives. Fernando Arango
El Centro, CA
BARNACLE BILL’S DILEMMA
Last issue in Ask The Experts, Tom Neale asked for your “tried-and-true
solutions” to keeping your prop, strut, and prop shaft barnacle-free. Here
are some of your ideas.
On my boat, a 31-foot Tiara, we started by completely removing all
previous paint on the shafts, rudders, struts, and 18x18 four-blade
props. I then mixed up Interlux’s 2000E and applied four coats, per
the instructions. I did the running gear in blue to make it easier to
see any fouling underwater. Six months and 70 hours run-time later,
I dove under the boat and found a 2x2-inch area on one shaft with
about six barnacles, which popped right off when I ran my gloved
hand over them. At one point over the 3 1/2 years, the boat went 17
months between hauls, and I still only had a total of 17 barnacles!
I think the bonding coat is more important than the antifouling
paint used. You can put $400 bottom paint on there but keeping
it attached to the metals is what counts. I’ve turned many of my
customers on to this procedure and they’ve all had excellent results.
Also, be sure to follow the application instructions to the letter!
You will need to dedicate two consecutive days to applying the
coats properly. Joe McHenry (Cobe Marine)
On the Internet I found a simple solution of a 50/50 mix of white
vinegar and water to remove barnacles completely. I let the props soak
overnight and the barnacles fell right off, leaving no white scars. The
solution for stopping or preventing is another issue. I did get some
information from a fellow on the Great Lakes who sprays a solution
of Rain-X on his props. It’s worth a try. After all, I’d never have given
white vinegar a chance and it worked. Mike Porcaro
IT CAN BE A ROCKY ROAD TO SUCCESS
SEND PHOTOS! We’d love to see photos of you, your
family, and friends enjoying great times on the water.
Email the high-resolution version to us with your name
and address to Letters ToEditor@BoatUS.com and tell
us who or what’s in the photo.
A Family Affair Art, Jen, and Lavonne Artis sent in this picture on
their family ketch of 22 years, the 1974 47-foot Vagabond Eternal Bliss.
The photo was taken while transiting from the Pacific to the Caribbean
side of the Panama Canal in Miraflores Locks. Veterans of the Baja
Ha Ha Rally, the Artises have cruised down the coast of Mexico, El
Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama for the last two seasons.
“Next cruising season we hope to explore the San Blas Islands and
onto the Rio Dulce,” they say.
Passing On A Tradition
This is Luke Miller, 8,
driving Millertime, a
34 Luhrs Convertible,
dad, Greg, says they
read BoatU.S. Magazine
together and enjoy
spending time as a family
in the Mississippi barrier
islands, just like Greg did
when he was a child.