We recently pulled the boat out for a day so we could replace a few instruments and take a look at the bottom. Chiron’s bottom paint is only five months old and we found more peeling paint than we expected for a fresh water boat. This means another pull out next year for a good cleaning and another coat of paint.
Here’s a short video of what we found.
Charles partially flipped up the rudder to inspect the joints. If a rudder on our Gemini catamaran is down it should flip up if you hit something or run aground. We can get into 18″ of water but we try to not to go shallower than about 3′.
The drive shaft looks okay.
We were initially concerned about the centerboards because we’ve heard about how they deteriorate on a Gemini. We found that the wood had delaminated a bit all in all not too badly so when we pull out again next year we’ll do something about them. We are considering replacing them or possibly glassing over them so we won’t have to worry about them again. We need to do some research because fiberglass might add too much weight for the system that raises and lowers them. Research!!!
Pulling out for the first time and seeing Chiron’s bottom was a little intimate, kind of like unexpectedly seeing someone in their underwear. It was strange to see our boat from this angle when we’re so used to seeing her floating at the marina.
So now you’ve seen what the underside looks like. We pulled out so you don’t have to.