I thought I should make a quick entry on the constant job of keeping the bottom clear of growth. Even though we left Canada with fresh bottom paint it was no match for the pressure of sea life to grow. We started in Barra de Navidad scraping barnacles off the bottom every couple of weeks, now up in the Sea of Cortes a whole variety of plant and animal life would like to turn the bottom of our boat into a reef. The prop and shaft take weekly cleaning and every few days we do a little on the bottom of the boat. All this cleaning has completely rubbed most the bottom paint off in some areas. The take away here is – MORE PAINT! Yes we should have at least double coated our boat before heading south and if possible smuggle some higher copper content paint from the US. At best Interlux CSC will last one year here in warmer water, and that is with lots of bottom diving included!