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Bottom Care with Micah Thompson

Captain Jim Captain made a purchase of the first of a fleet of vessels planned for Schools Out Sailing. The vessel is an old Irwin 23. So we will have more sailing lessons soon. His site is

I am going to ask Nick to speak about Boats/Skippers for Hospice Cup

Then we will hear Micah's stories!

Which paint works? Which ones don't? Are they worth the cost? Are they hard on the environment? Are the bottom coatings hard on the boat? How often does it have to be done? What else can be done to prevent bottom growth?

Best practices and thoughts on hull cleaning, care, paint etc from a divers perspective- we see what's going on under there more than anyone.

Gulf and Bay Dive Services is headquartered in Madeira Beach, Florida. We serve all the Pinellas Beaches, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay Area.​They service marinas, residential locations, and transient cruisers.

Micah Thompson and his wife moved to the beach after getting married and completing their 6 month honeymoon hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Micah was a white collar guy in Atlanta and worked with a 3rd world non-profit for his first year in Florida.

As he loves boats, diving, and being an avid sailor he began working under boats.  It's harder work than he ever realized but he enjoys working with customers who have an affinity for boats themselves.  He also saw plenty of room for divers who were honest, dependable, had a professional skill set, and could show up and invoice on time.  After over 1,000 hours of underwater time working for larger dive companies as an outsourced diver he decided to create Gulf and Bay Dive Services.

Micah Thompson


Over two dozen people came to the monthly Meet & Greet last month. We learned a lot about how to cruise down and around Key West.

Come out and press the flesh with your fellow sailors at this dryland social gathering. A great way for crew to meet skippers, and vice versa, before committing to future races, day sails or cruises. Also, with race season approaching, it's a great way to find out who's doing what, where and when.

Consensus seems to be for monthly meet & greet so people can get to know each other before arranging sails. This will be a formal meeting. Please be sure to introduce yourself to everybody. (Name tags help!)

• Skippers can identify themselves by telling people about their boat or showing off pictures of it on their smart phones. Wear your crew chirt oif you have one!

• Crew can identify themselves by wearing foul weather gear (be prepared!) or eye patches.

• Newbies can prepare by glancing over all of our information pages:

FREE parking at the park next door. Great sandy beach at Tiki bar.

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  • Paul D. S.

    Very informative. Micah made the topic interesting.

    February 18, 2014

  • Brian

    Good information passed along. A variety of subtopics were touched on. Glad I attended.

    February 17, 2014

  • Jacquie

    Gave me things to think about, where things wear, what to use, divers questions to ask. Really good. Thanks Micah! Glad to have you in the group!

    February 17, 2014

  • A. Colin F.

    quite informative actually!

    February 17, 2014

  • Tom

    Would have liked to have seen some pictures.

    February 16, 2014

  • Nick

    Thanks Micah, thoughtful and thorough coverage of a topic that sailors continually debate. Great talk.

    February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting to hear about new developments and old standbys.

    February 16, 2014

  • Marina

    I moved here less than 2 years ago and want to spend more time enjoying the ocean, meeting new friends, and taking a fun break from job hunting! This will be my first sailing meet up!

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could be there but had already made previous plans weeks ago. Enjoy

    February 11, 2014

  • Don

    Will be out of town for work.

    January 27, 2014

  • Taffy W.

    Sorry I have a prior commitment.

    January 24, 2014

14 went

  • A. Colin F.
    Event Host
  • Ed M +1
    Crew - Naval Academy
  • Kevin D
    Skipper - Compac 16
  • Mark W.
    Skipper - mono 34 & cat 18
  • Micah T. +1
    Skipper - Sailtime
  • Brian +1
    Captain/Skipper - Tayana 36, Assistant Organizer
  • Jean-Guy
    Skipper - Pacific Seacraft 34
  • Mike +1
    Skipper - 1974 Portager 22
  • Paul D. S.
    Skipper - Seidelmann 24
  • Jacquie
    Skipper - Rosborugh RF24.6/Boston Whaler 15
  • Byron
    Crew - Basic Keelboat
  • Tom
    Crew - ASA 101
  • Nick +1
    Skipper - "Stubby" Creekmore 30 MORC
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  • A former member
  • A former member
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  • A former member
  • A former member
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