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We Practice Water Blasting


As part of our quest to be a responsible travel company, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to be more eco-friendly in our operations. This path leads us to water blasting (not waterboarding people!). What is water blasting? Good question. I asked the same thing.

Here's a photo of the 22-guest Safari Quest in dry dock for water blasting on Nov. 29, 2012.

Safari Quest

Water blasting is the most eco-friendly way to clean and remove solvents and rust from the hull of a boat and bring it down to bare metal. High water pressure quickly and cleanly removes the paint. Sand blasting is commonly used but less environmentally friendly because it creates clouds of dust and piles of grit. When we decided to remove the Safari Quest's bottom coat, our good leader Dan Blanchard agreed we should pay more for water blasting in our effort to reduce contaminants. We are using Premier Marine Painting.

water blasting

So today it is complete. With the boat sitting in dry dock in Seattle, we've now removed the old anti-fouling paint. And next we will recoat the boat's hull with a more environmentally friendly, copper-free bottom paint.

The Safari Quest is undergoing a major refurbishment project this winter with upgrades inside and out. This is only the beginning! Stay tuned to see what else is in store before the boat's next foray into Coastal Washington and British Columbia this spring.

Can anyone guess what color the hull will be?

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