ull disclosure: We don’t haul out Lyra, our 44-foot classic ketch, for bottom painting nearly as often as we probably should. Because we live on it in New England, where the sailing season is short and yards are busy spring and fall, scheduling is an issue. And doing a bottom job is easily our second-most disliked maintenance chore (anything to do with marine sanitation handily takes first place). Despite the fact that it’s an infrequent occurrence, or perhaps because of it, my husband, Green, and I really, really appreciate the end result of a bottom job — a sweet-sailing boat that looks as good as she feels. Our last haulout, in January 2017, was desperately overdue (surprise!); Lyra basically had no bottom paint left; the last application of ablative antifouling had sloughed off during our trek south in the Intracoastal Waterway. By the time we made it to North Florida, we decided to take advantage of the do-it-yourself work yard at Green Cove Springs Marina (not to mention the shoreside accommodations at my parents’ house nearby) and finally give our girl some much-needed attention.