What I didn't expect was the divers coming up on the dock after twenty minutes asking me what bottom paint I used. They said the paint was basically just a little mucky, and all the muck came off without scraping. They were amazed at the protection after all this time. I was also told that the paint is good for another year! What the hell. I bought the cheapest stuff I could find at West Marine, and I got about thirty dollars off each gallon, plus my bonus coupons. Wow. I used the CPP Plus ablative. Nothing special, so I thought. OK then. Feeling pretty good about all that.
I also had the zincs replaced, and I gave him two of them, but he returned one saying the old one was still pretty good, and the shaft and prop were spotless. I don't understand why, but I'll take it. The prop just had some fleetwax on it for protection. Nothing on the shaft.
I imagine once the water gets a bit warmer I'll have some proper critters hanging on below the water line.