@mastermario I've got friends with boats, and after seeing what they put into them I think I'm content just to go rent one every now and then. Renting isn't cheap, but it seems way cheaper than owning.
Every year for the last few years, I've been renting a cottage on an Island with friends. And with that cottage comes a boat. And over those years, since I'm the only one with the boating license, I've gotten very familiar with the boat and all the issues that they had to deal with.
And I too would never want to own one unless I needed it because I decided to live on an island.... which I would only consider doing in a zombie apocalypse.
@nowhere I've made a few of these out of the taper/threaded end of prop shafts. It's scrap anyway. Drill a big hole in the bottom and enlarge the hole at the top. That hole in the bottom will capture some of the mud, muck, or not if grass or sand so you can learn what's down there.
@taylor-martin As Spanish speakers, "Sea Señor" made my son and I groan painfully. Also, puns are a dime a dozen around marinas.
Boat bottom paints have the practical function of preventing biological fouling -- barnacles, algae, and other crustiferous organisms will stick to a boat's hull if given the chance, reducing speed through the water among other negative effects. Since this boat had been sitting on a yard for over seven years the paint had deteriorated. Some bottom paints have an unlimited life out of the water, but seemingly this wasn't one of them as evidenced by the amount of flaking.
I do plan on repainting it, and already have the paint in my possession. After dealing with the blisters I'll prime it with epoxy barrier coat, which will reduce/eliminate water intrusion into the polyester resin.