Yesterday the sale of Legacy officially closed and this morning we got a call from the owner to proceed with prepping and painting the bottom and cleaning up the running gear. This involved scraping extensive barnacle growth off the shafts, props and rudders in particular, as well much of the boat's hull. Barnacles are a particular problem, as many boat owners don't understand how tenaciously they can attach themselves to the boat's various surfaces. While scraping with a broad putty knife, or even a flat shovel, is effective, there always remains some of the barnacle that simply cannot be removed, except by sanding--and that can be a very tedious, time-consuming task. In the case of Legacy, it was decided to scrape off as much as we could and then come in with a die grinder, or dual-action sander, to clean up the running gear. After that's done, we'll go ahead and "wood" the hull from the waterline down, removing the barnacles from the hull and taking off all the existing bottom paint, which hadn't been maintained and was starting to fail.