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  1. #1
    Charter Member #943 OnTheBay's Avatar
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    Bowleys Quarters, Maryland

    Question Some help/advise needed on bottom prep

    Sure would appreciate the boards help on this,

    Getting ready to take the cocoon (shrink-wrap) off the boat next weekend and need some help/advise on prepping the bottom before I splash. Here is some needed background. First the boat is new, 26 foot long and has nothing but showroom wax applied to it. I live and boat on the Chesapeake Bay and the water here is brackish. I plan to keep the boat at my own dock and I have my own ramp, but I have no boatlift, but do have a trailer. Here is what I was planing on doing. I will not paint the bottom, so I was planning on pulling the boat out of the water on a regular basis to clean the bottom. The frequency will depend on the experience I gain with each pullout. I know I need a boatlift but that will have to wait until next season.

    So here are the questions:

    Do I just wax. And if so, what wax do you all recommend that will make cleaning the easiest?

    Or is there something else I can use on the bottom, must be clear, that will resist the barnacles
    and Scum lines and make clean up easier.

    I keep reading the posts on speed coats would they work in my situation?


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    Charter Member #943 OnTheBay's Avatar
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    Bowleys Quarters, Maryland
    Back to top. Gee no one has any experience or advice to give on this?

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    My Boats:
    '77 Martini 7 Meter
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    Honeoye, NY

    bottom coat

    You might want to look into Dolphinite speed bottom coating. If you will be pulling and cleaning on a regular basis this should be good. Look on -- ---Jer---

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member mcollinstn's Avatar
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    I live on a brackish lake in TN that gets warm in the summer. Hair grows on a hull no matter what you put on it.

    I have kept boats in and pulled them for regular cleaning for years. Any of the low-pH hull cleaners do a nice job but is messy and you gotta wear gloves and it ruins your clothes.

    Wax is pretty much gone in 2 weeks if you don't run the boat - one day if you run the boat.

    Bottom paint helps a whole lot on cruisers and such (use the ablative kind).

    If you have a performance boat, then get a lift. Period. $6 thousand and no more troubles.
    I see London, I see France...

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    DJD is offline
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    38' Cigarette, 42'Post, Driver:F2-07 Wild Child
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    Greenwich CT. U S of A
    I kept my 38 Cig in the water during the summer.
    The eary months, May & june, I'd clean it once a month.
    July and August would require twice a month cleanings to keep it pearly white and one more time before the end of the season in Sept.
    I kept it on Long Is. Sound which is heavy with barnacles and growth.
    I'd use a 50% mix of "On-Off" in a gardening pump spray canaster & then rinse it clean in 10 min.
    The bottom doesn't get fouled as fast as the sides where the sunlight gets at it so while at anchor, a scrub brush while swimming would take care of it.
    I don't klnow too much about speed coatings but I know that regular wax will slow a boat down!!

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