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Old 06-14-2005, 06:33 PM
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I have a Baja 25 Outlaw and plan to leave it in the water (salt) for weekends and an occasional week during the summer. I live on the water, but financially can't put in a lift this year. The Boat has the 496 h.o. with the fresh water flush option, so flushing after use is not a problem. It's not bottom painted so are there any concerns other than some extra cleaning of the bottom? any extra maintenance issues?
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Cover the boat if possible to help prevent corrosion of topside hardware. Make sure your annodes are good.
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:27 PM
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Youwill be OK for short intervals. Alot also depends on the water temp where you are at. The warmer the water the faster crap statrs to grow. If it does get left on the water for a week at a time it isn't a bad idea to hop in the water and wipe it down every 2-3 days. This will prevent any growth from gaining a foothold.
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Lot's of fresh water for the boat and the trailer, not sure what kind of trailer you have, aluminum or steel, in either even, wash EVERYTHING down good. You'll need some good hull cleaner like ON/OFF or Slimygrimy to get the stubborn yellow ring off the boat. Use CRC, think it's CRC 56 or 656 something like that, better than wd40 for splashing your engine and mechanical parts, adheres much better, all the humidity and salt air will eat away at your engine, can't use to much crc on it, will keep it looking good and prevent it from rusting... I spray mine down every couple of weeks, well worth it. Assure your bilge pump is wired correctly and working.

I found that using a lawn sprayer for cleaning the hull works very well, however the ON/OFF will eat away the rubber washers in the sprayer, strong stuff...

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Thanks for the replies. My main concern is below the waterline. The deck is covered and is not much more susceptible to the salt because when it's not in the water, it sits on the trailer in the driveway about 30 feet from the water. I wax the waterline area very often and usually just wipe the scum line off with a sponge. I'm at the end of the lagoon and get caught with all crap thats in the water. I'm just worried about any more permanent damage to the hull and drive...
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pull it out every couple/few weeks for a hull wash down
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I would'nt leave it in for more than a couple days at a time.
Here in Cape Coral, I've have seen tiny barnacles start to grow in as little as 4 days. Pain to get off.
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Barnicle larve will attach in a matter of hours. Even at short intervals of cleaning it will be a problem.

Any reason not to bottom paint?
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Barnicle larve will attach in a matter of hours.
This is why you shouldn't let your parents use those floating lawn chairs.
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Barnicle larve will attach in a matter of hours. Even at short intervals of cleaning it will be a problem.

Any reason not to bottom paint?


He'd find out why not when its time for resale value.
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