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Old 08-18-2021, 10:03 AM
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I am building a M3800 Mystic center console. I boat in salt water in Connecticut. I do not want to trailer or rack store this boat, I want to just show up and go. I am looking for a good but reasonable way to store the boat. I hate to bottom paint it but I see Petit has that Black Widow bottom paint that is burnishable so it will be shiny. How bad will this effect resale? Also what is a good lift that doesn't have a crazy price tag. Any suggestions and opinions are appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2021, 10:25 AM
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I would go with a lift before paint. Paint needs to be sanded and reapplied every so many years, so a lift will pay for it self
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Old 08-18-2021, 11:20 AM
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Been there done that.
I found that I used the boat more when it was bottom painted and just sitting in a slip
Lifts are expensive new, but when you try to sell one it seems damn near impossible,.

So find a used one, its pennies on the dollar.

the lift will be way cheaper in the long run than leaving it in the water and boat stays in better condition



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I can completely relate to your situation and I can completely understand people who aren't in your position trying to talk you into a lift but my advice would be that if you DO go with the bottom painting thing have it done properly and carefully and photograph the stages from start to finish . That way if the time comes to sell and a potential buyer is in the same situation that you are now , then they'll know it was done properly at least.
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Old 08-18-2021, 04:59 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with one of these Sea Pens? Looks interesting waiting on a price
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No experience but watching the vid, it lifts the boat, but not out of the water. There remains water around the hull even though a thin layer. Walking on it you see the water come up

Look at drive on boat lifts

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Old 08-18-2021, 08:37 PM
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No experience w/those type of floating lift things, but read a lot of complaints/issues about them.
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If your building a new 38, just get a new lift, you will love how clean and safe it keeps the boat. Your not buying a trailer, just put the money into the lift.
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No way I would bottom paint a new 600k+ boat. A lift will cost less than the amount the boat depreciates because of bottom paint. The lift also has value on its own if you sell the boat.
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the answer is simple. the ultimate in lifts. 10 seconds up 10 seconds down

https://sunstreamboatlifts.com/floatlift/

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