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Old 27-02-2012, 21:05   #1
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Hauled Out This Morning

Getting new gel coat and paint. Refinishing the spars and all new running rigging. Possible new standing if it's warranted.
It's a good thing I have a few vacation days to work on this.
Hopefully when all is said and done my wife and I will have a decent weekender to play on!
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Old 27-02-2012, 21:25   #2
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Looks like the bottom paint could use a new coat. I have a question for you. Do you have the hull cleaned of marine growth periodically? I have a boat in San diego as well.
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Old 28-02-2012, 08:33   #3
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Most of my friends have their bottom cleaned once a month. I will be doing my own once she's back in the water.
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Old 28-02-2012, 11:13   #4
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That's about what we do for cleaning the bottom of our boat.

However, it has been suggested that cleaning the bottom periodically does not inhibit marine growth, in fact it promotes it.

The marine fuzz that plates to the side of a well-painted hull is actually chock full of the active ingredient in your bottom paint (such as copper), and this active ingredient fuzz in of itself creates a barrier to further marine growth.

A buddy has a picture of an old fiberglass sailboat hauled out with 2 year old well-applied bottom paint that had not been cleaned at all during that 2 year period. They power washed the hull and the picture afterward shows a hull with perfect paint coverage, and no marine growth adhering to the hull.

Everyone has their own ideas, I'm just saying.....
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Why don't you let your bottom go for two or three months? Be sure to let us know how that worked out for you.
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Getting new gel coat and paint. Refinishing the spars and all new running rigging. Possible new standing if it's warranted.
It's a good thing I have a few vacation days to work on this.
Hopefully when all is said and done my wife and I will have a decent weekender to play on!
I very much doubt that it's getting new gelcoat.
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Re: Hauled Out This Morning

The thread title sounds like that rarest of beasts: the nautical blues song.

"Hauled out this morning, found my anodes had gone away..."
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Fstbttms:
The last time we bottom painted we let the boat go from April to July, no cleaning. Got the fuzz. Got told by a bottom cleaner to have that stuff taken off. So we did. Now, 2 years later, the boat needs a haulout.
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The last time we bottom painted we let the boat go from April to July, no cleaning. Got the fuzz. Got told by a bottom cleaner to have that stuff taken off. So we did. Now, 2 years later, the boat needs a haulout.
Are you under the impression that anti fouling paint should last forever? Do you understand how anti fouling paint works?
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No, you are correct, antifouling paint does not last forever, but as I understand it, the key to antifouling paint is the active ingredient in it preventing growth or attachment of marine growth. The paint acts only as a binder. Antifouling paint does not last forever, but as always, every boat owner wants it to last as long as it can.
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No, you are correct, antifouling paint does not last forever, but as I understand it, the key to antifouling paint is the active ingredient in it preventing growth or attachment of marine growth. The paint acts only as a binder. Antifouling paint does not last forever, but as always, every boat owner wants it to last as long as it can.
So what's your point? You said that you had your bottom cleaned once and now you need new paint. I don't get it. Paint longevity is going to determined in large part by the frequency of cleaning. But regardless of that, 2-3 years is all you can expect. That's just the nature of the beast.
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...Hopefully when all is said and done my wife and I will have a decent weekender to play on!

... a 32' weekender? Ah, the 1%.

Why not? My other boat is a B40. Just use it in beer can races.
Then there's my cat in Cannes, the tri in Tunisia, and ...

Hauled out this morning,
Had toredos in my shoe.
Slapped on some new gelcoat
N dat boat's as good as new
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Why don't you let your bottom go for two or three months? Be sure to let us know how that worked out for you.
While I can appreciate your knowledge of bottom cleaning, I do let mine go 4-6 months without cleaning. In the past I have cleaned it and other times had a diver go down. Your experience might warrant a cleaning every month but mine doesn't.
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Why don't you let your bottom go for two or three months? Be sure to let us know how that worked out for you.
I guess that your finincial interests would be best served if everybody held the view that the bottom of their boat was cleaned every month. However some boat owners may disagree.

If i had a boat in a marina that was raced i total agree with you, otherwise it would depend on the situation but in most cases it would not concern me. That is based both on having Licenced Fishing Boats (both wood &FG) and yachts (steel and FG)

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While I can appreciate your knowledge of bottom cleaning, I do let mine go 4-6 months without cleaning. In the past I have cleaned it and other times had a diver go down. Your experience might warrant a cleaning every month but mine doesn't.
Where goes your boat live and what anti fouling pint are you using?
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