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Old 17-02-2014, 11:57   #1
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BOTTOM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

Glossy and waxed (colinite paste) trailerable oday 25, Since our lakes are empty this year , I am going to get a slip in Berkeley or alameda probably for less than a year, my QUESTION IS DO I HAVE TO HAVE BOTTEM PAINT , how often would I have to pull it out of water and wash and wax bottem? I'm weighing the effort of painting it verses putting it on the trailer every 6 weeks to clean it, being smooth and waxed is so much better hull speed, and hesitant to sand to oh 400 grit be enough for 2 coats of Trinidad , that way I could go back to gel coat only. I race identical boats (2 others at the lake) and credit my consistently faster speed to clean bottem and minimum weight. I'd like to think its my sail trim but I kinda doubt it.
So HOWS MY BOTTEM GONNA LOOK IN 6 WEEKS WITH NO BOTTEM PAINT? AND IS 400-600 sanding enough for paint to stick? GO ODAYS. GREAT BOATS
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Old 17-02-2014, 12:22   #2
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Re: BOTTEM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

Wait for CF member fstbttms to get here.... (or PM him) He's our resident bottom paint/growth guru...

I'm guessing 6 weeks, and your bottom will make you cry.... OUT LOUD...

No way 4-600 is gunna make paint stick... If you want... I'll come over and do the first section with 80 on the DA while somebody holds you.... Talk about cryin!
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Re: BOTTEM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

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I am going to get a slip in Berkeley or alameda probably for less than a year, my QUESTION IS DO I HAVE TO HAVE BOTTEM PAINT , how often would I have to pull it out of water and wash and wax bottem?
Guarantee you will regret not painting the bottom. You will be unable to keep up with the growth in a very short amount of time, even with weekly cleanings. Even with a diver. It's a big mistake to berth a boat in a marine environment in California with no anti fouling paint. My advice is to not do it.


If you do, don't ask me to clean it.
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Old 17-02-2014, 14:29   #4
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Re: BOTTOM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

If you have a trailer, why not leave it on the trailer? I assume that is what you do now?
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Guarantee you will regret not painting the bottom. You will be unable to keep up with the growth in a very short amount of time, even with weekly cleanings. Even with a diver. It's a big mistake to berth a boat in a marine environment in California with no anti fouling paint. My advice is to not do it.


If you do, don't ask me to clean it.
There's the strongly worded caution I knew was coming.... (he does appear however to have a chip on his shoulder... bullseye on his back for unwarranted arguments)

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If you have a trailer, why not leave it on the trailer? I assume that is what you do now?
No doubt??? Leave the stick up???
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Old 17-02-2014, 16:33   #6
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Re: BOTTOM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

While I often am at odds with fstbttms, in this case he is right on! Years ago, I was in the same position: a Cat-22 trailer sailor. I got tired of launching every weekend in SF Bay, and put her in a berth at San Leandro marina. Within a fortnight the bottom was fouling noticeably, and her performance suffered severely. After a month it looked like a marine growth project... then I had the unpleasant job of first scraping all that crap off, whilst lying on my back under the trailer, and then doing the paint job that should have been done from the outset.

This one is a no-brainer: paint it!

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Re: BOTTOM IS LIKE NEW GELCOAT

He will be in salt water for only a short period, then return to the lakes where he keeps the boat out of the water on a lift or trailer or something?
If this is the case I'd find a way to leave it out of the water except when I was sailing. If he is keeping the bottom polished and waxed with Colonite, no way is he gonna like bottom paint.
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