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Old 29-12-2017, 10:01   #16
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

When I was a teenager I was the designated bottom scraper for my dad's Catalina 27 in Florida. We would sail the boat to an area with white sand bottom for better visibility and anchor. Then I scraped off the beginnings of barnacles with a hard plastic scraper, and scrubbed off other growth with a brush. Did it pretty much every weekend from April to November, and Dad did it himself when I wasn't around. I don't think Dad ever had the boat hauled and painted until I went to college. So, yes, I think you can do it yourself, especially if you scrub the bottom every other day or so, as you suggested.
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Old 29-12-2017, 10:57   #17
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

I lived aboard a Morgan 34 in St. Petersburg Florida marina. I cleaned my hull every three or four weeks using scuba Many of my neighbors used a hull cleaning service I think they paid about $50 a month depending on the boat size.
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Old 29-12-2017, 11:16   #18
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

It's a fresh water boat. I don't think there's going to be any barnacles growing on it. Just wash the bottom at the end of the season during haulout...
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Old 29-12-2017, 11:20   #19
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FWIW our boat hasn’t been out of the water for 4 years. Just the occasional scrub. I’ll be hauling within the next year for a sanding and 2-3 more coats of paint.
I am another one of those four year haul out guys. I usually put 3 coats of Trinidad on and have a diver clean the bottom about 4-5 times a year. The diver uses a glove made of shag carpet so there isn't a lot of paint loss.
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Old 29-12-2017, 11:59   #20
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

I've skipped a season now and then. Not a problem. Your location seems to be Toledo...the winter will take care of that thin film of algae. You made a wise choice to skip the power wash.

The paint manufacturers really love that most boat owners power wash the old bottom paint and refresh every year...that's great for business. But its really not necessary.
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

If by “fresh water boat” you mean that you keep it on fresh water then fine, plop it in the lake.

On the other hand, if yours is a wood boat and you’re keeping it in saltwater then I would paint her. Personally with wood boats in seawater, I use a different color paint with each coat so as to more readily see how much of it is on the hull over time. Wood boring critters being the primary concern.
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Old 29-12-2017, 13:42   #22
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Thanks for the input – sounds like good advice.
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

(and some earplugs and sweep the hull every few days?


To anti foul, or not to anti foul? - NZ Herald[/QUOTE]

Earplugs while diving? Am I the only one who picked up on this. Please leave the ear plugs on the boat while diving.
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Old 29-12-2017, 17:25   #24
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

I will almost get 3 years out of my bottom job. I used great paint and I have the bottom cleaned regularly (in water via me or a diver).
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Old 29-12-2017, 19:02   #25
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

DB, I assume your warning about ear plugs is due to equalizing. I M not sure thats a problem at boat cleaning depths. However, I always wear a hood when cleaning the bottom of my boat, there are a lot of criters that I dont want in my ears from scraping the boat, my wet suit can be covered in them. Think, StarTrek earwigs...
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

Just a small thing about cleaning up ablative paint. ( This won't work on hard paint ) When the boat is out of the water for winter give the whole underbody a wet scrub with one of those Scotch Brite pads that has a handle. Use the red or green one not the white.

If you lay the ablative on thick you should get 3 New England or Ohio summers for one coat. No doubt in Florida that would be 2 years.
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Re: Ok To Skip Bottom Paint For 1 Season?

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The only reason to have an antifouling coat of paint is to keep marine growth off the bottom.
Basically you can sail without antifouling altogether, just dive and clean the bottom whenever the growth bothers you.
So the simple answer is yes, you can...
Pacific Northwest, I never paint, don't like to support the decimation of the environment, paint isn't needed here, you must scrape though, or you lose Boat speed and use more fuel.
My vessel draws 4', and is a long keel everything is flat.
Prop zinc is a couple ft under the transom.
If your able to and interested in clean water, choose to scrape it yourself.
Maybe even try the ultrasonic methods, some say it works well.
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