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Old 05-03-2013, 15:09   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington
Boat: 36' steel cutter
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Qs re 1) steel bottom jobs and 2) Washington options

Greetings all!

We are looking into our options for a bottom job on our 36' steel cutter. We did it ourselves in 2007. Time has passed, products have changed, we will be in a different location, and we'd TRULY appreciate your feedback here on these two subjects:

1. First, we've read the old posts about steel bottom jobs, but they are old and we'd like to hear what you think NOW, about:
  • Did you shop out the job? If so, PLEASE PLEASE share in USD what you paid for your bottom job and in what state (bonus points if you can name the actual yard that did the work, and whether or not you'd go there again);
  • What products (again, for steel) have you used and liked in the last two years?
  • Did you scrape, sandblast, sodablast (or?) and what are your experiences, pros/cons, recommendations?
2. Second, and somewhat related to the previous bullet, we are looking at being in Washington state for this (anywhere Puget Sound, San Juans, etc). We are flexible on this, so what are your recommendations for:
  • Various boat yards with Travelift for one or all of these options:
    • getting a bottom job done by a competent team of honest people;
    • hauling out and storing for a year or two on the hard;
    • DIY yard work;
    • extra bonus points for yards that may be:
      • in the rain shadow
      • super friendly to potential liveaboards
      • walkable to good services.
We are in exploratory mode. Really would rather hire out the work, or do some combo of our own prep and then have the younger stronger experienced people do the rest. We know you are a smart bunch with a lot of knowledge about this sort of thing, so please share what you know!
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