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Nothing Worse Than A Dirty Bottom

Thread in 'Boat Chat' started by rbstern, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. rbstern

    rbstern Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Because it's a ***** to clean!

    Before, due to years of neglect"

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    After about 12 hours of hard labor:

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    Next up, a couple of coats of ablative bottom paint, so it doesn't get that bad again.

    I love spring!
     
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    Scott Hammer TOXIC Well-Known Member

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    Looks good Rich. What did you use to clean?
     
  3. rbstern

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    Hey, Scott...long time.

    I sanded it down with 80 grit. The staining had penetrated the gelcoat. Only way to remove it was mechanical. Plus, I had blisters to repair, so sanding was happening anyway. And the paint will adhere that much better. Heck of a big job, but worth it.

    FYI, for anyone who ever has to patch blisters, I'm a huge fan of Marine Tex, but it's pricey. This stuff works great as an alternative, very similar performance, at a fraction of the price:

    https://www.amazon.com/PC-Products-160114-Two-Part-Adhesive/dp/B008H4QRPI/
     
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    Scott Hammer TOXIC Well-Known Member

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    Looks fantastic.
     
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    Looks Great!
    Ship Shape TV has a large number of sponsors, I look through them to help me narrow down what I need for help with my projects.
     
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    Boat is still sitting on the hard. Haven't been able to devote time to a topside cleanup and dewinterizing. Soon...the weather beckons it.
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    And still not launched! Hopefully, this weekend.
     
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    Bob...just realized it's you...Bob from Vermont. How are you? How long has it been? At least a decade.
     
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    Launch day today. Finally got the boat in the water.

    I'm probably jinxing myself, but everything on the boat is working great, for the first time in a long time. Over the last couple of years, I'd repaired the pitot tube, the fuel gauge, dash switches. Even the trailer had a great day. New bunk carpet and boards worked great, and the lights work, after a long overdue wiring harness repair.

    Boat ran great. With the renewed bottom, she's much quicker out of the hole and topped out faster than I've can ever remember. It's been a long time since I put the hammer down with a clean bottom on this boat. Speedo indicated 55. Pretty good for a 4500lb. boat with a four blad aluminum prop.

    Summer is upon us. Time to break out the tube, skis, wakeboards, etc.
     

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