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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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    Looks good Rich. What did you use to clean?
     
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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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    Been a busy season for a few of us already. Carlos and I went up to Michigan (14th year straight) and had a great time with the MVM (Mac, Mini and a few more). It was a grind this year. We had 20 - 60mph winds, 48 - 70 degree days and the lake was pretty messed up the whole week. We still caught em' though. Back home we have been doing really well on the Potomac and are in 90 degree days of summer now. Good to see your cruiser back on the water.
     
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    Awesome that you guys have kept up your get together for so long!
     
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    Follow up on the bottom paint performance: Boat has been in the water for nearly three months, and the bottom is staying very clean. Normally, by now, the bottom would be a slimy mess of brown and green goo. Just blue bottom paint.

    If I get another couple of seasons out of it before having to recoat, I'll be thrilled.

    This stuff works for warm freshwater:


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