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: do I need bottom paint?

05-21-2002, 08:05 PM
ok you boaters, I have a chance at a free slip for a month. do I need to bottom paint? on another board the 2 answers i got were split one said I have to, the other said if I pull it up on the trailer a couple times and wash the slime off, I'll be ok. what is your take on this one folks. I don't want to have to paint from now on. thanks, Tom D

05-21-2002, 08:52 PM
Hi Tom,

If your going to leave it the water for awhile or run it a ground to park and fish it's a good idea to paint it. As I understand it the paint is there to discourage barnicles and protect the gel coat. If your going to trailer it primarily and not planning on putting on the beach much I wouldn't worry about it. A month in a slip without the paint on shouldn't be a problem if you wash it down when you put it back on the trailer. What the chance that it will stay in that slip all season?

my .02

Congrats on the first successful outing with the boat. Hope you work you trim tab problem out OK.


05-21-2002, 09:05 PM
If the hull is fiberglass and you're (that's the idea I got from your post anyway) only going to be in the 'salt' for a short time try the following.

Pull the boat when you can and take a large 'squirt bottle' full of straight bleach, squirt liberly, let it dry, re-wet and scrub with a stiff long handle brush. The bleach will kill anything! that's hanging on the hull. The brush will scrub it off. You could leave the glass hull in the water for two or three months and this will work just fine. After bottom is clean; give it a good wax job and your 'good to go.'

Worked for me for years and years. Wood hull, then it goes to 'lead bottom' paint.


Damn! gotta proof these post after a couple of single malts before I hit 'send.":p

05-22-2002, 07:14 AM
Paint the boat. Up until last year, I've had a boat all of my life. Children will do that to you. The paint will discourage growth on the bottom. It will take you a better part of an afternoon to paint the bottom, but it will be time well spent. I agree with the idea of the bleach to clean the bottom but, IMHO you're wasting time. The idea behind having a boat slip is to be able to get in the boat, start the motor, and go fishing. The time you spend pulling the boat to clean the bottom is time that could be better spent on the water.

Just my $0.02.

05-22-2002, 08:23 AM
I think there would be no harm in painting it, matter of fact it may prove to be a time saver in the future. I spoke with a few guys at a local boat yard and they suggested that if I was to trailer the boat 90% of the time not to bother. But they also mentioned that it could not hurt especially if I were to leave it in the water from time to time. I think if you painted it you would certainly save a little time at home not having to bleach and clean. Just a thought.