Good Evening everyone,
I recently bought my first boat and am not originally from the Chesapeake Bay area. The past three months I kept the boat in a slip without any bottom paint and to say the least had a "great" time getting all those little barnacles off the bottom of the hull. Some glue from the barnacles are still on the hull but I think I cleaned it pretty well.
Anyways I am trying to avoid so much work for next year and looking into bottom painting the boat. I am not sure where to start but I will be keeping the boat in the water from April until December. Is there a special type of bottom paint that I should be using since the boat will not be in the water year round? If it helps the boat will be sitting on a trailer and more than likely put in the barn back up near Pittsburgh during the winter. Also if anyone knows or has a place near Annapolis that I could keep a trailer during the season that would be help too. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the help.
Even if you do bottom paint the boat, plan on pulling her a few times just to clean her off. Any good copper based paint will do but it is still best to pull her for a quick spray down.
If you are leaving it in for the summer, you do need to paint it and pulling for the winter is not a problem. I used Pettit SR 40 in the mid-Bay area and had great success. Not cheap, but works well. I had zero growth this year. Whatever you use, make sure you prep it well and prime it.
sounds like there is no bottom paint?
If so, I would suggest to have it professionally prepared and lightly sanded and painted (prob 2 coats) of ablative paint (soft, not hard).
I think most people have gone the soft route (might depend on size of your boat). I would suggest 2 different colors. that way you can see when you need to recoat. the soft disolves instead of building up yr by yr. also you can take the boat in/out/storage with out worrying about losing effectiveness.
I used to use the expensive interlux, but the last few yrs have gone to west marine soft on sale for $90-100 a gal. I have a 24 footer that 1 gallon will do every year.
I find the west marine as effective as interlux.
Ron (One Fish)
Shady Side, Md
New 2012 237 cc cobia/250 Yami/Yellow
WF Home for sale on Chesapeake Bay just below West Rv.
I looked into bottom paint the year before last. If you keep it in the water, you absolutely need bottom paint, as you found out already. As mentioned earlier, if it has no paint now, you will need to sand and prime it before painting. From what I remember reading, its alot of work. To avoid screwing it up, I was going to have professionally done. Also, most paints should hold up without a problem through trailering a few times. But the cheapest source I found for paint/primer/dewaxer, etc., was wholesalemarine.com. Never ended up ordering from them, so dont know how the service is, but their prices were the best. Anyways, after doing all the research I ended up keeping the boat in a boatel rack instead.
Thanks for all the replies. I have a 23' laguna and there is no bottom paint on the boat as of now. Are there any downfalls in bottom painting a boat? Does it effect the resale value or turn away potential buyers? I plan on moving up to a newer boat within 2 years. It is an 88 but the haul is in really good shape. I have a slip available right outside my apt. so I feel like driving to drop in the boat to go fishing would be ridiculous. Can't wait for Spring btw.
As of now I think I am going to get some quotes on having it professionally done vs. doing it myself. Im not doubting my ability to sand and paint it but I don't want to irreversibly harm the haul.
Thanks for the help everyone.
the main downside, is if you use the hard paint, the layers build up and add weight to your hull, and more sanding involved to prep, but the soft paint gradually wears away. After 12 years, I switched to soft last season and glad I did. I have never had to pull my boat mid-season to scrape since I had it, but part of the build up depends on how often you use it. it gets pressure washed every winter haulout by the marina.
Agree with everything said.. couple of things to add: I have found two cleaners that do a decent job of getting the barnicles off the bottom - Starbright barnicle and zebra mussle remover, and "on and off" (forget who makes that).. on painting the bottom - concur get it professionally done. I got the bottom done by a yard, seemed expense until next year when I decided to repaint myself (while the boat was on the trailer).. What a mess! Much harder than it seems, and we didn't have to do the bottom prep.
don't know if this is an old wives tale, but I have been hearing from locals about putting a big jar of cayenne pepper in with the bottom paint for a couple years. I haven't tried it yet.