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Tallydon posted 03-20-2002 08:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tallydon   Send Email to Tallydon  
This past weekend, I drifted into an Oyster bar when my anchor failed to grab. Faced with my relatively new Dauntless 16 gel coat being ripped to shreds or engaging my Yam 100 4 banger to move me from the bar, I chose to motor out of there but scraped my skag free of paint. So I just painted it this evening. My question is am I being to picky about my boat and motor? I know that most skags in my area are very shiney from too many encounters with the bottom. Next time I grind up the bottom, should I just live with a paintless skag? My wife thinks I'm nuts for how I cater to my boat.
mbking1 posted 03-20-2002 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
Hey, if it makes you happy to keep the skeg painted, go for it. It will not stay that way though. Enjoy your new case of "WHALERITIS".. HAH..Mark
whalerron posted 03-20-2002 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Keep it painted! The less bare aluminum you have exposed to the saltwater, the less electrolysis you will have.
David Ratusnik posted 03-20-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Too picky!!! Maybe every 6 months shoot abit of zinc chromate primer on the skeg- then shoot abit of Yam correct color match on it. Won't last long. Enjoy David
JBCornwell posted 03-20-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Put a SkegGard on it, Tallydon. The SS is unruffled by oyster bars.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 03-21-2002 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ditto with JB, polished Stainless looks trick.

My new 70 lasted about 1/2 hour before I devirginized the skeg. Oh well!

Chris J posted 03-22-2002 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
If I painted my OB every time the skeg got scraped I'd be waiting for paint to dry all the time.

Related story: last summer I put a composite (Piranha) prop on my OB, because I needed a spare and figured it was cheaper in the long run to replace blades rather than the whole prop. Later that week my brother took the boat for a spin up the local backwaters with a few friends in the evening. When he came home he mentioned that the motor wasn't running right... no power to speak of, and he had just barely managed to limp home.

Well, it was dark, so I didn't check it out until the next day. When I raised the motor I observed that the prop had gone from a 15" diameter to about a 5" diameter. He had ground it down to 1/2" long nubs on all blades. No damage to the motor, and all in all I was impressed that the thing had enough poop to get him home at all.

So I don't worry too much about the paint...

Bigshot posted 03-22-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
And they say the composites are as tough as aluminum. hahahhahahaha!
B Bear posted 03-25-2002 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I am with the same mind as whalerron.
It is on a trailer,Paint it, spray paint (primer and color) does not take long to dry and set with the heat of the day.
I paint mine.

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