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Gene4 posted 03-24-2004 05:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for Gene4   Send Email to Gene4  
Thanks for the advice previously on electrical! All lights work great now!

Next question (here in CA the boats are being put back on the lake) do I need bottom paint? If I do, what do you recommend? Type and how much to buy? Thanks!!!

OutrageMan posted 03-24-2004 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
If you do a search on this site (link in the upper right of the page) for bottom paint, you will find just about all the information you will need. As a matter of fact, if you look at the topics for this section from just the last 144 days you will finde a few threads on the subject.


gcl posted 03-24-2004 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Bottom paint is a necessary evil for those of us that keep boats in saltwater for extended periods of time. It is purely an optional evil for those whose venue is "sweet water". Personaly, I would not apply bottom paint on a boat stored on a fresh water lake. But, to each their own.
OutrageMan posted 03-24-2004 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Bottom paint should also be used in fresh water. On the Great Lakes, I know of virtually no one that keeps their boat in the water that does not use bottome paint. The plant growth, and lime in the water will permanently discolor the bottom, and without a barrier of some type, you will get osmotic blistering. Additionally, we also get our version of baracles - zebra mussels.


kato posted 03-24-2004 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for kato  Send Email to kato     
if it sleeps with the fishes it's got to have a coat
gcl posted 03-25-2004 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Here in New England I do not think it is common practice to apply bottom paint for fresh water use. But, when in Rome...... Sounds like there is a good reason to use it in some locations.
MantyMonty posted 03-30-2004 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
I just got back from my local dealer and marina, and after a discussion with Chuck Bennett today at BW, all of the people involved were in full agreement that my 04' Montauk shall have a barrier coat for blistering and a bottom paint applied on top of it. Mr. Bennett explained osmotic blisters can occur within a day, a week, three weeks or never. He also mentioned blister repair is very costly to have repaired once it occurs. My marina is preparing a quote for me which includes 4 coats of epoxy barrier coat and 2 coats of Interlux VC-17 Extra applied. They will sand between barrier coats to obtain a smooth finish vs. an orange peel type of finish. Then they will apply the bottom coats and it will produce the infamous smooth racing finish. I really didn't want to do the paint thing, but why not preserve the hull with barrier coat instead of getting possible bubbles on/in the hull. All three groups of people mentioned there will be no problems at all if I trailer the boat on and off this summer with this finish on it. Just passing on some info obtained today on the painting subject.

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