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MantyMonty posted 03-23-2004 07:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for MantyMonty   Send Email to MantyMonty  
I have the opportunity to keep my Montauk in a slip in my local marina. This marina is 4 blocks from my house. The launch gets crowded in the summer months due to it being the nicest one around. I would be pulling the boat out every three weeks or so to take along with us when we go camping. A thourough bottom cleaning could be done at these times. The slip on Lake Michigan, so salt is not a problem. What is the downside of keeping the Monty in the water where it will see more use vs. on the trailer. Thanks for any input.
MantyMonty posted 03-24-2004 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
Has anyone used a product called Easy On Bottom Coating. It is made by several companies. It is advertised as an alternative to bottom paint. I am going to leave my Montauk in a freshwater slip for two to three weeks, then trailering for a week, then back to the slip for two or three weeks, then back to the trailer for one week, etc. etc. I am planning on powerwashing the hull each time out. Again, has anyone used this product, or any other ideas for the subject of bottom care for the time frames listed above. Thanks for your help, I need it.
Barney posted 03-24-2004 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Manty, Seems like a good idea. You're up at Manitowoc correct? Mooring would make the boat much more fun and easy. I don't know about the bottom coat for the fresh water lake. If none answer maybe start with it in the water for a week without the coating, check the boat out then if it is ok let it stay in for two weeks etc. Jim
mjd65 posted 03-25-2004 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for mjd65  Send Email to mjd65     
I have a 95 Rage I have done this from new in Lake Erie. I use FSR to remove any growth or discoloring from the hull when ever it is needed.(1 to 6 weeks). When the water is colder it may take 6 weeks but in the water at the end of summer it may be only a week depends on use and if I rotate it out of the sun.

My only concern, is wax enough to stop water penetrating the fiberglass. So far though I have no blisters so it must be O.K..

Mike
Lake Breeze Rage

MantyMonty posted 03-25-2004 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for MantyMonty  Send Email to MantyMonty     
Mike, Thanks for the info. What is FSR? Is it a cleaner? The Easy On looks like it is a soft liquid wax type of product, that is suitable for areas such as mine but not warm ,salty or tropical. It is advertised to be good for a season. I wouldn't mind if I had to put it on more often. The people at my marina never heard of it, but they tend to push Interlux stuff. I will be pulling out from it's slip at least every three weeks to clean and use it on inland waters for a week span in-between Lake Michigan dockage times. I guess we'll find out. I really do not want bottom paint on this 04'.
Todd

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