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Should I bottom paint or do a airlift?
|Author||Topic: Should I bottom paint or do a airlift?|
posted 03-27-2004 05:18 PM ET (US)
My new dauntless 22 is due in the next two weeks, and cant seem to decide to bottom paint it when it arrives (about $20 ft ++ around Annapolis, MD) or buy a lift like an airdock or hydrolift (I cant do a permanent lift here). The airdock costs about 2 grand, and about another 2 G for a floating dock next to it. Any advice or experiences?
posted 03-28-2004 06:24 PM ET (US)
If you can avoid the bottom paint - do it. Bottom paint is a pain, the stuff is highly toxic and it still needs to be cleaned on occasionally. I used to do my own bottom painting, but I decided to let the professionals do it. There are some real horror stories out there (deaths) of those that have tried it themselves and didn't do it safely or properly.
Because the hull is more fair than kept in the water, it will perform better.
There are tons of benefits to having your boat out of the water anyhow. You won't have it banging against docks, the boat is just tons better off. There is a lot more to be saved than just on the bottom paint - you get less dings, less corrosion, less wear and tear on the full, zero marine growth, etc...
I keep my Dauntless 15 on a Jet dock. It is a floating dock/lift that you can just drive the boat up on/off. Works like a charm. I higly recommend this product. See http://www.jetdock.com .
While this costs more than a lift, it is more practical especially if you live in an area (or boat in an area) that is subject to water depth changes.
If you have a choice, go with the out of the water storage solution.
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