Northeast - No bottom paint, how long can you float a boat with no growth?
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06-03-2012, 09:06 AM
I was thinking of putting my boat on a transient dock or mooring for a week while on vacation but have no bottom paint. How long before growth starts around here?
The boat will be used everyday weather provided!
06-03-2012, 09:12 AM
One week no problem. You may get slight brown staining if you have white hull. Gentle acid wash ( dilute toilet bowl cleaner) should get it off. You will not get barnacles.
06-03-2012, 09:24 AM
I am in Southern Cal, I often leave my boat at the transient dock for a week at a time, the boat at one time had bottom paint, I put is on a trailer 10years ago, prior to that it was on a lift, never removed the paint, don't think it as any effect at this time, after a week I have these small white spots and a scum line but no growth, it comes off with a blast from a craftsman 2700 psi power washer.
06-03-2012, 09:24 AM
.you'll have no issues for a week, even if it just sits.
week should be ok. You'll see the growth start at the water line before it attacks the bottom of the hull first I think. So if you start to see the green aglea and little hairs starting at the water line it may be time to haul and power wash.
06-03-2012, 10:19 AM
Agree with all the comments here....1 week = some brown stains but no heavy growth. I would also add that if you are in an inlet (up the Annisquam, for example) you probably will get more growth than in more quickly moving open water, like a mooring near the channel.
On a related note, I tried to get away with bottom painting every 2 years instead of every season....the guy at my marina strongly recommended against this, so I painted it again this year. I was in Marina Bay last season (mouth of Neponset river) where you get some nasty, muddy water and a lot of growth.
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06-03-2012, 11:24 AM
Not long... 2weeks tops. I pull my uncles aluminum twice a month to powerwash it
06-03-2012, 11:29 AM
Depends on water temp.