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Old 01-16-2008, 02:13 PM
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Just curious, I got a quote from my marina to wash and wax my boat from the rub rail in (not including outside hull) for $625.00 or $21.55/foot. I have a 2006 Hydra Sports 2900 vector in very good condition. I waxed the boat myself 5 months ago.

Does this seem high? What are you guys paying?
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:18 PM
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Forgot one other detail...boat is located in Florida West Coast area
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I'm in S. Fl. Have 24ft. boat. I have had a wash/wax of the topsides (plus hard top) for as low as 200.$. Doing the hull plus topside is 20. per foot. In the shop where I take my boat for its' annual they charge $350 for full job. Where are you located?
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I have a 22ft w/around and I inquired in the fall what they would charge to do the hull only...(I will do the inside)....
and they said 300. I am on Long Island.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:25 PM
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seams high to me. I would find some local car detailer and let them clean. Or call a local temp firm and hire two guys by the hour and let them goto work. I pay a local labor 15/hr and he does the whole job in less then 8hrs.
Just because it is a boat does not mean it has to cost extra.
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Clearwater/Tampa area
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i rarly wax mine when i do i do it myself.to have it washed is about 50 buck's
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BocaBoca...thanks for the reply!
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I have a 23' CC and I pay about $200 for a full interior and exterior wash and wax every few months. I found a guy that was working for a marina and I pay him to do it on the side.
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A good detail job which includes complete compound, 1 coat of polish, 1 coat of wax, all the bright work cleaned with woody wax and polished with colinites metal wax, runs about $75 a ft. A good detail guy can make a bot look showroom if there's not any problem with the metal.
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I live near you and have paid a low of $20/ft to $30/ft.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:08 PM
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Prokatguy/First Light

Thanks for the feedback! Can i ask you if those prices were for the "whole" boat (in & out). The price I referenced was inside only. Also, Prokatguy...at $75/ft that would be $2,175 for my 29' boat...now that seems high!
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Mine includes washing the boat inside and out, waxing inside and out, Woody Wax on the nonskid on the gunnels and deck, and polishing all of the metal rodholders (I have 20) & cleats. My gal is also good at doing gel coat repairs and fixes any little dings she finds for $30 each.
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Englewood FL. $15.00 per ft. inside and out. For boat in fair condition, price goes up accordingly
$75.00 HECK you can allmost buy new.
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I was quoted $ 750 for a 24' that is in real nice condition....................the wife thought i was going to throw the guy off the boat when he told me the price. (I did ask him to leave)
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Decent buffer, pads and connectors.... one-time expense of $149. Various soaps, waxes, polishing compounds, cutters....$65 One day worth of beer....$30 (remember your helpful "friends" looking on and making valuable observations about where you missed a spot)
4-10 hours of your time, depending on how dirty the boat was to start with....
If there was a lot of hand-rubbing for compound or waxing, I'd hire the job out to day laborer and teach him/watch him as I worked on something else on the boat.
Major factor is that my boat is on a trailer, not floating around. If in a slip, have it hauled to a work rack for a day.
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It's not that high. It depends on your location and labor rates, how long it is going to take to do the work and how much chemical is going to be used. It doesn't matter if you waxed the boat yourself if you did not do it properly. You may have just waxed in the oxidation. A considerable amount of boat detailing is in the preparation, not just the waxing. That price sounds about right to have your boat done, though. You could call 1-800 92-SHINE toll free nationwide to have your local Hi Tech Marine Systems Dealer come out to give you a free estimate. we are centrally located in Daytona Beach, but we have dealers nation wide.
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If you consider what it costs to live today figure $20/hour and supply the materials to get a rough estimate. Some boats
need alot more time than others, and some people will do a lot better, more thorough job than others.

I find it better to have a helper that I can oversee while WE do the work together.



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I have a guy doing rub rail to rub rail for 325.00 for my 25' cat. Includes wash, polish and wax everything including aluminum for hard top and 303 on the seats, pads and cushions. He comes to the boat and works at the dock. No hull sides but thats understandable since it is in the water.

This is at the Jersey shore.
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As long as you have the tools and supplies, the labor can be the cheap part.

Go to your local Home Depot parking lot first thing in the morning and you'll have plenty of "qualified applicants" for the job...

As long as you can speak a little spanish, you're good to go!

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