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Wet Slip to Lift

Old 05-08-2019, 04:51 AM
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Four year old hull. Originally painted (assume properly) and wet slipped. Hauled last year, power washed and cleaned, and blocked. Bottom still has paint, no build up or flaking, but it would obviously need a new coat before launching this year.

Instead of wet slipping, boat is kept on lift. Any issue with bottom as is? Any concern when boat is left in water for long weekends?

I'm not worried about growth or fouling. Not sure what I'm worried about, maybe water intrusion due to minimal paint and gel coat being sanded off? Pretty sure the hull would be fine, just making sure I'm not missing something. Sorry if it's a dumb question.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:01 AM
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I use my boat as you describe. When I bought it in early 2017 and it was hauled, I had some minor blistering repaired and two coats of bottom paint applied. It had been wet-slipped its entire life and I have a lift.
I leave it in the water if I plan to use it again in a day or 2.
The paint is still in ok shape with some minor flaking right at the water line, but I still don't get any growth, although it's never in the water long enough for much growth to occur.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:03 AM
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Thanks. Let me clarify- I don't plan on putting a coat of paint on it this year. That's why I'm asking the question. It will be lift kept, but in the water during use and say up to 3-4 days at a time. While in the water, any concern with a hull that was originally prepped and painted, but has very little paint on it now?
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:09 AM
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I would not worry about it. It will look worse and worse as the paint fades off the hull but itís only cosmetic.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:30 AM
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That's what I thought. Not worried about the cosmetics of it. Just wanted to make sure it wasn't going to hurt the hull down the road by being in the water for a few days. Rather not put any additional paint on it if I plan to keep it lifted going forward. One day, maybe I'll restore the bottom to clean gel coat. Thanks-
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:47 AM
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Your good to go no issues.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:50 AM
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Enjoy the lift and don't worry about it. Lots of new demo boats without paint spend their time in the water for a few days at a time. Long term use without protection is an issue, of course. Won't be the prettiest boat sitting on the lift, but the bottom paint you have on there will certainly protect it for a few days as well.
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No issue at all. There are some new "trailerable" paints out that you may want to look into if the cosmetics bother you, but other than that I wouldn't worry about it at all.

I kept my old boat in the water from 2006 through 2013. One recoat during that time. Then sat on the lift from 2013 until the end of 2016 when I sold it. No issue at all.
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3-4 days in the water, especially if being used, shouldn’t be an issue. Have a look when she gets lifted and give a scrub on anything that is actually clinging on. Mostly, I’d watch the engine mounts.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:23 PM
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Thank you for the replies. Again, I am not worried about growth. When properly preparing a new boat for bottom paint, the hull is often sanded and gel coat removed. Paint is then applied. My concern is if that paint is then mostly gone from wear and not replaced. Is the hull ok being left in the water for several days.

Iím pretty sure Iím fine, just wanted to see others opinions. Thanks again-
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Gelcoat isnít typically removed, just scuffed. Then a barrier coat and bottom paint goes on.
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You’ll be fine even with some bare areas of hull. My boat also had bottom paint on it when I purchased it 4 years ago. I keep it on a lift and trailer all the time save a week when I wet slip it on vacation down at the beach. I had the bottom redone 3 years ago and will do this again in a year or whenever it starts to look bad.
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Originally Posted by mattttt25 View Post
Thank you for the replies. Again, I am not worried about growth. When properly preparing a new boat for bottom paint, the hull is often sanded and gel coat removed. Paint is then applied. My concern is if that paint is then mostly gone from wear and not replaced. Is the hull ok being left in the water for several days.

Iím pretty sure Iím fine, just wanted to see others opinions. Thanks again-
It will be fine. Bottom paint doesn't get you any protection, so it's not like thinning bottom paint will diminish protection. It's only there as a medium to hold and slowly release biocide to kill the wee beasties.
If it had a barrier coat on it, that offers some protection (different argument over whether or not it's needed) and the protection from a barrier coat won't diminish, so either way, you're fine.
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