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Old 06-23-2020, 04:24 AM
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Spending the summer in Key West and brought my Pursuit OS325 down with me. The boat is kept in a slip here, but usually lives on a lift. And it has no bottom paint.

I've contracted a service to use the 3M scrub pads every 15 days. Anything else I should do?

Should I be concerned about any long term consequences?

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At best you will finish up with a stained bottom. You will know exactly where your waterline is. Not necessarily a bad thing. JMO, but a boat looks better with bottom paint anyway.

Keep it as clean as possible but after this trip paint the bottom. Use the hard type paint that can be scrubbed as needed. It does not work as well as soft but for future more than a day or so in the water it is much better than no paint at all.
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Anything else I should do?

Should I be concerned about any long term consequences?

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Paint the bottom, or put on a lift. You are going to wreck your bottom. I have a bait pen that gets barnacle growth after a few days. 15 days and there is going to be all sorts of stuff attached to your shiny gelcoat.
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Yeah 15 days is a long time especially if you leave it in place for a while. With that being said my dad kept his seapro in the marina at long key from January thru march and took it out ever 2 weeks and had no issues. He didnt do anything special
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They make a white bottom paint (assuming your boat is white)....otherwise you'll be chasing a mess all summer.

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15 days is WAY TOO LONG!!! And they won't be able to 'scrub' in many locations around trim tabs, engine brackets, etc. She will be a HOT MESS in no time.

Bad bad idea.

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Pull the boat every 7-10 days. Have the bottom cleaned and relaunch the next day. No way I’d have a boat without bottom paint in the water in Key West for the summer.
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If you're in a marina with stagnant water instead of a moving water canal, and you use the boat daily, you might come out OK. But odds are this won't end well.
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I live in NC and we have very hot water in the summer and you can feel the growth with your hands after a few days. 15 days is a long time between cleaning with no bottom paint. Remember even a great job by a diver doesn't always get it all.
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I think you might be ok...depending on where you keep it and the water flow at the dock...

i kept a brand new boat with no bottom paint in the water in Key West for 3 years. Lived on a high flow canal right off the open water...I pulled it out every so often (for hurricanes in the summer... and a little more often in the winter) and would scrub the bottom where needed when it was in...but it was ok and the stain would clean up with toilet bowl cleaner... I’d only get tiny barnacles after a month or so.
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You had a typo, you meant 3M scrub pads daily or every other day to keep growth down.
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Typical THT replys, you're gonna sink it.

Can't tell for sure without photo of wife.
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Don't paint the bottom.
Run your hand across the bottom after a week. If you feel barnacles starting to grow, clean it.
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Just paint the bottom - its a boat.
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Won't extended time in the water cause blistering?
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How about one of those ultrasonic devices?
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You are better off renting a trailer and pulling it every 4 or 5 days. And yes you will have small barnacle growth after 5 days, but it will be easy to pressure wash off or scrub with a soapy towel.
I had my boat in the water for 6 days in NC during the Big Rock and pulled it out on the first layday we took. There was small barnacles on the hull even after running hard every day!

Wait fifteen days, and you will have to get out a scraper and you will have a mess.
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The cost of pulling your boat once a week for the entire summer....yikes..

Just paint the bottom, its a boat, and a fairly large one at that. You're going to stress yourself out and put alot more work on you to work with no bottom paint rather than just painting it and enjoying the boat.
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Did 15 days last summer. The growth was crazy in 2 weeks. Would think scotch brite would scuff the hell out of the bottom.
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Yea, my boat sits on a jet dock and for the most part it stays out of the water. But, there is a small area, right at the plug that seems to sit (ever so slightly) in the water - and when you pull the boat you can see it immediately. One of the biggest downsides to saltwater boating is the constant fight with barnacles and other parasites that attach themselves to your boat.

I've always wondered - let's say you had a big ship that wasn't bottom painted and stayed in the water. If you ran the boat 24/7, would things still latch on? (I'm assuming they would.) At what speed would you have to run constantly, to ensure nothing attached to the hull..?

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