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Old 10-28-2020, 04:21 PM
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Default Boat lift vs. bottom paint

Hi all. Looking for some advice. I am getting a new boat. I live on the water (brackish), and I kept my old boat in the water with bottom paint. I never had an issue over the 5 years I owned the boat. I know the overwhelming majority would say a lift is better as bottom paint diminishes resale value and may reduce performance. However, a lift is very expensive up front, and I like not obstructing my view and the convenience of having the boat in the water so I can just go. I take the boat out of the water every 6 months to either pressure clean the bottom or re-paint (when it's necessary). Other than the re-sale and performance aspects, is there any other good reason to spend the money on a lift? I appreciate and value your feedback.

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10-28-2020, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Spacemaker View Post
Consider that you'll take a haircut of 20% to 30% off the value of the boat if it has bottom paint.
I call BS on that one.

If it were true, people would be buying bottom painted boats, stripping them, and reselling for a 30% profit.
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Honestly I never worry about resale. I care more about using it way I want.

I'd bottom paint it.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Honestly I never worry about resale. I care more about using it way I want.

I'd bottom paint it.
Amen. If I worried about resale I would never buy a car less than 10 years old. Enjoy !!! The boat .
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Normally I would say lift but that's more because it protects the boat from damage during storms or boat wakes etc. If you have already successfully kept a boat in the water in your location then I agree with the other posts - paint it and use it.
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I don't care about resale, but having a boat on a lift is much more convenient. You don't have to worry about fouling/bottom paint, you care very little about zincs, you don't need fenders or mooring whips -- it just simplifies life. I can handle waiting 60 seconds for the boat to get down.
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Had my boat in the water (South Florida) since 2007. Bottom paint every year. I seen the problems with boat lifts as I have a friend who has one. Fraying and corrosion of boat lift cables, Boat lift platform issues, noise issues, motor issues, loose brackets, ect… Its a boat, its meant to be in the water.

If you bought a boat with resale in mind, you bought for the wrong reasons. Enjoy it, use it.
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I’ve had boats wet slipped and ones on lifts. The lift is so much more convenient. Boat stays cleaner. I have better access if I need to the underneath for maintenance if needed. No damage from passing boat wakes. No dealing with dock lines. Mine is set up with a remote control and auto stops for high and low positions. Just hit the down button, it’s in the water in a few minutes, and off I go. Coming back in, just pull into the chute, hit up, and walk away.
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My boat stays in a boathouse slung 3' above the water. Keeping it out of the water, sun and weather keeps it looking so good.

My last boat was replaced at 28 years old which made the lift a great investment.
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Consider that you'll take a haircut of 20% to 30% off the value of the boat if it has bottom paint.
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Originally Posted by Spacemaker View Post
Consider that you'll take a haircut of 20% to 30% off the value of the boat if it has bottom paint.
I call BS on that one.

If it were true, people would be buying bottom painted boats, stripping them, and reselling for a 30% profit.
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Resale is definitely a factor. If nothing else, the lift kept boat will get sold in a fraction of the time a boat in the same condition with bottom paint will move. Sold my lift kept CC in 13 days, while boats in similar price range were on the market much longer. Granted, my boat was pristine, (but did have high hours) and having it on a lift for 8 years allowed me to keep it in that condition. Even our 2004 17' Whaler Montauk is on a Can-Dock, completely out of the water. Had it in for winterization/service last week and the Tech made a point of catching up to me while I hooked up the boat to the trailer to take it back to my shop for storage. His comment, "man that thing is well kept. It's like new". Again, it is 16 years old. I don't miss one bit painting the Whaler all these years, or my old CC for 8 years. And as mentioned, both boats (with full covers a lift/Can-Dock allow you to easily install/remove, were able to be kept as new which meant a lot less upkeep on my part. Not much difference in the time it takes to lower or raise a boat vs. untying or securing dock lines. And in all but a hurricane, the boats were worry free. Changed the cables once in 8 years, and they were showing no signs of wear when I did. Also saved on winter storage for my CC, as it stayed on the lift 12 months a year, (with a full Fisher cover in the winter). My lift paid for itself during those 8 years due to the savings on storage fees, and resale.
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How much is a lift ? how much does it cost to have you boat bottom painted over the next 10 years ? I have a larger boat $2,000 year to paint bottom . $20,000 over 10 years . Lift was 10,000 . No Brainer .
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Originally Posted by whatta life View Post
How much is a lift ? how much does it cost to have you boat bottom painted over the next 10 years ? I have a larger boat $2,000 year to paint bottom
Is that with gold leaf??
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no, 38' Our marinas here charge $50 - $60 ft . plus hauling fee . What does your marina charge ? If you are a DIY guy in your driveway with a beer in your hand, painting works . Those that have to pay a marina to do it , lifts in the long run are cheaper.
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Originally Posted by Spacemaker View Post
Consider that you'll take a haircut of 20% to 30% off the value of the boat if it has bottom paint.
BS.
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My boat is bottom painted and wet slipped for 9 years, no worries. Bottom paint lasted over 4 years when it was in brackish water. My canal now is salt so it lasts around 2 to 3 years. I have a diver clean it monthly. A lift would be great, but I hate seeing a big boat blocking my view from my living room. Not worth it in my case. Also, I installed tide slides and my boat stays nice and calm with tides and wind
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I buy a boat for me, not for anyone else. I buy what I want, not what someone else wants. I buy a boat to have fun, relax and enjoy time with friends and family. I don't care about resale. Boats are not an investment for me. If I lose money on resale, I lose money on resale. I am fine with that. But that's me. Do what works for you.
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Try and sell that bottom painted hull down in FL, unless it's a large vessel that needs to stay in this shit water. Keep that crap up north.

Gulf side is high salt content and the water will eat your bottom paint off. 6 years on a covered lift, boat looks as close to new as it gets. Easier to clean and covered from the sun
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I prefer a lift kept boat. Makes maintenance a lot easier and when a storm comes you can raise it up and shut the power off. Insurance may like the lift better too.
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Originally Posted by evanwexler@gmail.com View Post
Hi all. Looking for some advice. I am getting a new boat. I live on the water (brackish), and I kept my old boat in the water with bottom paint. I never had an issue over the 5 years I owned the boat. I know the overwhelming majority would say a lift is better as bottom paint diminishes resale value and may reduce performance. However, a lift is very expensive up front, and I like not obstructing my view and the convenience of having the boat in the water so I can just go. I take the boat out of the water every 6 months to either pressure clean the bottom or re-paint (when it's necessary). Other than the re-sale and performance aspects, is there any other good reason to spend the money on a lift? I appreciate and value your feedback.
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