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Old 12-18-2008, 01:13 PM
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I just got a quote from a yard where I usually have my boat hauled to soda blast the bottom. $1875.00. This sounds like they may be trying to bend me over....I have never had a boat soda blasted, so I can't say for sure. I do know they are using a 3rd party to do the blasting, so they have at least a 10% markup in this quote. Not too many folks do soda blasting in SC, so it took awhile to find an outfit that has done this and knows what they are doing.
As a comparison, they quoted me half again this price to sand off the bottom paint. If you take that into consideration, it doesn't sound like a bad deal.
The boat is 30' LOA with a 10'11" beam. Anyone out there had this done to something similar so I can determine if this is on the up and up?
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I recently had a 28TJason downeast Lobster hull which probably has more bottom surface than yours(4 ft draft , full skeg and barn door rudder) and I paid 800.They did a nice job too,Peter
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I would say they are trying to bend you over. If this was a few years ago when blasting was just really getting started maybe but now it should be under $1000 I would say. See if you can find other companies that also do this it could just be the average price up your way but I feel like they are trying to gouge you.
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the soda guy around here gets about $35-40 per foot, charged by length of paint and the beam added as well.
A mixed media blaster gets less, $25 per foot- so you may want to get the mixed media versus the soda.

They also do not move the stands or blocks, at least none of them around here do.

Geography plays a part, if there is a area saturated with soda blasters they might get more competitive and start charging less, if there is a one man band in town he is going to get what he feels he should be getting paid.
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also check if the yard's price included sanding the bottom of the boat when the blaster gets done.
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FCMarine,
My first reaction was that he's trying to stick it to me. But there are no other soda blasting outfits in the area for me to shop...I found a couple of outfits who do sand blasting, and they said they could use baking soda as a medium instead of sand. The only problem with that is I do not want them to learn on my boat.
Raybo, by your math, the price they are asking is within reason considering their mark-up. I will check to see if any other work is included--they did mention a couple of hours to tent off the hull, but I didn't ask if that was included in the quote.

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For perspective, I paid $2100 to have a Jupiter 31 done. Total time spent blasting: 3 hours.
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Does it take it all the way down to the gell coat?
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I recently had a 28TJason downeast Lobster hull which probably has more bottom surface than yours(4 ft draft , full skeg and barn door rudder) and I paid 800.They did a nice job too,Peter
That sounds reasonable. Something Im looking to do too. Any Chance you want to add the guys name here? Free advertising for a job well doen is a good thing. Im in the NE too and could trailer to him.
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I paid about 600 for a 23 Seacraft. They used soda. Did not leave as deep of marks as sand would. The hardest part is sanding and fairing it back out, Of course that is what I did because I repainted it with Awlgrip. I would leave it rough if I were going to put bottom paint back on it.. Also they moved the jacks. This guy is in Morehead City, NC

Tried the stripper and scraping. Thats for the birds. Definatly worth the $$$$
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I paid $35 a foot only becuase it was the off season.
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$800 for a 27' LOA 10"Beam that was one year ago, best $ I spent on the boat in a long time.
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such huge price differences!

are these all SODA or mixed media prices?
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My boat lives on the trailer I would love to remove the bottom paint and get it back to gel coat. But I don't know if I want to risk having it blasted and don't want it down for most of the summer being stripped and sanded. I think the bottom paint is ugly and unneeded for a trailer boat.
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I used EAST COAST SODA BLAST,Owners name is Shawn Nestor,Ill get you the number,Peter
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1Mainiac - 12/19/2008 7:00 PM

My boat lives on the trailer I would love to remove the bottom paint and get it back to gel coat. But I don't know if I want to risk having it blasted and don't want it down for most of the summer being stripped and sanded. I think the bottom paint is ugly and unneeded for a trailer boat.
this is a one week project, 2 at the most............... of course thats when you "getaroundtoit"
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I recently had a 28TJason downeast Lobster hull which probably has more bottom surface than yours(4 ft draft , full skeg and barn door rudder) and I paid 800.They did a nice job too,Peter
That sounds reasonable. Something Im looking to do too. Any Chance you want to add the guys name here? Free advertising for a job well doen is a good thing. Im in the NE too and could trailer to him.
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Raybo Marine NY - 12/20/2008 5:31 AM

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My boat lives on the trailer I would love to remove the bottom paint and get it back to gel coat. But I don't know if I want to risk having it blasted and don't want it down for most of the summer being stripped and sanded. I think the bottom paint is ugly and unneeded for a trailer boat.
this is a one week project, 2 at the most............... of course that's when you "getaroundtoit"
Probably but I have old mechanics disease severe tendentious and carpel tunnel in both hands. So would take me a long time to do or else will have to pay for the work. I am forced to work with my head rather than my hands for last few years.
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I just paid $1900 for a 41 ft LOA.

Included travel, and the actual cost of the soda blast.
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I received a quote of 35 per foot plus 150 set-up 25 parker

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