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Old 12-17-2013, 05:27 AM
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Help me out with a little situation. Let's say you just purchased a brand new 26' center console. It looks beautiful, you spent a ton of money on it....

Would you put it on a friends lift that is not super convenient to you or would you bottom paint it and leave it in the water right near you?

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Old 12-17-2013, 05:31 AM
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bottom paint it and leave it in the water right near me
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I would have decided that BEFORE I bought it.
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Originally Posted by Out-2-Sea View Post
bottom paint it and leave it in the water right near me
x2. You will get more use out of the boat.

When you sell the boat, it will not be as desirable, but what do you want, better enjoyment out of the boat when you own it, or every last nickel when you sell it.
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Leave it in the water...you will use it much more.
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LOL See my signature.....
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bottom paint it and leave it in the water right near me


Use the damn boat, life is to short go have some fun!!

Get some blood on it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:39 AM
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Depends how "not super convenient" it is. IMHO if you are going to have to leave a boat in the water get a boat you have to leave in the water. Convertible sport fish or the like. This topic has been hashed and rehashed. Bottom paint or not. I am a big not on small boats. Good luck
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
I would have decided that BEFORE I bought it.
Very useful advice for the OP to deal with the issue now that he has ALREADY purchased the boat.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:02 AM
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Boats are meant to be in the water, aren't they?
Easy. Bottom paint and leave it in.
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I've done it both ways and its a heck of a lot easier to hop on throw off few lines and roll. Not to mention if it's closer to you then it will see more use. I'd say bottom paint it and don't look back.
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Bottom paint it and leave it in the water. You will get much more use out of it.
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Try the lift out for a month or two. If you only use the boat once a week or so, it might be worth the (slight?) hassle.

Regardless, I'd try out the lower cost/pain/stigma option before I'd commit to bottom paint. That's just me.

Now, if you plan on (and will) use the boat 4-7 times a week, then the behind-the-house option is WAY more appealing.
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
I would have decided that BEFORE I bought it.
Interesting perspective! I guess you vote for not keeping it in the water. Was a hypothetical question but might be a reality in a few weeks. But I don't think the wet slip vs lift situation would steer us from one boat to another so it doesn't matter if we decide before we buy it. Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm torn because I'd hate to scum up the bottom of a new boat but if it gets used more.....it may be worth it.
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Originally Posted by Pebblenoggin View Post
Try the lift out for a month or two. If you only use the boat once a week or so, it might be worth the (slight?) hassle.

Regardless, I'd try out the lower cost/pain/stigma option before I'd commit to bottom paint. That's just me.

Now, if you plan on (and will) use the boat 4-7 times a week, then the behind-the-house option is WAY more appealing.
x2 on this advice...(-: Best of lick with your new boat. Hope it is all you expected and more!!

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Will you worry about getting blood and scales on it, will you worry about salt water deposits? - it's all part of boating.

Paint it and leave it the water - I'm flummoxed why people have such an issue over bottom paint - yes it's an extra chore to clean and repaint, but if it means you use the boat more, very well worth it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:44 AM
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I recently joined the Lauderdale Small Boat Club. I put bottom paint on my 26' CC and I'm out about twice a week. As mentioned, hop on, pull the lines and you are on your way. When you come back, a quick rinse and flush if you are in a hurry. You then come back the next day for a good cleaning. Great for going out at night with friends up the New River for dinner and drinks, not to mention a quick ride for some fresh fish. It's a no brainer I think and yes, the closer the boat is to you, the more you will stop by to admire your new toy.
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I wouldn't put bottom paint on a brand new boat... I'd get a different boat if I was gonna go that route...
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damn, I cannot conceive of my boat not being wet slipped.

walk down, hop on boat and I am gone.

ten minutes or ten hours, my choice.
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Put a lift in the closer location.
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