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Old 05-19-2016, 04:52 AM
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Hi all, purchasing a new boat and will be keeping it in a well behind the house (fresh water). Was hoping to avoid using bottom paint preferring to keep the bottom white. What are the alternatives if any? I've heard folks say pull it out and wax twice a year. I've heard there are clear paints etc. Any and all info is appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Qthush View Post
Hi all, purchasing a new boat and will be keeping it in a well behind the house (fresh water). Was hoping to avoid using bottom paint preferring to keep the bottom white. What are the alternatives if any? I've heard folks say pull it out and wax twice a year. I've heard there are clear paints etc. Any and all info is appreciated.
Since you are keeping it in the water, I suggest getting it bottom painted. There are many different colors including white so should be nice and clean. Good luck!
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If it's fresh water with no chance of barnacles, you'll be facing discoloration and algae. I don't think wax will fix that, but a pressure washer and then something like On & Off will. But you're going to lose performance and look like crap when the algae is growing.
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Waxing will do nothing except clean it thoroughly. The wax will be gone pretty quickly due to the friction of the water. Fresh water will tend, though, to create blistering problems...so you might want to consider a barrier coat. I used something called "SCATT" for a while, not as a barrier coat but to slow down the growth of algae and other undesirables. It worked a little bit but not much. I tried to haul the boats every 6 weeks or so to clean the bottom with MaryKate "on/off," and had a brush to clean stuff off if I was at a beach.

I DID have blistering problems on a 1996 Stingray which had no barrier coat nor bottom paint in fresh water. A friend also had blistering problems on a 2005 Regal stored in the same location. I did not have any blistering problems on a 1990 Sea Ray.
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Appreciate your answers all. Just spoke with my neighbor who owns a very nice Everglades Center Console. He's had the boat for two years sitting in the well during the summer behind his house. I asked him how he was able to pull it off without having to paint his bottomt and low and behold I found out he uses a product called VS721. He swears by it. Says he pulls it out once a season and reapplies it. Looking at his boat ready to go in its as clean as they come. Think I'll be going that route as well.
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Waxing will do nothing to protect. I had a lift kept boat for 8 years. I waxed it the first year, and it was gone after one or two uses. As was mentioned you need to protect it against blistering. From what I have seen, fresh water will also stain.

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