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Old 05-01-2017, 08:22 PM
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My boat is to heavy to drag it the 45 miles home and the water in my marina is lake water and not drinking water. if the water is muddy than it puts a little stain on my hull. I am not a clean nut about my boat which is why I didn't buy a real expensive boat. My hull has a lot of oxidation that comes back about a week after I wax and buff out the hull. Most of the hulls is white so you can't see it unless you are close up to it.

The boat is stored indoors for the winter and it's not very dirty except for the top side which I clean when the boat is at my dock. It's used exclusively as a fishing boat, I keep my top side clean and the interior clean. Why is it considered necessary to wax your hull every year? What could happen if I don't wash or wax it for 3-4 years?

Now before anyone gives me any crap......I am a fanatic about maintenance and I can't stand anything that is broken so I fix it immediately. I don't cheap out on anything either.

Do any of you guys have a good ol' fishing boat that you don't wash or wax every season?
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I'm told this fellow not only failed to wax his boat yearly, but went so far as to not run his dock lines through the washing machine after each trip! You don't want to be THAT guy...

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My boat is to heavy to drag it the 45 miles home and the water in my marina is lake water and not drinking water. if the water is muddy than it puts a little stain on my hull. I am not a clean nut about my boat which is why I didn't buy a real expensive boat. My hull has a lot of oxidation that comes back about a week after I wax and buff out the hull. Most of the hulls is white so you can't see it unless you are close up to it.

The boat is stored indoors for the winter and it's not very dirty except for the top side which I clean when the boat is at my dock. It's used exclusively as a fishing boat, I keep my top side clean and the interior clean. Why is it considered necessary to wax your hull every year? What could happen if I don't wash or wax it for 3-4 years?

Now before anyone gives me any crap......I am a fanatic about maintenance and I can't stand anything that is broken so I fix it immediately. I don't cheap out on anything either.

Do any of you guys have a good ol' fishing boat that you don't wash or wax every season?
Not waxing your boat might make it tougher to bring the gel coat back to it's original shine, but that's probably it.
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Waxing is for surfboards.
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I think it shows you don't care about the boat.


To me it's part of the maintenance. I don't compound yearly but I do wash and wax. The boat is 23 yo and is not oxidized.
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The gel coat will eventually get hazy, then chalky, and the boat may eventually have to be painted if the oxidation goes too far. As the gel coat oxidizes, it gets more porous, and more porosity makes it harder to bring back with compound and wax.
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Then You get a boat that looks like mine.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:40 AM
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Your boat is stored indoors. IMO waxing is not needed. Wash the hull before you store and you should be fine. My boat is 18 years old and never been waxed and hasn't sunk yet.
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As long as you are OK with it, who cares what other people say.
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Do you ever plan to sell it? If not and if you don't care what it looks like you don't have to wax it.

I look at it like maintanence. The big boat gets waxed from the rub rail up 3 times a year and we try to get the hull at least twice. The hull requires a haul out though. The bay boat it twice a year on the docks. We also have a service that cleans the boats top to bottom every two weeks in their slip.

We just bought a 43 viking open and will be re painting the boat in the fall of this year. The annoyance of not having it shine will bother the hell out of us.

Our previous boats lived under the same kind of schedule and I can tell you when we took out 345 Pursuit to Florida, it was one of the cleanest boats on the market.

Think of it as pride of ownership.
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The gel coat will eventually get hazy, then chalky, and the boat may eventually have to be painted if the oxidation goes too far. As the gel coat oxidizes, it gets more porous, and more porosity makes it harder to bring back with compound and wax.
Yeah, what he said.

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"What if you don't clean and/or wax your hull every season?"

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"We also have a service that cleans the boats top to bottom every two weeks in their slip."

Okay, now I have anxiety....I am contemplating dipping it w/o waxing this year....be gentle guys!! B-)
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I'm told this fellow not only failed to wax his boat yearly, but went so far as to not run his dock lines through the washing machine after each trip! You don't want to be THAT guy...

I heard the same thing. in all seriousness a fishing guide near me runs his 30 year old boat and cleans it with diluted bleach after ever trip. Other than maybe a candle spilling hear and there I don't think much wax has seen the boat.
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Our boat is 17 years old. Every four or five years it gets waxed. Two summers ago I compounded and waxed it. It stays under a barn ninety percent of the time. So it is a little cloudy but not terrible.
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Do whatever you want... but as with most things, and most definitely boats.... I find it's much easier/cheaper to maintain it consistently then to play catch up.
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It's certainly not necessary. But if you put it up for sale, and I came and looked at it, I'm going to assume you treated the engine like you treated the hull.
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