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Old 02-26-2017, 05:31 PM
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Is there anything to put on the bottom of a fiberglass boat to protect it from a season docked in freshwater? Not looking to bottom paint
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:45 PM
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There are a few waxes which might help when you clean the algea off, but not much out there. The more frequent you pull it out, the easier it is to clean.
Lifts and hoists are getting more popular.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:54 PM
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the algae in fresh water grows pretty slow and is easy to scrub. We left one in the water the intire summer season for a couple of years and would just hit it with a brush every time we went out, we were on it once a week. It was pretty clean when we finally pulled it after the season was over. I will admit we missed some spots near the rudder that had some pretty bad growth but it was much easier to get that off than even 2 weeks of barnacle growth in salt water.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:03 PM
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OK thanks guys. I guess I'll put a good coat of wax on it and see what happens this fall
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:24 PM
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If the boat is going to be docked a coat of wax will not protect it...you need bottom paint.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:28 PM
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OK thanks guys. I guess I'll put a good coat of wax on it and see what happens this fall
Wax? Your wasting your time. After 1 or 2 times out that wax will be long gone Plenty of boats moored in fresh water. At the end of the season go to the dollar store and get toilet bowl cleaner and scrub the bottom. The slime will come off.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:46 PM
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Is this going to be a one time thing? If so, you will probably be ok with it naked, but keep in mind hills blister in fresh water just like they do in salt. I'm gambling if it's once, but you are just delaying the inevitable if you plan to keep it wet season after season. In that case a lift or bottom are your only good options.
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:00 AM
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I live on a fresh water lake in Florida, and it is one of the cleanest lakes in Florida, You still need some protection to leave it in for a long time, from stains and algae growth. Most lake water his acidic now days and will pit stainless steel. Some how. maybe a Google search for a fresh water boat stored in a lake might be worth a try surly some manufacture is making a product that might be good for fresh water without painting the bottom.
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:37 AM
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If the boat is going to be docked a coat of wax will not protect it...you need bottom paint.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:51 AM
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My buddies hull blistered in fresh water. May want to contact the manufacturer.

Outside of that it cleaned up easily with acid.
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