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Old 04-12-2021, 07:16 AM
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Default Trying to strip and bottom paint a boat on trailer?

My new to me 2001 Edgewater 185 needs new bottom paint. I'm more than willing to do the work myself (sorta) but getting the boat off the trailer and on to blocking makes me feel very nervous. Is it possible to jack up one side of the hull just to get it off one bunk one at a time and is it practical or frowned apon? Additionally do most DIY guys use a chemical strippers or just scrape and sand. It sounds like chem strippers would create far less dust and it sound easier than scraping and sanding. I'm going to try a little scraping and sanding and try a small patch with a chem stripper and see how that goes. If all else fails I'll have the job done by someone whose business it is but the monies saved by doing it myself would go a long way to buying a needed combo Fish finder chart plotter unit. Side note... How many Benjamins approximately to have a pro (or seasonal detailer) do the work properly on an18.5ft boat?
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:18 AM
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I can tell you that Baert Marine in Middleton charges $30 per foot..parts included.
Old 04-12-2021, 02:38 PM
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Have a Edgewater 225CC, in South New Jersey I've gotten prices between $30-38 per ft, for blasting the bottom. problem I'm running into is these guys don't get back to you
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There is a way to do it yourself. Back the boat up to a tree or something sturdy. Tie the boat transom to it. Drive forward sliding the trailer out from under the boat. Install blocks(cribbing) under the back. continue driving forward till the trailer is almost clear of the boat and then install cribbing under the front of the boat. I cut the top 12'' blocks the contour of my hull so no boat stands needed. When your done back the trailer up and winch the trailer under the boat while backing up, removing the blocks as you go. I sometimes use a large floor jack to raise or lower the boat depending on how it goes. When its back on the trailer sand and paint the spots that were under the cribbing. Im doing it now. I would pay someone but as stated above, you cant get anybody to even call you back.
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I rented one of those contraptions for lifting engines out of cars. It came with wheels and trailer hitch so I could tow it home. I then used it to first lift the stern off the bunks to do the bottom and then the bow.
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https://www.westmarine.com/buy/brown...of-4--16687667

Your boat is small and dry weight just over 1 ton. I would just block it to access more surface than trying to work around the trailer. It's pretty easy to get the trailer out from under a small boat. For a newbie, may be easier with a second set of eyes while you're adjusting and blocking
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What about two boat stands on a side (if the boat sits high enough on the trailer)? Just do one side at a time.

Theoretically the stands take the place of the bunk... as the op said it just needs to go high enough to get a roller under there. I have been wondering the same thing for my boat.
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I used to paint the bottom of my 21 Regulator on the trailer. Trailer had bunks. I would paint everything exposed and then using a 4 foot 4x4, some blocks and a hydraulic jack, jack up one side paint then the other side. Too old for such crap now - just pay the boat yard . . . but it can be done. Trailer gets spattered too unless covered etc. No fun.
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. If you have bunks put 6x6 block between them and boat.your paint roller now has enough room to roll the bottom gap you have made.
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OP, I paid to get my old bottom paint blasted off. $500 to blast bottom off. Lots have mentioned with the chemicals and labor it was not worth it on other thread. You can also use an orbital sander that had the vacuum pouch and sand with 80 grit. Since you want to remove old first, I suggest blocking the boat so you are not messing the trailer up. If you just want to paint over it, you can lift one side at a time off the bunks, paint and let it dry. Maybe keep it simple this season, just paint over it and go enjoy your boat. 👍

To do the whole job on my 21’ CC ranged from $1300-$2500. $1300 was with my own barrier coat and paint. This time of year boat yards are probably 3-4 weeks booked. Good luck and keep us posted.
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If the boat is a candidate for a bottom job, it is a candidate for a bottom job. No sanding will ever get it back to original.

What’s the condition of the trailer? If it is crappy then any approach will work. If it is nice and new, well nothing would annoy me more then to cover it with paint etc

If it was me and the bottom is as bad as I suspect it is, I’d leave it alone splash and use it and focus my energy on getting on a list to get blasted in the coming fall/winter and start fresh

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Look on youtube, a lot of different ways to do it. I drop hitch, put blocks under transome then use a bottle Jack to raise hitch. Drop tongue wheel, then Jack up bow a few inchs. I keep trailer in place, so if it should slip, it’s only a few inchs
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Try some of that what could go wrong?
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Here you go: https://boatstands.com/product/trail...ted-boat-lift/

not very cost effective for single use, but over muliple seasons or when shared with friends or rented out...
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I painted mine as best I could on the trailer. Brought it to my small marina where the slung it in the travel left. I was able to hit everything I missed on the trailer. Left it slung overnight and launched the next day.

This year I'm going to just hit the waterline and the stem. Paint still looks good.
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These work real well.


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Does it need just new bottom paint or a complete strip and repaint? New bottom paint is easily done with the jack up on the trailer method, complete strip and paint should be on stands
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I have done a 23ft Dusky multiple times on a trailer. I usually just sand it down to thin it out but not all the way to the gel coat. Make sure you have a good respirator. I then get what I can without jacking it up and at the end, lift it slightly just so I can slip a roller under the bunks. I will usually get some paint on the trailer but who needs a pretty trailer?
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Thanks guys. I've checked out the boat and trailer a little more closely and it looks like I can quite easily jack up one side at a time to at the very least get some bottom paint on where the bunks rest.
I have never blocked up a boat or tried pulling off to the trailer but the way my luck runs the boat will be lying on its side in my uneven brick driveway. Definitely not the thing to do before the boats maiden voyage with me as owner. It looks like I've got a layer or three of ablative paint on top of a hard paint. I tried stripping a 1 ft square patch using a household paint remover. It worked beautifully in a couple of seconds getting me down to the hard paint but not down to the glass. I then simply rinsed and scrubed the area with a green pad. Now after a little bit of research I find that that is a big No-No and that I need to buy $100 a gallon paint remover instead of $7 a quart paint remover. One thing I'm learning is that if it comes from a marine shop where is destined to be used on a boat everything cost a fortune. I picked up six grease nipples yesterday and almost dropped my drawers when he said they were $6 a piece. I'm working with the wallet that has limits so I'm trying to cut corners without cutting quality too much. Thanks guys

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