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Old 07-02-2013
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General maintenance questions - hulls and paint etc

For a fiberglass boat kept in fresh water....
How often to haul out? And why...
Must one pressure wash off all the bio-accumulation? Other than diminished speed is there a reason to ever do this? will hull become damaged?
How often to repaint? and why?
In order to repaint, must all old paint be sanded off?

What is the downside of not repainting.... other than the obvious cosmetic issues? I have a friend who is a very experienced sailor that told me he doesn't see any obvious reason to repaint at all when keeping a boat in fresh water.

Pros/cons of gelcoat vs. paint?

Thanks! Having a great summer on the Kent Ranger 24... Don't want to spend any time with the boat out of the water.
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