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You could barrier coat her yourself. The most difficult part of prepping a boat for bottom painting and barrier coating is the stripping, which I just completed. I went with sodablasting and have been making some repairs and fairing the hull. The barrier coat will cost me about $300 for the materials and supplies. Then I'll be using a hard-epoxy anti-fouling.
It either costs money, or time invested. I had quotes for doing the work and they were about $6000 for the whole deal—stripping, sanding, barrier-coating, bottom painting. However, doing it myself, I feel like it will be done better than if I had paid for it to be done.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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