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post #4 of Old 12-17-2012
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Re: To drydock or not?

We dry-slip our boat (Olson 30 on a trailer), and that is by FAR the cheapest and easiest way to sail. Charleston is fairly muddy and barnacles/growth develop significantly within days in warm conditions and maybe a couple of weeks in winter. I just took my boat out of the water after 3 weeks of being tied up to the dock while the trailer was being repaired. It was completely covered in mud/growth (including barnacles) below the waterline, but took about 1 hour to blast everything off with a pressure-washer and scotch-brite pad. If you do wet-slip your boat, you would obviously need anti-fouling paint (and you'd be slower if you race), but ours just has some kind of two-part enamel- probably awlgrip. We plan to sand and repaint the entire bottom and hull this winter, both topsides and bottom, but will always dry slip the boat for all of those reasons.
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