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I trailered for five years without bottom paint and left my boat in the water for 5-6 weeks at a time before hauling and cleaning and then rewaxing and back in the water for another 5-6 weeks. It is a dirty sweaty job but I liked a clean waxed bottom while trailering. I now have it in the water full time ecept for annual haul and clean so I epoxied & bottom painted it.
If I was to always trailer I would never bottom paint.
The bottom paint will will hold up fine against the trailer bunks if the boat is held secure in one place with no sliding motions.
A week or two at a time in the water is not worth painting for IMHO.
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If you lent $500 to a friend who left town forever and stiffed you for the 500 clams, would you have to skip meals, miss paying bills and risk eviction and/or car repo?
If so, walk away from this boat. If not, what the hell are you waiting for?
Ensenadas are like the girls in high school who never got asked out much. They ain't real pretty, but they're acheap date, and they're happy for any attention you give 'em.
Yeah, anti-fouling is good. boats sail better without beards. your boat's bottom should not look like the ZZ Top.
Blisters are not a worry on a boat that age, but delamination and soft coring is.
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What you need to watch for is bottom paint that will become inert if it is not kept in the water. The paint can label will tell you how long it can be left out of water and still retain anti-fouling properties.

You might consider VC Performance Epoxy. It will give you a good, very hard finish for underwater applications. It is not anti-fouling, however. It would be a good choice for a boat that is generally kept on a trailer. You won't have to worry about the trailer bunks wearing it off for a long time.
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Wow, some really good advice. Thanks guys.

I'm really excited about this boat now.

Thanks again.
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She was built in 1975. Why the 1990 cut off date?

When I looked at her she was completely dry on the inside in the bilge and it was a rainy day so I think thats a good sign too.
That is a very good sign that she is dry. As for the cut off date, i have been told boats built prior to 1990 can suffer with osmosis. Can some-one please correct me if i am wrong. It all helps wih the learning curve for myself!
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Too late I've just bought her!!!!!

Duh!
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Well congratulations!

I was going to add, check the centerboard function as I believe these have iron keels. There are several folks who own Ensenada 20s over on the Trailer Sailor BB (Trailer Sailor Discussion Forum - Message Index) including one or two who have done some refurbishing including the keel.
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Thank was a joke!!!

That was a joke, unless I was planning to use her as a tender on the 42ft sailboat that I'm rebuilding.
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That is a very good sign that she is dry. As for the cut off date, i have been told boats built prior to 1990 can suffer with osmosis. Can some-one please correct me if i am wrong. It all helps wih the learning curve for myself!

It's a boat by boat, location by location, builder by builder proposition. Maintenance history is what it's all about. A specific date is a little like holding up your finger in the wind and predicting next week's weather.

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