Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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We all have our own definitions since this does not seem to be an equally applied term. My idea of a bottom job is to haul out the boat, block the boat, pressure wash the bottom, examine for blisters, scrapes or other damage to the barrier coat and if any damage is found repair it, sand the old bottom paint, clean the prop and shaft, clean out the thru-hulls, mask the boot stripe, spot in any bare spots, paint one coat at the waterline and leading edges of the keel and rudder and then apply two coats of bottom paint. In the days before awlgrip or gelcoat bootstripes, a bottom job included painting the boot stripe as well.
Now then I typically have other projects that I do while the boat is out that are not really part of a bottom job. For example, I am slowly replacing the original ball valve type seacocks. At some point I would like to reskin the rudder and replace its bushings, eventually the keel will need to be refaired, at some point I would like to strip the current barrier coat and recoat the bottom, and that type of thing.