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Bottom Paint needed?

The boat I currently have (34' Seafarer) was in storage for several years when I got it. The bottom is bare (as in no paint) and there are no blemishes/blisters visable. I plan on putting it in the water (fresh) the end of July and pulling it the end of October.
My question is - do I need to apply bottom paint prior to splashing her?
What are the problems I may encounter if I don't paint it?
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If it's only going to be in the (fresh) water for a few months, I would opt for an antifouling wax myself.
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Not sure about the Great Lakes area, but any boat that sits in sea water for three months without bottom protection will end up looking like a living reef.

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I am not familiar with Antifouling wax as mentioned above, but since you are located in the Great Lakes Region and I believe you will be on either L Michigan or Huron and August- September are usualy when we get the warmest water, you will need some protection.

If not, you will have a lot of slime build up even in that short period of time in my opinion.

I would go with some VC-17 like most do in this area. It will be a bit expensive, but its very easy to work with. If you bottom is currently bare, make sure you do the proper prep work that is required for bare fiberglass. Read the can carefuly.

It might seem like a lot of work now for such a short time, but when you are ready to splash next year it will be a piece of cake. VC is very easy to work with and will simply require you to reapply next year. Very little work is needed between seasons.

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You will need some sort of treatment...paint or wax, otherwise, the bottom of your boat will be an excellent medium for aquaculture.

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Thank you all for the quick responses! I'm tempted to try the wax to see how well it works...but I will probably just use the anti-fouling paint as I already have 2 gallons of it.

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My question is - do I need to apply bottom paint prior to splashing her?
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What are the problems I may encounter if I don't paint it?
Slime, Weeds, Zebra Mussels, slower sailing, staining, embarassment, confusion, dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, lack of libido, genetic confusion, dismemberment, decapitation, ostracism, schizophrenia, loss of liquidity...

...mind you, some of those may occur if you DO paint the bottom too...

Remember to coat your raw water intake if you have one, as the little zebra mussels like to get in there and can get sucked into the engine...
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Slime, Weeds, Zebra Mussels, slower sailing, staining, embarassment, confusion, dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, lack of libido, genetic confusion, dismemberment, decapitation, ostracism, schizophrenia, loss of liquidity...
Sounds like the interior of my underpants!

Oh...and thanks for the mention of the dreaded Zebra Muscles in the intake. Hadn't thought of that one! I'd like to think the strainer would catch them but I doubt it would catch them all.
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The small ones are very small and float through the water until they find something solid to set up housekeepin' on.
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