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Question Hull Painting

I need some advice.
Is $12,600 too much for painting a 40' sailboat with AwlGrip?
Hull is is fair shape, need some sanding, probably 2 or 3 hours worth.
I think it's too much!
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It depends on what kind of paint job you want. I have awlgripped a few boats and unless a 40' boat is in anything less than perfect shape I would not touch that job for less than 10k with the fairing, priming, filling and repeat the process probably a bigger job than you realize not to mention it might have to be done twice. 3-4 hours, I think you mean 2-3weeks. I don't mean to sound like an AH but I think your way off on your expectations. I wish you the best of luck but there is a need for realizm.
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I have gotten these rates recently in the Boston area: good local shop, $150/foot, premier specialty yard, $200/foot so I would agree the $300/foot for a boat that is not unusually damaged would seem out of line.
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Sounds a bit high... but I also think you're seriously underestimating how much sanding and prep work is involved. The longevity and appearance of a paint job is determined mostly by the preparation that goes into the paint job... the paint itself is actually one of the minor factors... with proper preparation being about 90% of the reason a paint job looks good and lasts a long time.
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A lot depends on how much hull work needs to be done to fair it completely smooth prior to painting. If your quote was given to you AFTER a hull inspection I would assume there is a lot to be done. If it was given to you before hull inspection I would say the price is high for Virginia.
I would expect an 8-10k price quote for a hull not needing more than normal prep work. WHERE in VA are you looking at getting this done??
Suggest you shop around as prices in Annapolis area are a lot higher than other places and there are a couple of robbers in Norfolk too!
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Exclamation Hull Painting

The quote was after an inspection and the marina is in Solomons. I think it is HIGH but don't really have a clue. $300/Ft seem about $100 too high to me. THere is not a lot of prep work to be done and the hull is in reasonable condition. I am going to get a few more quotes and see what I get. Thanks for all the responses. I'll post other quotes.
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Might be cheaper to sail back to the US and have it done ...
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Ummmmm

I think he meant the Solomons in Maryland. About 40 miles south of Annapolis...

FWIW I think that's a little steep. BUT there are a lot of different 40' sailboats out there to the point that one could have twice the surface area as another.
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We were quoted $14,000 to have the hull painted (and chipped transom fixed) by a NOA Marine in St. Pete on our 30'er. Seeing the crappy job they did on just a very overpriced bottom job (they painted over barnacles in the thru-hull), we decided to Awlgrip it ourselves when the boat was out on the hard for a repower at Salt Creek Boatworks in St. Pete. Prep work alone took three days- but I got every little nick filled and repaired the transom myself. It took about 8 days for the priming and painting- sanding between each coat. We rolled and tipped (takes 2 people), and the end result was awesome! We spent a little over $1,000 on supplies- primer, paint, bottom paint, brushes and rollers, and ended up with a much better paint job than we could have gotten for $14,000. (Oh, and the chipped transom? You can't even tell it was repaired!) Man, but what a job- the engine repower ended up being the easiest part! We had no prior AwlGrip experience either- if you have the time, patience, and want to save $ for other things, you might want to look into doing it yourself. Just my 2 cents....

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I think he meant the Solomons in Maryland. About 40 miles south of Annapolis...
Annapolis is in Nova Scotia - 40 miles south and you're getting to Digby - not the tropics Must be an American atlas you're looking at there huh sonny ????
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