How much does a typical bottom paint job cost? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 03-03-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
venturousviking is on a distinguished road
How much does a typical bottom paint job cost?

The title has my main question, now a little background. My first boat which I bought last year is a Capri 18. I thought I would trailer it for the rest of its life since it is a small boat. Its almost 20 years old but has never had bottom paint since it has been dry stored. I kept it on the lake for about three days and discovered how nice it was not to have to step the mast and rig it so now I rented a slip to keep my boat there. There do not seem to be many places around my area that works on sailboats so when I called a couple of places to find how much a bottom paint job cost it was 900-1000 dollars. That seems a little steep to me. These prices included hoist fees and VC17(VC17 is what everyone around here at Kentucky lake likes) paint. Does that price sound about right for an 18 foot boat?


Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 03-03-2008
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
That's really steep, considering it is an 18' boat. If you have a trailer for it... paint it yourself. You could probably do the bottom of that boat in a day.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 03-03-2008
jackytdunaway's Avatar
'87 Pearson 27'
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 513
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 9
jackytdunaway is on a distinguished road
I learned to sail on an 18' Chrysler and it stayed in the water all the time tied to a pier. It never had bottom paint. a few times a year we would haul and clean the bottom.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 03-03-2008
chucklesR's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
Posts: 5,979
Thanks: 10
Thanked 31 Times in 31 Posts
Rep Power: 10
chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough
First time painting? Do it yourself. Painting a trailered boat is easy. All you need are a brush or two,a gallon or so of paint, some de-waxing cleaner, some 150-180 grit sandpaper, painters tape etc..

Strike off (Line) your water line (this is the hard part) level and correctly - within a inch of so of the actual line it floats at (usually marked by dirt stains). If you have a boot strip already on your boat paint up to 1 inch below the boot stripe. Leave the 1 inch area as bare fiberglass - it just looks better.

Dewax and clean the bottom - Thoroughly. Even on a used older boat this is necessary.

Sand lightly to give 'tooth' to the bottom.

Paint at least 3 coats, brush and roller. Probably 2 gallons total.

Move the boat back and forth using the winch to get at the spots covered by the trailer rollers.

Use a hard paint, non-ablative (VC 17 is good) - that way when you pull the boat you can clean it off with a brush and it can be multi-season.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 03-03-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Adirondack Mountains
Posts: 136
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
lharmon is on a distinguished road
Sailingdog is spot on. A small amount of sweat and you'll save a bundle. Read whatever paint you buy instructions and follow them to the letter. You may need a special cleaner for the hull since it has never had bottom paint on it. If there is a local favorite paint, chances are it works good. The application is fairly simple, mask off your topsides and roll on the bottom paint. Don Casey's "This Old Boat" can walk you through the steps. And of course many members here will be ready to assist as well.

Do it yourself. It is easier than painting a closet in a home.

Good luck.

LH
__________________
It's better to have your enemies inside your tent pissing out than outside your tent pissing in...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 03-03-2008
T37Chef's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,312
Thanks: 73
Thanked 38 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 9
T37Chef will become famous soon enough
$10-$15 per foot around here for a quick sand and one coat of paint.

Are you sure they are not stripping the bottom first, then maaaaaaaaybe I could see $1000.

If you do take it down to the gel coat, do one or two coats in one color, then the last coat in another color. This helps to show when its time to re paint
__________________
Cheers,
Shawn & the crew of S/V Windgeist

1982 Tartan 37 CB - Hull #358


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 03-03-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
venturousviking is on a distinguished road
I guess the biggest barrier to me painting the boat myself is the area under the bunks. I do not have rollers on my trailer. I have read a thread somewhere about someone using the trailer jack to get the boat off the bunks. This boat does sit really high up though if anyone is not familiar with how a capri 18 sits on a trailer. I think after reading a few of the replies all of you have convinced me to do it myself. Hell, I guess I might learn something along the way. Any advice on getting the boat off the bunks just enough to paint it? I can't paint it at the marina so it will have to be at my house. Thanks in advance for any threads or advice any of you might be able to give me...


Thanks...

Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 03-03-2008
chucklesR's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
Posts: 5,979
Thanks: 10
Thanked 31 Times in 31 Posts
Rep Power: 10
chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough
Know anyone with jack stands?
Those are the stands with a tripod base holding up the boats at the marina.
Can you rent them from the marina - most will rent them.

You put jack stands under your boat and literally screw them up a little on each at a time, raising the boat a couple inches. Use a stack of 2x4's or a big block until the keel when done to help hold the boat.

Your manual - or owners group should be able to tell you where the lift points are - to prevent punching thru or cracking the hull.

gee, that might scare you, but people do it all the time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 03-03-2008
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I used a 6x6 section resting on a hydraulic car jack to lift the stern of my boat to reposition the boat stands for when I was painting it, and my boat is a lot bigger than yours is... 28' LOA x 18' BEAM.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 03-03-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
venturousviking is on a distinguished road
No go on the jack rentals...It's not really a sailboat marina but there are lots there. Like I said before the boat really does set high off the ground while on the trailer. I would be up for buying a boat jack stand if anyone thinks its possible to use just one to lift the bow up then the stern to be able to get it high enough to paint under the bunks.


Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Confessions of a bottom feeder PracticalSailor Gear and Maintenance Articles 9 06-18-2008 05:33 PM
bottom paint flyingdiva Gear & Maintenance 4 02-13-2005 12:40 PM
The Bottom Paint Blues Don Casey Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 06-22-2003 09:00 PM
Bottom Job question(s) rookie00 Gear & Maintenance 19 03-19-2003 04:01 AM
Removing Bottom Paint Dan Dickison Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-23-2001 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:25 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.