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Gluing the fabric down is a great idea - saves all that sewing (which I can't do anyway!)

Just out of curiosity, why did you go to all the trouble of slitting noodles instead of simply using pipe insulation?

Also, how did you rig things up to get a straight cut from end to end? I've always found cutting any kind of tubing without having the cut wind around the tube a bit is very difficult without some sort of jig.
Why noodles instead of pipe insulation? Because I like Big Uns! :-)
The new pool noodles are available in 3" dia. They will also add a bit of flotation. This old fiberglass has no flotation chambers built in.

As for cutting the slit, a simple knife cut works fine. I admit that my first try had a bit of a spiral to it but I paid closer attention to the second one and it came out fine.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Quick question to the experienced sailors: I purchased a columbia and it needs bottom paint (has it but it's ugly and weathered). This year I'm going to keep it close to home, in a fresh water lake in Kentucky and I wanted to know if their is an inexpensive alternative to bottom paints to get me through this season. I plan on getting her seaworthy over fall and winter, and setting sail for the Caribbean early 2014.

Advice for the new guy would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The cheapest way would be to not paint it at all. There is probably some left over from last season. Will probably get a good growth of whatever grows in your lake. Pressure wash and scrape it all off in the fall. However, if it was me, I would just go ahead and get some bottom paint on. Just a quick rough sanding, and slop it on there.
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Quick question to the experienced sailors: I purchased a columbia and it needs bottom paint (has it but it's ugly and weathered). This year I'm going to keep it close to home, in a fresh water lake in Kentucky and I wanted to know if their is an inexpensive alternative to bottom paints to get me through this season. I plan on getting her seaworthy over fall and winter, and setting sail for the Caribbean early 2014.

Advice for the new guy would be greatly appreciated!
I would start a new thread.
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I would start a new thread.
Therapy 23...still new tot he forum, and haven't exactly got the "new thread" thing figured out; however, don't seem to understand why you feel the question didn't fit the thread "Low buck projects?"
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Fortis,

This thread is kind of about finished cheapskate special projects. Bottom paint is simply regular maintenance. That having been said, as Barq suggests, either just sail it - you can give it a quick clean nice a month while its in the water - or slap some quick and easy paint on there . Bottomkote XXX would do nicely and is affordable.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

a couple of quarts of bottomkote is less than $90, add in $10 worth of drywall sanding screens and a couple of days of gruntwork and your bottom is ready to go.
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Therapy 23...still new tot he forum, and haven't exactly got the "new thread" thing figured out; however, don't seem to understand why you feel the question didn't fit the thread "Low buck projects?"
Becaus this thread really isn't about asking new questions, it's about people showing off their handiwork (aka low buck projects).
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I guess it is because the thread is directed toward those that have done a "low buck" project and are showing it off.

There are a lot of threads on bottom paint.

Usually someone with a question goes to the area, like maintenance, and starts a new thread. (Up in the top left is a button for new thread).

Then the specific question (or answer, or whatever) is presented and others can give their input on that particular idea/problem.

A lot of times in a thread there is a tangent begun that takes the thread off track from the original question. It can go far, far away and no longer applies to the original idea or thought. It is termed "thread drift". A thread about a small outboard not starting can end up being all about replacing fuel tanks. Someone looking for info on tanks may never find it because it is not really "there".

Not trying to bully. Just trying to be explanatory.

Welcome to Sailnet. There is a lot here.
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