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Waxing Topsides and Hull
Practical Sailor did a review on various waxes a few years ago. I believe it appeared in the 6/1/94 issue. Powerboat Reports also had an article (probably the same one as the two periodicals are published by the same outfit) in 1994 which has made it to the web, see: http://www.greatcove.org/read_boat_wax.htm
Collinite Fleetwax paste came out on top. I use Fleetwax 885 paste which holds up for at least a year. Collinite makes several other products which are not necessarily as highly rated as 885.
With regard to cleaners, see the April 1991 and April 1995 issues of Practical Sailor. Both said it was tough to beat Fantastik which is as good as, and less expensive than, other cleaners.
I wax my boat annually. The first step is to use Fantastik and lots of paper towels to get off as much dirt as possible (if you have running water available you can get some dirt off first with soapy water and a brush, but that''s not essential -- most of the dirt won''t wash off). Then, I use a fiberglass rubbing compound and rags to clean any stubborn spots or minor scratches. Then more Fantastik and paper towels. Once the hull is completely clean, I apply the Collinite wax per directions (i.e. apply with moist rag, then when it''s partially dry, buff with a clean cloth).
Last year I bought a 8" power buffer but didn''t find it to be off that much help. The deck has too many curves, and its not easy to use on the hull when the boat is in the water.
It''s a lot of work on my 33 footer, but split it up over several nice sunny days and it''s pleasant work. I estimate it takes 8-10 hours of work per year.