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Suggestions for polishing Gelcoat at the dock?
My new-to-me boat arrived at the yard yesterday and should be put in the water Friday afternoon. The boat is in pretty good shape, only being 5 years old. However, it spent those 5 years in SoCal so there is a bit of UV induced oxidation on the hull. I frankly wouldn't be concerned about it, but it is obvious when the old vinyl lettering is removed.
The problem is that the boat yard won't allow any washing, polishing, waxing of the hull. The environmental regulations are tough enough and the yard cheap enough, that they simply won't allow it unless you are paying them to do the work and then also pay to have the water treated and disposed of.
So, I'm stuck until I get to boat to the dock. The problem is that while I can easily wash the boat at the dock, polishing and then waxing the hull will be a real pain. I can do just the area when the old name was, but then I'll have some really shiny areas on the hull surrounded by just clean areas.
Any suggestions on what others have done in the past?
M/V Kinship, North Pacific 43
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328