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wet slip

I am getting a wet slip this year for my 16ft day sailor, just had a child and need to be able to get on the water faster and easier. It's a fiberglass hull, so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on care and maintenance due to leaving it in the water. Thanks
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Re: wet slip

Bottom paint! if it have a swing keel or C/B also be sure it's not binding. The slot can get full of marine growth very quickly, so you want to be sure the it's raised and dropped often.

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Re: wet slip

Just be aware that depending on the quality of the layup you may get osmosis blisters. They are fairly common on boats that were intended as trailer sailors and end up being wet sailed. They are easy to repair, and if done right, they don't come back. It is just a bit more work to care for a wet sailed boat.

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Re: wet slip

There are also dingy parks that offer very quick launching. I think I would find that preferable, if available. No bottom paint, no center board issues, mast stays up. I sailed that way several seasons.

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