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You are going to laugh, but I used regular old turtle wax, compound, polish, and wax, and the quality of the job was indistinguishable from some of these guys that laud the poly-glow. Granted, I put elbow-grease in to do it... My point? I think the brand is less an issue than the labor put in to make it right.

Because I painted my Capri 25, it's hardly a good example... but my Capri 22... it had a chalky gelcoat... Here it is before.

Here it is after compound, polish, and wax:


You decide... Honestly I think its more about the labor.
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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

EXACTLY I got great results doing the time tested methods however Ill be low on time this project so I want something that s 2 or 3 steps versus 5-6! jajaja

turtle wax is fine for me...how did you prep the sides? simple green, bleach or just a fast wash?

thanks man

mpre pics to come

natural black protection jajaja


industrial bilge pump action(I calculate there was in total 30 galons of water, first time I went there water was above the floor boards...the hull was sitting low at the bow by 3 inches and overall about 2...


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oh I also have a full suit of lifevests, gloves, and 2 anchors and rode!

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pinesol bucket cleanse(yes this is a new diet jajaja)


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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

WELL THE BOAT SAILS AND IS PLENTY FAST!

even with a dirty bottom and no haulout we were doing great out there and she sails like a dream

feels better than the j24 I used to sail all the time down south...

pics to come

ps. we completely bleached the hull inside and out and its miraculous how clean it looks

downied the sheets and some lines, worked on the engine...

motored out and sailed in 15 knots...the sail was fantastic

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Fastest way... pressure wash, then 300grit wet sand, then wax... that's 3.
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jejeje a pic of the bleach pesticide bottle trick(yes in the pic yours trully jajaja)



we didnt even need the pressure washer even the hull sides...

now on to polishing Ill use your trick shcnool, thanks

the boat looks awesome!

edit in the pic you can see the recently made policarbonate hatch, we will tint it at an aoutshop it was a cheaper option than lexan or acrilic...its nice and thick
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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

Hello, I'm also a Merit 25 sailor. Great boats. I've done a full bottom job, template the keel and rudder, long board, barrier coat, etc. I've also re-cored most of the deck, replaced the mast step, and replaced all running and standing rigging. The biggest cost you want to avoid is doing redoing the stringers. In 85 boats and newer they were bulked up, but the original ones in previous years the stringers need to be rebuilt stronger. A yard would do it for 3k or so but you can do it yourself.

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The info is old but these boats aren't new, so not much has changed.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

hey man good to see you! I guess we got conflicting info...I read that the early boats had a stronger keel hull attachment(79-82)

what year is yours? mine is an early 82

here is the link: from the racer twilight zone on the well site.
http://www.well.com/~pk/M25boat.html

There's only one problem with the boat structurally, and this is
progressively worse with newer boats: The structure in the
garboard area, where the hull intersects the keel root, goes
soft. In extreme cases, when the boat is hanging from the hoist
slings, you can wiggle the keel back and forth several inches by
hand. (this was for a 1985 boat, after two seasons of heavy ocean
racing and a Transpac.) The fix is about $2,000, and results in a
very strong repair and a nice new wood cabin sole. A 1984 boat is
probably okay without reinforcement in this area, but if the
surveyor says the keel is wobbly (and make sure they check),
you'll need to allow at least that much for the fix.




and that later ones were made lighter in that area and flex

later year model boats are indeed lighter

what stringers are you talking about exactly? the po did indeed add some knees/floors under the vee berth and mast step post structure...maybe there is flex up in that area when pounding hard?


anyways

my boat has a barrier coat done recently and very solid deck and hull

however you do have me thoughtfull as the cabin sole is a bit soft inside someday Ill do some new floors maybe when the time comes

not now though

how do you have your mainsheet setup z?

would love some pics of your running rigging

this boat is nice as it has a traveller mainsheet system as well as a dinghy like mainsheet clutch.

cheers

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You are going to laugh, but I used regular old turtle wax, compound, polish, and wax, and the quality of the job was indistinguishable from some of these guys that laud the poly-glow. Granted, I put elbow-grease in to do it... My point? I think the brand is less an issue than the labor put in to make it right.

Because I painted my Capri 25, it's hardly a good example... but my Capri 22... it had a chalky gelcoat... Here it is before.

Here it is after compound, polish, and wax:


You decide... Honestly I think its more about the labor.
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I came upon some capri 25 pages last night...did you actually sail a transpac on your capri?

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zz Im trying to become a member of the skeddadle yacht club Id love to see pics of the floors and stringers...

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