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Re: Yet another bottom paint question, now featuring picture

On my last haul out, I pointed out some uneven spots where there was some obvious paint build up and removal. I asked the yard what it would cost to take it all down to gel coat and re-start.

They guy looked at me and said, "What, have you got too much money and just want to throw it away?? Is it because it offends you that it's not smooth or are you actually worried about drag? Look at your boat, it's a full keel right? You've got lots more areas of drag than this area. Why exactly do you want to fix this anyway? For half the money we would charge you to take this down and re-paint it you could buy a top of the line low-drag propeller. Sure, we can do it, but I think your money is better spent elsewhere."

I've never actually LIKED a yard before but CSR marine in Lake Union Seattle is awesome. They also didn't bill me when I was supposed to go back in the water on a Friday at 5PM and couldn't get my stuffing box to go back together. They had their mechanic fix it for me (took him an hour) and the whole yard went home an hour late (overtime) and they didn't charge me for it.

BTW, they, and many others I know, recommend changing colors of bottom paint occasionally so that you can see when you're running thin. I switched to black from red when I bought the boat 4 years ago and now I'm starting to see some red in spots. Time to paint....

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