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Old    Chris M (wetsuit)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-18-2008, 5:59 AM Reply   
Just got a place at the local river and will have the opportunity to keep the boat at our dock this summer. It is a regular dock, not a lift...Can anything be done to protect the hull from the brown water line that shows up after a few days? p.s. I have an 18' fiberglass Chaparral I/O. While we are at it, anything wrong with getting a custom snap on cover made? Seems like the most effective way to keep the boat covered while docked. My current cover is trailerable and needs to be strapped down to be effective. Just looking for some tips, thanks.
Old    nEwJ_HoSeR (tinytdubb)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-18-2008, 11:29 AM Reply   
Wax like a mo fo before you put it in? Free bump at least...
Old    SulMaxwell (sulmaxwell)      Join Date: Dec 2003       03-18-2008, 11:44 AM Reply   
lots of wax, HCL or murric acid to clean it when you do if it gets really grungy...
As for the tarp...I have the the water..attached weighted jugs or 2L pop bottles on bungees to the straps...they will hang below the surface of the water and keep the tarp tight...(this works in calm water area, i wouldn't do it if it was in a really rough area..) I can think of some more...and will update!
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-18-2008, 4:39 PM Reply   
I would think a nice wax too. Starbrite hull cleaner works wonders to get rid of water lines. I am sure it has an acid of some sort in it, so I wouldn't use it over and over, but maybe towards the end of the season. You do need to look into the risks/benefits of leaving a boat in the water. My old boat had gelcoat blisters from being left in the water. The newer gelcoats are supposed to be less porous, but I would think you will still run the risk. It will probably be harder on the boat interior and mechanicals too.
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-18-2008, 4:43 PM Reply   
You may want to watch this thread and ask some questions about how boat owners wound up with blistered hulls.
Old    dhcomp (dhcomp)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-19-2008, 12:47 AM Reply   
Get a brush on a long handle, and clean the waterline once a week.
Old    Chris M (wetsuit)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-19-2008, 11:19 AM Reply   
Thanks for the tips guys.

SulMaxwell, are you talking about attaching the weighted jugs to your trailerable cover? Sounds like a good idea, and will save me some serious $$$ on a snap on cover.



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