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My bottom paint is peeling so I am going to have it all removed and start from scratch.  It is ablative now but this gives me a chance to head in a new direction.  My googling and talks with the locals have drummed up these two unique approaches.  Has anyone had experience with both?  

The internet makes VC-17 sound like the best thing since sliced bread.  One of my buddies has it and claims he hates the stuff due to the seasonal chore of applying it.  I’m wondering if he wouldn’t think it was so bad if he had a chance to try the alternative.  

Due to the cost associated with this, I am very tempted to get a set of those trailer mounted lifts and do much of this myself going forward.  That also kinda leads me towards VC-17 because it seems maintenance is easier but more frequent.

kinda talking to myself here... anyone have some experience with this to share?  

Oh, we are slipped in Lake Macatawa but expect most of our use to be in Lake Michigan.

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On 5/23/2020 at 8:41 AM, Dustin Mustangs said:

My bottom paint is peeling so I am going to have it all removed and start from scratch.  It is ablative now but this gives me a chance to head in a new direction.  My googling and talks with the locals have drummed up these two unique approaches.  Has anyone had experience with both?  

The internet makes VC-17 sound like the best thing since sliced bread.  One of my buddies has it and claims he hates the stuff due to the seasonal chore of applying it.  I’m wondering if he wouldn’t think it was so bad if he had a chance to try the alternative.  

Due to the cost associated with this, I am very tempted to get a set of those trailer mounted lifts and do much of this myself going forward.  That also kinda leads me towards VC-17 because it seems maintenance is easier but more frequent.

kinda talking to myself here... anyone have some experience with this to share?  

Oh, we are slipped in Lake Macatawa but expect most of our use to be in Lake Michigan.

Hey Dustin!!

 

Look Familiar?  Lake Mac this past Friday  :)  Give me a honk and a wave if you see me.....  I live on the northside.............

 

 

Lake Mac September.jpg

Chaparral August 2020 2.jpg

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54 minutes ago, wiz_of_wuz said:

Hey Dustin!!

 

Look Familiar?  Lake Mac this past Friday  :)  Give me a honk and a wave if you see me.....  I live on the northside.............

 

 

Lake Mac September.jpg

Chaparral August 2020 2.jpg

We are south side and slip it at Eldean.  I am sure we crossed each other’s wakes at some point this season.  Ours is already pulled for the season but I will keep an eye out for that red beauty next year!

Since this thread got bumped I might as well give a one season review of VC-17.  It is definitely a good way to go for this area.  The plaining surfaces of the hull were pretty much spotless when it came out after almost exactly 3 months in the water.  A very quick pass with a power washer and they were good.  The transom and other areas that don’t get water passing by them at full speed did have some light growth.  This took a bit slower of a pass with the power washer to remove but still super easy.  My barrier coat was only peaking through in a few small spots that I believe wore through while pulling it onto the trailer.  The guys that put it on for me said no sanding is needed before a new coat is put on every spring.  Just a quick wipe down with a solvent.  2 qts should be enough for my 264 so it is basically $120 a year going forward to reapply given I do it myself.  Not bad!

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