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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 6:57pm | IP Logged
Hey guys, question for you - what are you paying for a new bottom job/
bottom paint on your boats? Got a quote of $2,600.25 (I love the $0.25 that
was included...lol) at a local marine service shop. I believe he recommended
VC Offshore Paint for my water. Boat is 36'7" LOA x 12'9" beam (Carver 350
Mariner). Wondered if my price is the norm, high, low, etc.

Thanks!
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Brad

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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 7:42pm | IP Logged

Wow, that sounds too much for that job, If I am not wrong, and maybe I am, my marina charges $30 per ft of bottom paint.


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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 7:46pm | IP Logged
I'm with you, I think it sounds high...buddy of mine had his done about 3
years ago and it was $1,500 or so, same LOA/beam as mine. Haul out was
another $500 or so on top of that.
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Brad

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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 8:24pm | IP Logged
I got quoted $3000 for 5 coats of epoxy coating and 2 coats of hard bottom paint for a 31' boat with a 11' beam
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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 9:21pm | IP Logged

Brad, that quota seems normal, you are talking about $40 per ft, that's reasonable, now, 3k for a 31ftr, no way, that's again, way too much.


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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 9:30pm | IP Logged

What is the policy for bottom painting at your Marina Buddha? 
IT will only cost you $300 in paint and 50 bucks in materials to finish the job yourself.   It will only take you a few hours and 6 beers.

$2600 is way too much unless there is some serious bottom work to be done. (like favrod described)  Even so, $100 a foot for a full epoxy/bottom paint job seems very high.....

 

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Posted: 14 February 2007 at 10:29pm | IP Logged
For 5 coats of epoxy coat (barrier coat?) and 2 coats of hard bottom paint, $3000 seems reasonable.  Otherwise, I have to agree that $40/foot for a 35 foot boat (<$1500) should be more the norm.  I'm waiting to see what my marina wants to soda blast the old hard paint and put 3-4 coats of ablative.

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Posted: 15 February 2007 at 12:24pm | IP Logged
regulator - I'm on a small lake...only one boatyard, and as far as I know, the
do-it-myself option is probably not going to fly with those folks (or the
marina - go figure, eh?)...it's a monopoly...I haven't even bothered with a
quote from them yet...I may be going to Texoma (largest local lake with
many boatyards - friends have had better prices from them).
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Brad

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I agree that $3000 was a little too high for my bottom work this spring so I worked out a deal with my dealer. I have a budget of $1000 and will do all the work myself. SInce the boat is in their yard we worked out a deal that I will buy all my materials from them, close to $700 and I will pay for a couple of labor hours from them to check on me and give me some tips, also move the stands so I can sand and paint around them. AT first I didn't think they would go for it but they are still making some profit on the materials and they'll earn my loyalty for doing engine work and storage. An added plus for me will be getting some tips from the guys that do alot of this work which I find to be really valuable. Plus, I'll be asurred that I know I did the job right. It's worth a try to see if they'll work with you. It'll save me $2000.
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Wow, everytime I hear of prices like this I am thankful for where I boat. We have winter, snow, ice and all of that fun stuff, but we don't pay anywhere near $40/ft for a bottom job. Of course our waterfront property ( on the ohio river) isn't going for 1 mil per acre either.
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Posted: 16 February 2007 at 7:40am | IP Logged
I just got a quote for $1400 for a soda job on the bottom of my 35 x 13 footer.  That does not include new bottom paint.  I'm going to use Interlux Micron Extra.
Edited by BluesBarge on 16 February 2007 at 7:57am

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Wow!  you could almost buy a boat lift for that kind of price.  Does it involve stripping all the paint down and how many coats will be reapplied?  I agree with Regulator that it is a relatively simple job if they allow you to do it on your own.  I did my 24' every spring (with a 2 year ablative - therefore very minimal sanding at all), but just one coat each year instead of 2 every other year.  I liked the fresh bottom look.
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Posted: 16 February 2007 at 10:48am | IP Logged
Talking to my local boating buddies (on other lakes)...the price I was quoted
$2,600) was the bend-over-and-not-even-a-kiss price...doesn't look like I'll
be using the shop that gave me the quote...I will definitely be shopping
around, possibly even moving lakes.
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The price I quoted above is only for removal of the old Interlux Ultra.  There are 2 or 3 coats of it on there. 

I want to apply a "controlled solubility copolymer" bottom paint, like Micron Extra.  That is, unless the struts, or something else under there, on my boat are aluminum.  If that is the case I cannot use the copper content.

Either way, no more hard paint for me.


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Posted: 17 February 2007 at 12:29pm | IP Logged
I used to pay $400 in labor and $125 for paint to have my 37SR express
painted at my marina. That was 3 years ago.
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I used to have a slip with "Complete Care".  $2400 included the slip for the season, winterizing, shrink wrap and winter storage, recomissioning, and launching in the spring.  Bottom paint was $400 complete, or do it yourself.  Those were the days.

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BluesBarge - WOW - those were the days! How many moons/years ago, what
size boat, etc?
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Brad

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Posted: 18 February 2007 at 7:54am | IP Logged

Brad,

Just south of you in the Clear Lake area, the going rate for haul, clean, prep (sand and solvent clean) and two coats of hard bottom paint is between $30 and $40 per foot.  The big-name yards (all owned by the same group) charge the higher amount.  The lower amount is charged by several independent paint shops that all work out of another yard.  The interesting part is that the better work is done by the independent paint shops.  Your $2600 quote sounds about 2X what I would expect for a simple bottom job.

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That was 2 years ago on a 24' Searay.

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Greetings from the Miami boat show ! Anyway, the price in Ohio for a mild sand job (to rough-up your existing bottum paint) and apply two coats of bottom paint is about $15.00 per foot for larger boats (does not include haul out or travel lift fees).
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I'm having my 30' completely stripped and repainted this winter...$2,000.00.  The marina doing it is very reputable.  I watched a few boaters doing the work themselves last spring.  One guy was green from head to toe after sanding his boat bottom (green paint).    It was at that moment that I decided the price wasn't going to be that bad of a hit.
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Maxum Man wrote:
I'm having my 30' completely stripped and
repainted this winter...$2,000.00.  The marina doing it is very reputable. 
I watched a few boaters doing the work themselves last spring.  One guy
was green from head to toe after sanding his boat bottom (green paint). 
  It was at that moment that I decided the price wasn't going to be
that bad of a hit.  


This is one of those jobs that I almost don't care what it costs. It is down
right unpleasant and a good job to farm out in my view.
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Posted: 26 February 2007 at 11:48am | IP Logged
sbw1 wrote:
Maxum Man wrote:
I'm having my 30' completely
stripped and
repainted this winter...$2,000.00.  The marina doing it is very reputable. 
I watched a few boaters doing the work themselves last spring.  One guy
was green from head to toe after sanding his boat bottom (green paint). 
  It was at that moment that I decided the price wasn't going to be
that bad of a hit.  


This is one of those jobs that I almost don't care what it costs. It is down
right unpleasant and a good job to farm out in my view.  


That's what I'm thinking!
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Brad

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