Does a bottom painted boat need to stay in the water?
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    Default Does a bottom painted boat need to stay in the water?

    My boat is generally out of the water and in dry stack but on occaision it sits in the water for a few days. I realize that painting the bottom is not necessary but I am tired of cleaning the yellowing staining off. In addition, I may need to leave it in the water this fall for a couple of months. I am under the impression that a boat with bottom paint needs to stay in the water, is this true? Is there a type of paint that can "dry out" and go in a out of the water? - thanks
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    If its only going in for a few days, I would just clean the stain off. If its going in longer then a few days, it needs to be painted. Growth with show up in as little as 2 weeks. If your going to paint it and have it go in and out, I would recommend Interlux Bottom Kote. Its a hard paint that will hold up to being launched and stored.

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    Plenty of trailered boats are bottom painted. I have never heard of anyone complaining that their bottom paint was any worse off for sitting on a trailer.
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    most bottom paints work by "sloughing"... therefore they arent very durable to abrasion. there are many paints however designed for uses like yours. they are much harder overall, but only provide limited protection.

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    To answer the question you are asking....ablative bottom paints do NOT need to stay in the water. Many non-ablative paints DO need to stay in the water. Read the directions on whatever paint you are looking at, but the above will be mostly true.

    BTW I have great success with the West Marine CCP ablative paint down here in the hot water (fast growth normally). Cheap and effective and yes, you can pull it out of the water as long as you like.

    Keep in mind, that yellow stain you don't want to see is not slowing your boat down. Even A coat of new bottom paint will...a little. Bottom paint, especially ablative, will have water marks when out of the water that would make the yellow stains look good. Choose wisely, it's hard to go back.
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    You are looking for a multi season ablative or one that states "Haul and relaunch without repainting"

    Some ablatives state on the can that they must be launched within a specific amount of time. Those paints will get hard and then not slough off if they are not put in the water within that timeframe.

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