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Any advice on applying Sharkhide to a new boat. surface prep? Technique for application? Thanks

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patcook@pacbell.net wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:22 am
Any advice on applying Sharkhide to a new boat. surface prep? Technique for application? Thanks
If it's a new boat that you are ordering from the factory.....best to let them or the dealer handle it. Otherwise probably best to just follow the vendor instructions for application if a DIY. What I can say is that I don't at all regret getting the SharkHide on my 2017 OP. Boat still looks great after 3 years..

The other option is to just skip the SharkHide and let the aluminum oxidation do it's thing and protect it naturally... May not be as "Pretty" but has worked fine on Aluminum boats forever...
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Part of the reason I bought an aluminum boat was the prospect of minimal maintenance. I was tired of waxing
Fiberglass. As I understand it, once you apply Sharkhide
You have to keep it up. An oxidized aluminum boat may not look great but the dull patina doesn't hurt anything.
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If not having it done at factory or by your dealer, DIY method is to follow instructions provided. Most important is surface must be clean and dry. Use Dawn dishwash soap to ensure oil free surface. If you have compressed air source, blow any excess water from chine, or let sit an additional 24hrs. Cloth diapers work great and are what I used, but any soft, absorbent, lint free cloth will suffice.

The only maintenance I've done is wash and dry, nothing more. Rub a dock? Wipe area clean, wet a lint free soft cloth with SH and wipe...blends into itself. Keep solvents away and it will last a long time, ours after 11+yrs...
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I'm 50/50 on this question. When the Sharkhide is on the boat it looks great, Phil's boat is an excellent example. If I had to do it over again I would have skipped the Sharkhide and let mine oxidize. I moorage my boat at the mouth of the Columbia river and due the onshore winds it gets rubbed off by the dock bumpers and boat fenders. Additionally, the carpeted bunks also remove the Sharkhide if you power load the boat and rub the guides. So everywhere the coating is removed oxidizes. The photo below is after a summer of moorage and fishing on the coast. You can see the guide rub marks and fender rub marks below the cleats. The Starboard side of the boat was almost blemish free and I taped the small rubs off cleaned the area and reapplied the sharkhide myself. Small areas are not a problem to do if you get on them as soon as you notice them I had the port side done by a company in Portland. So in summary would I do it again, yes but only if was not mooring the boat and only pulling it out to clean the hull every 4-5 weeks. I would have it done if the boat was trailered after use and I could keep on top of reapplying to the rub marks. As with anything practice makes perfect and I'm sure I would become more efficient each time. My debate now is whether I want to have the Sharkhide removed or continue to have it professionally done every two years or so.
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So Fishstory….. I just gotta ask. Are you lifting 240OP completely by the cleat's? And what is on those 4 homer buckets? Are those lights?
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Very good points Ray and I agree for reasons you mention. As to the hull, I only coated back to front of bunks. Didn't care about the part of hull I can't see and is scraped by bunks anyway.

Hunter that's his boat in what looks to be Chap's shop for bottom paint and those are baseboard heaters being used to dry primer. ;)
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SilverFox wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:36 am
Hunter that's his boat in what looks to be Chap's shop for bottom paint and those are baseboard heaters being used to dry primer. ;)
Got it... Thanks. That makes sense. What about the lifting points? Is that 24OP really being lifted only by the cleats?
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I had the same question, Hunter. It looks like there might be a 3rd chain on the bow cleat.

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It was done by Bob at Agate Pass. I believe there where 6 or seven lift points. I'll see if I have any more photos. He lifts bigger boats than mine. And yes Phil is correct they are heaters under the boat.
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