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Old 07-14-2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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New to Florida HEAT!

Just hauled La Bella Vita for a few months. I need to do some work, but WOW it get's hot during the day! I plan on painting the bottom myself. I've done it plenty of times. In NY I had a sweatshirt on and long paints. Also, I usually like to wax the hull myself. It gives me the time to really get a good look at the condition, plus I know it gets done correctly. Again, never in this heat and humidity.

I was thinking of setting up a kiddie pool and a solar shower. Get to the yard early AM and as it heats up, just go over to the kiddie pool and get a quick dunking with the shower. Drink plenty of water and just grind thru it all.

Friends have all conceded to paying someone for these services. I calculate a savings of $2000 between paint and wax. I would buy the paint one way or the other. The labor for waxing is $450 and $1700 for 2 coats of ablative. (labor only)

Anyone in the HOT locations do their own work? I guess heart attack should be in the formula? Heat stroke?

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Old 07-14-2018, 10:52 AM   #2
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Florida Heat

If you think its hot now, wait till late August through early September. Thats the peak hurricane season.... it brings new meaning to the words heat and humidity.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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Siesta!!!

Just got back from being in Sfla, Keys and Bahamas. Mid day sun was unreal. We took lots of siestas. Sfla heat mid day was worst of the three.
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I've lived in Florida all my life and you do acclimate to the heat. I do most of my work and try to start very early in the day. Wear a hat, sunscreen, and loose fitting/breathable clothes. Drink plenty of fluids! I was working on the boat yesterday installing a new bow roller and was drenched in sweat. My wife burned the soles of her feet on the decks while helping.
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Work at night and the heat will be less but the bugs may be worse.
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For a northerner, Florida in uninhabitable between about May 1 and Nov 1. Work in that heat? forget it. A couple of weeks spent working on my boat there in June was a near death experience.
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I limit outside projects to a couple of hours in the morning during the summer. Other than that, it’s inside projects with the AC on full tilt. It’s possible to stay cool outside during the day, but it involves a regular size pool and large quantities of gin, tonic, ice and limes.
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I plan to haul mine out in the winter. Florida is opposite of the Northern states. We stay inside in the AC during June, July and August. The nice weather comes the following 6-7 months. I lived in PA for 66 years and left the cold winters after retirement.
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I was thinking of setting up a kiddie pool and a solar shower. Get to the yard early AM and as it heats up, just go over to the kiddie pool and get a quick dunking with the shower. Drink plenty of water and just grind thru it all.
The kiddie pool thing just increases the local humidity which is very high already. The ambient humidity reduces the cooling effect you get from wetting yourself down. All that's going to happen is you'll find yourself soaking wet the whole time.

I find the heat/humidity in So. FL unpleasant from about mid March to about the end of Oct. I would do major maintenance on my boat during the winter.
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As others have said. Start very early and knock off by noon. Drink lots of fluids and work in the shade as much as possible. Tarps are fairly cheap and help cut down the direct sun. Also fans help if you have power.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:52 AM   #11
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Sissies........Try south Texas in August. We have been having a mild summer here till the last week. The apparent temp is over 105F quite often. And yet we work in it.....for about an hour ......and then we spend half an hour in the AC at 79F cooling off. I remember my first summer in Texas was in Dallas (NorthTexas) and I arrived in mid September to a radio announcement that there had just been 90 consecutive days with the actual temp being 100F or more. Back in those days, the 50s, the apparent temp was not measured. But as the Arizonans say, "its just Dry heat"
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Yeah Im south Texas working outside right now like an idiot at noon. Apparent temp is 100. Taking a break now in the shade and reading TF.
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Florida heat

I can assure you.... South Florida and South Texas are pretty much the same. Ive lived in Florida since 1955. Get up early work before the heat kicks in and then again you can get an hour or two in the afternoon after the summer rainshowers pass. You will still sweat like there is no tomorrow, but the heat wont be so bad. I wear a straw lifeguard hat and sweat wicking shirts... the best thing about it is that first beer when youre done.
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Yeah Im south Texas working outside right now like an idiot at noon. Apparent temp is 100. Taking a break now in the shade and reading TF.

My condolences. Where are you in south Texas? If its boat work and there are cold Margaritas for break time, I might come help. ....LOL. I am on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay and I wont even sweep the deck today before 6PM
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in the afternoon after the summer rainshowers pass.

whats rain?
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Many years ago, I lived in Dallas. In the summer I found it too hot by about 8:30 am. Likely worse now.
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Many years ago, I lived in Dallas. In the summer I found it too hot by about 8:30 am. Likely worse now.

Its cooler in Dallas now. All that global warming is just Dallas exporting product.
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My condolences. Where are you in south Texas? If its boat work and there are cold Margaritas for break time, I might come help. ....LOL. I am on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay and I wont even sweep the deck today before 6PM

Im working on a rent house in Victoria. I wish I was doing boat work my boat is still in south Florida on Longboat Key. I think its just as hot and probably more humid where my boat is. The humidity here is only 57% today. Not too bad when in the shade.
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South FL; Get up at first light, set up your work and begin as the sun rises. Get back inside and A?C space by 1030
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