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Old 09-29-2020, 04:42 PM   #1
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2020 Bottom Job prices

Did a search on this and all I found were outdated posts for 2020 experiences.

In 2016 did a bottom job for $1900.00 (SR 410AC). Includes haul out, pressure washing, minor sanding and 3 gal paint.

2020. Same yard. Different shop owner. Same work $5445.00.

Over one hundred percent markup!!!

Have no other options (fresh water lake and no other haul out facility). What are your thoughts? I am meeting with him on Saturday to “discuss” his philosophy on price gouging.
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:45 PM   #2
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What about DIY? We have painted many different boats ourselves. It is hard physical work but fairly simple as to technical work. Just sucks being under the boat on hands and knees.
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:57 PM   #3
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A couple quotes last Oct near Brunswick, Ga for haul, block,pressure wash, minimal prep, 2 coats $100/gallon bottom paint, 4 zincs, splash after 1 week work?storage... 3 were right between $2000-$2500.
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WOW!

I just went back and looked at my invoice from last August's bottom job.

$2544 for the bottom job.

$700 for 2 coats of Barnacle Barrier on all of the running gear. (included R&R new spur bearings).

So $3244 for a 53 foot boat. What length is yours - 40-45?

He REALLY needs to 'splain that!
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We paid the yard the first time. Since then we have done it ourselves before splash in the spring. Dirty, messy job but is about half the cost.

If you must have it professionally done shop around
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The yard I'm on is currently charging $65 per ft for bottom prep/paint + haul out. Running gear coating is additional.
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If you must have it professionally done shop around
I don't think there's any shopping around to be done. The OP stated he's on a lake with only one marina with haul out. Their way or the highway.
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Thanks for the responses folks. More or less confirmed my suspicions.
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Old 10-02-2020, 01:01 PM   #9
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Just had mine done

I just paid $1150 for my OA 456 to include running gear. I paid the yard separately for haul, pressure wash and blocking. I also provided my own paint.

I've never hired anyone to paint before and, while I think they did an OK job, I like my work better.

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All boat owners are millionaires so of course they are going to charge $5K+ for a 2 day job for unskilled labor. Cost, $$500. Profit, $4500.
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All boat owners are millionaires so of course they are going to charge $5K+ for a 2 day job for unskilled labor. Cost, $$500. Profit, $4500.
Where are you seeing bottom paint for that cost after labor?
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Berkeley Marine in San Francisco Bay advertises about $60/ft for haul, wash, launch, paint with 2 coats. Plus paint (or $10/gal for your paint). They have limited slots for DIY.

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For you DIY folks, how long does it take to apply one coat (and size of your boat)?


Suspect a good painter could pressure wash and roll a coat on in perhaps a day and a half?
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For you DIY folks, how long does it take to apply one coat (and size of your boat)?


Suspect a good painter could pressure wash and roll a coat on in perhaps a day and a half?
Yeah, but I really like the fact that my guys don't just put on paint, they check the whole bottom over for other stuff.

A good example, my last bottom job in August they found that the line cutter bearings needed replaced so did that. I would never in a month of Sundays thought to ask them to check those. They eyeball and move the stabilizers, replace all the zincs including the two bonding zincs, clear out any growth from the through hulls looking in from out, check for any dings in the props etc. etc.

A yard you can trust is worth it's weight in gold.
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I pressure wash a 40 foot boat as good as it gets in a couple hours. A younger operator would take a little less.

I wait till the next day to put on a coat. If pressure washed in early AM, then a coat of paint could go on at 300 PM and it should only take an hour.

Now at some point, zincs and painting running gear throw a couple extra hours in there between coats.
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I pressure wash a 40 foot boat as good as it gets in a couple hours. A younger operator would take a little less.

I wait till the next day to put on a coat. If pressure washed in early AM, then a coat of paint could go on at 300 PM and it should only take an hour.

Now at some point, zincs and painting running gear throw a couple extra hours in there between coats.
Come do Sonas for $500 and I'll throw in a bottle of whiskey!
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After a second career of working on other boats...I barely want to lift a finger on mine...make it $5000 and a bottle of Sailor Jerry Rum and we have a deal.

And it WILL be as good as the best yard you have ever used. But I am picky about weather.
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