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SailFishQuepos
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Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:03 pm




Finally decided to get serious about the underside of the boat! There were some dis-laminated spots on the bottom, so I went out and got some vinyl ester resin and some Kevlar and got the bottom back to new. Let it sit for two weeks with some heat lamps, and then did an epoxy barrier coat by interlux. We did hard bottom paint this time, last year we ran out of ablative before the end of the season and were scratching off shells. We also wet sanded it trying to pick up a little extra speed. The wet sanding discolored the paint a little while it was dry, but we went under and it's all uniform now. I took a shot with the underwater camera and that's the second picture up above. After all that work, thought we'd have some fun, and I bought some red bottom paint to go over the blue and we decided to make some Dorado chasing Bonita! I'm not very artistic, so I let Mike man the brush! Hopefully it'll catch the eye of quite a few big ones!!!




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Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:32 pm
cool!! i had ballyhoo stickers on the bottom of my last boat, i think the mahi loved em! :D
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Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:23 pm
Wellllllllll, at least when you're diving in the marina, you can find your way back on to the right boat.......  
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SailFishQuepos
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Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:36 pm
Oldguy wrote:
Wellllllllll, at least when you're diving in the marina, you can find your way back on to the right boat.......


Ha, actually that was taken about 25 miles offshore! We were doing some dives on a reef with a customer and one of them shot that for me!
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Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:19 pm
Got a buddy that painted 60 large white squid on his hull and he swears by them in his trolling efforts.
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Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:43 pm
i have a bunch of squid painted on my regulator hull. every little bit helps i guess. used a piece of vinyl siding cut out a design and used a roller to just put paint on.
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SailFishQuepos
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Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:08 pm
I thought about doing squids, I don't know why I went with Bonita...
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Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:20 pm
The best year I ever had included 150 squid on my bottom. Black bottom paint and a 10 squid stencil painted in white bottom paint really seemed to help. You never know what raises the fish, but what an addition to the spread.  
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