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Old 05-18-2018, 03:26 PM
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How long is it safe to leave in?

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How long is it OK to leave my Prostar in at my wet slip?

We had a 82 Ski Nautique growing up (was new when parents bought it) on High Rock Lake in NC, and we left it in at our dock all summer long, maybe pulled it out 1 or 2 times during the mid summer to powerwash / wax etc, but other than that it stayed in, parents did this for 20 some-odd years.

Now, thanks to the Internet, I'm reading horror stories about gelcoat blistering, etc, needs to dry, and was just wondering. We are on the lake almost every afternoon and all weekends, so pulling out / putting in seems like why have a slip?

I just got a new trailer, so it's not a problem to do, but any input is appreciated.
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:45 PM
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NM, I just got my answer. Apparently, the only correct answer is "never".

So, I have a slip for rent at Lake Anna if anyone is interested, lol.
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:53 PM
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I wish I hadn't left it in too long
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I left mine in too long.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:25 PM
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I left my prostar in the water for 3 summers in NH. It was very rough on it. Some fiberglass damage from the storms, and spider cracking near the cleats.

If it ever goes back to NH on the lake, it will be on a lift.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:27 PM
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Yeah, you'll risk the possibility gel coat blistering or at the very least some discoloration. If you have zebra mussels or any possibility of them, I would never ever leave it because they can cause you some serious issues. Any possibility of installing a lift so that you can keep it out of the water while being able to have the convenience of a slip?

I've also heard of some heavy duty paint/coatings/whatever you can have applied for boats that live in the water, but I don't have any specifics. Worth some research possibly?

I know the pain of trailering/garaging every time, as we go out several afternoons a week plus almost every weekend as well. It's just prohibitively expensive to pay for a slip on our normal lake (plus lots of wait lists), so we just rent a garage near the ramp
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:08 PM
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Yep, my neighbor happened to stop by after I posted this.

I fully restored this 92 Prostar 190, and he FYId me on the never. His exact quote was "With your boat in the condition you have it, I would not even tie-up" lol.

I just got a trailer custom built. I have the boat valet at High Point Marina, but I like to go mess around with / clean, etc, all the time, so the trailer will serve as the medium.

Never leaving this mofo in for more than a weekend.

Thanks guys!
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:11 PM
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the longest I ever left mine is 2 weeks - but I was there every day... and I could get the boat out on trailer in less than 10 minutes...

I am a dry slip or on a lift otherwise.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:18 PM
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the longest I ever left mine is 2 weeks - but I was there every day... and I could get the boat out on trailer in less than 10 minutes...

I am a dry slip or on a lift otherwise.
Thanks Mike. I doubt I will do two weeks even. Just a weekend, and two days during the week.

10 minutes to put in / pull out and saving a classic is worth it.

Plus, I like looking at it. Having it in the driveway when not stored at the Valet will be awesome.

Gives me more time to tweak on this bad-a$$ piece of American machinery.


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Old 05-18-2018, 06:10 PM
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Maybe bottom paint makes the difference and zinc anodes but i leave mine in all summer long except for the occasional wash and i never have a problem. I am even in brackish water.
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