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Old 01-30-2017, 11:31 AM
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Professional boat detail/FAE installation

We have a 2016 x23 with about 70 hours on it. Bought at the end of 2015. It's my father's boat but he put me in charge of maintenance appointments, etc. since I use it the most. Wanted to get a professional detail before the 2017 season. Want to make sure I don't get ripped off. What is the price range I should expect to pay? Do most people get their boat's detailed once a year? Any recommendations for detailers at Lake Lanier (Atlanta area?)

We also just bought a Fresh Air Exhaust system for the boat. I'm not a "do it yourselfer" so prefer to have someone install for me. Any idea how much I should expect to pay to have someone install that? Thanks.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:52 AM
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We have a 2016 x23 with about 70 hours on it. Bought at the end of 2015. It's my father's boat but he put me in charge of maintenance appointments, etc. since I use it the most. Wanted to get a professional detail before the 2017 season. Want to make sure I don't get ripped off. What is the price range I should expect to pay? Do most people get their boat's detailed once a year? Any recommendations for detailers at Lake Lanier (Atlanta area?)

We also just bought a Fresh Air Exhaust system for the boat. I'm not a "do it yourselfer" so prefer to have someone install for me. Any idea how much I should expect to pay to have someone install that? Thanks.
Why not just buy a good buffer, use a good carnuba way and do it yourself. It may take you a few hours to do the hull at best and if your feel up to it to do the inside real good, you could make this into a days worth of work. You will more than likely get over charged and people will try and get you to try these ceramic coatings which are not necessary. I know when I was younger I used to wax yachts at my parents marina and would charge 10-15 dollar per foot. 15 being if I went to the waterline. I was told people are charging 15-25 dollars per foot these days.

A good wax should only make you do this once a year but most on here will tell you that it needs to be multiple times.

I wax my X23 at the beginning and end of each season. I use Woodys Wax and use a Cyclo buffer. Makes life easy and you get the satisfaction of the work you put into it. In between wax's I use a good wax n dry when cleaning. This has been the formula that I have used for many years and I experience zero fading and water spots.
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:38 PM
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Do the detail yourself! This is one of the best ways to maintain a boat IMO!

Boats are hard to maintain unless you know whats wrong and doing a good 5+hr. on the trailer detail will get you familiar with just about every inch.
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:46 PM
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I recommend Tyler Bennett with Integrity Boat Detailing (678-296-7721). Although I haven't used him myself, I have seen his work and it is very impressive.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:19 PM
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Definitely recommend doing both yourself. I used to be afraid of anything DIY of but with the help of guys on here you can definitely take care of it yourself and learn a lot in the process. Worst case scenario, neither you, nor someone on here can figure it out and you take it in and end up paying about the same, but at least you gave it a shot.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:56 PM
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Have never paid anyone, but did get a quote last summer at $28/ft. I asked around and heard $25/ft. was pretty common for guys doing it around the Chicago harbors. Hopefully it's less where you are...if you forgo DIY.
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:13 PM
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Not sure how much it translates to your area, but here in North Idaho you can get detailing from the rubrail up (meaning the interior and top deck of the boat), from the waterline up, the whole boat or the whole boat and the trailer. I would expect to pay $15-$22 a foot depending on which one of those I chose.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:50 PM
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Detail yourself...as above

FAE is easy, but read instructions a few times with ALL the parts in front of you.
Check that you have the right tools before starting
Measure everything twice..then one more tome before drilling or cutting anything
It takes about 90-120 min for a beginner.

it will help doing it your self and you'll become more aware of the Boat ...this will pay dividends later
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:59 PM
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$400-$500 or more - what's your time worth.. mine not so much -- fun boat time in the garage during off season. then you can post in the show us your shine thread.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:15 AM
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My son and I detail/wax our boat every season. It's not difficult and very rewarding when we are done. Like MastercraftDave, we use a spray wax to wipe down the boat after every use. Keeping a boat spotless is very rewarding (and required when you have a black hull).

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