Earlier this year I had my new boat coated inside and out with ceramic and I already gave you my first impressions, here's my ceramic pro review three months later.
Ceramic pro coatings are a new wave in boat care and maintenance, typically seen on larger and more expensive boats, the kind me or you will probably never own.
So, seeing that I fished out of a cruddy, 20 year-old aluminum boat, affectionately referred to as “Gnartooth”, I never saw the need to invest in something to keep her clean.
And I loved that, because I ran a bay boat back in the day and I h-a-t-e-d cleaning it!
White gelcoat is the bane of my existence! In this pic I had spent all day getting the boat clean and shiny, complete with a wax job.
The next morning, on my way to Breton Sound Marina, a pig jumped in front of the truck and was immediately blasted into a thousand pieces by its steel bumper.
The wax job was ruined! Scraping the pig off the hull was a nightmare, and I believe a ceramic pro coat would’ve held up and made clean up much easier.
Six Years Later
When I bought a 40th Anniversary Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW earlier this year I knew I couldn’t treat her like I did Gnartooth, and knew I wouldn’t enjoy cleaning her as I did the bay boat.
Yes, I know.
I realize I’m fishing a bass boat, that was my intention the entire time.
When you look at the boat’s specifications and performance envelope, it’s obvious the Tracker beats the bricks off bay boats in the same class.
If you still think I’m crazy, you should read “Why the heck did a buy a bass boat?!”
Anyways, being familiar with my previous review on ceramic pro coatings, I contacted Dipnotiq Detail & Surface Concepts, located in New Orleans.
It Made Sense
I knew my boat would be in a lot of pictures and video, so it needs to look good.
Now, it doesn’t have to be perfect on every single fishing trip, but it cannot look like a pigpen either.
That and my time is valuable. I’ve waited years to be growing a business like the one I have now.
Time spent cleaning the boat is time spent not serving inshore anglers and certainly not fishing, my least favorite time category.
Initial Impressions of Ceramic Pro
I already wrote about this and you can read about my initial impression here.
But, for the sake of brevity, here is a picture of the boat’s side after the ceramic pro coat was done.
I’m not kidding when I say this boat looked better than the showroom model when I picked it up!
Solid Field Testing
Since the boat has been coated I have fished inshore destinations from Slidell, to Bayou Bienvenue, Delacroix, Pointe a la Hache, you get the picture.
And in those places the ceramic pro coating endured trout slime, marsh mud, grass, fish blood and more!
Scumlines are notorious within freshwater lakes and it literally only requires one day of fishing to get a big brown stain along the side of your boat.
So I took the boat to Lake Conroe in Texas, Toledo Bend here in Louisiana, Lake Okhissa in Mississippi and Lake Guntersville in Alabama.
I’d say that’s a good freshwater test of ceramic pro!
How did the ceramic pro coating hold up?
Beautifully. Pun intended.
After all this crap she’s been through (literally), the ceramic pro coat was always there keeping her shiny.
Best of all, said crap comes right off! A trip to the carwash is all she needs.
However, I’ve discovered the hardest thing to get off were the freshwater scum stains and dried marsh mud. Not big caked up marsh mud, but the fine, sticky stuff.
At that point in time you gotta put down the pressure washer and wipe it off with a wet terry cloth.
Would I get ceramic pro again?
Because, for what I do, having Dipnotiq apply a ceramic pro coating saves me time, effort and money.
It’s worth my investment, so when I get a new truck (and another boat) you can bet I’ll be taking it to Dipnotiq.
Are ceramic pro coats a force field like what I see in Star Trek?
There are some things ceramic pro coatings cannot protect against, like running over derelict crab traps and oilfield trash.
Those things will not only scratch your hull, but probably remove some gelcoat or paint, with the ceramic coat on top of it.
You should consider getting ceramic pro if you:
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