Earlier this year I had my new boat coated inside and out with ceramic. I already gave you my first impressions, here's my opinion three months later.
Ceramic 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 coat would’ve held up and made clean up much easier.
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 I knew I wouldn’t enjoy cleaning her as I did the bay boat.
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 coatings, I contacted Dipnotiq Detail & Surface Concepts, located in New Orleans.
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.
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 coat was done.
I’m not kidding when I say this boat looked better than the showroom model when I picked it up!
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 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!
Beautifully. Pun intended.
After all this crap she’s been through (literally), the ceramic 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.
Because, for what I do, having Dipnotiq apply a ceramic 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.
There are some things ceramic 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.
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Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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