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Watched my first rowing event. Couldn't believe how sleek those rowing shells are. Makes my kayak look like a bus. Seems those guys with the rowing shells keep those things spotless. Looks like the're always wiping down the hulls and waxing when the're not in the water. Perhaps my kayaking friends and I should take note. Other then some minor ding repairs to our gel-coats, we usually just hose off after a paddle.

While I'm not really into waxing, I starting to think that these guys might be on to something as they all looked fast. Besides that, a clean and finely waxed hull couldn't hurt. Anybody know anything about the impact of a good wax job on speed? Actually, I would like to know what would be the best way to care for a colored gel-coat? Wash only. Wash and wax (say every 3 months)? Wash, wax, and an application of UV protectant? Are those "marine" waxes really differenct and/or better than you basic automotive wax? Thanks.

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