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I have always waxed my boat myself. There's a guy in my church who is unemployed right now and needs some help. He is willing and more than capable to do it as I expect it to be done. What have you guys paid to have this done? I want to be more than fair with the guy, just looking for some guidelines. The boat is pristine clean now and ready for layup.....just thought I'd give the guy a little help before that sad, sad day when I put it to bed.

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I have always waxed my boat myself. There's a guy in my church who is unemployed right now and needs some help. He is willing and more than capable to do it as I expect it to be done. What have you guys paid to have this done? I want to be more than fair with the guy, just looking for some guidelines. The boat is pristine clean now and ready for layup.....just thought I'd give the guy a little help before that sad, sad day when I put it to bed.

Depends on what you think is "fair" Dontknow.gif I have always done mine myself as it gives me some sort of self satisfaction in knowing that it has been done right and that I did it Yahoo.gif However, if I were going to pay someone in need I would take the time that it honestly takes me to do and multiply that by how much I make an hour (this is how I figure what my valuable time is worth). Example, if you make $20/hr at work and the boat honestly takes 4 hours to do, then pay the guy $80 (plus $20 tip, just makes it easier to deal in 100's) :)

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I have always waxed my boat myself. There's a guy in my church who is unemployed right now and needs some help. He is willing and more than capable to do it as I expect it to be done. What have you guys paid to have this done? I want to be more than fair with the guy, just looking for some guidelines. The boat is pristine clean now and ready for layup.....just thought I'd give the guy a little help before that sad, sad day when I put it to bed.

Depends on what you think is "fair" Dontknow.gif I have always done mine myself as it gives me some sort of self satisfaction in knowing that it has been done right and that I did it Yahoo.gif However, if I were going to pay someone in need I would take the time that it honestly takes me to do and multiply that by how much I make an hour (this is how I figure what my valuable time is worth). Example, if you make $20/hr at work and the boat honestly takes 4 hours to do, then pay the guy $80 (plus $20 tip, just makes it easier to deal in 100's) :)

As high as 10 bucks a foot

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A complete detail of a boat. Then $10 a foot for inside and out including trailer is a fair price and I am assuming that this person will be using your supplies. If it is just an outside waxing then $5 a foot is fair. Though, I would guess that any amount of money would be great for this person in need. That's nice of you to help. Thumbup.gifThumbup.gif

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I have always waxed my boat myself. There's a guy in my church who is unemployed right now and needs some help. He is willing and more than capable to do it as I expect it to be done. What have you guys paid to have this done? I want to be more than fair with the guy, just looking for some guidelines. The boat is pristine clean now and ready for layup.....just thought I'd give the guy a little help before that sad, sad day when I put it to bed.

It is around $7/foot near me.

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If it is wash and wax by hand no machines, I would do 150.00 and and extra 50.00 for the trailer. 200.00 total and I am sure he will hit the inside for free being greatful and all. We get 350.00 to 600.00 depending on everything done. There is no overhead for him so I think it is fair. Might be a bit high for what you were thinking but treat him good now and I am sure repayment someday will come back to you. Thumbup.gif

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Marine Detail here in the Seattle area charges $15 per foot. They use a three step process to get rid of the oxidation, then a polish and finally a wax. The price includes a wash etc. Since we have an mostly black boat it's well worth the money.

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