Bottom prep for racing

Does anyone use any type of special bottom prep for racing? Besides keeping the gelcoat clean? It was mentioned in a previous article that sanding was an option. Does anyone who dry sails their boat without bottom paint do that? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Since there are a few cold non racing months ahead, there is pleanty of time to think about these things. Have a great day!

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Seems to me that a smooth clean surface is better than a sanded

Seems to me that a smooth clean surface is better than a sanded surface, unless the sanding is needed to get the surface free of dings and such. The ground is white, temp is in the 20's. guess there is no sailing today. FS 1385

Those were my thoughts.

Those were my thoughts. I guess the article I saw was speaking about someone who has bottom paint. Thanks for the input.

Sanding with light grade paper can be done to gelcoat since it's

Sanding with light grade paper can be done to gelcoat since it's about .030" thick, just don't be aggressive. I've used 400 wet(very lightly) to remove small scratches and scum/stain, followed by 600 wet to remove the 400 swirl marks, and if you're hardcore go to 1000 grit. I stopped at 600 and then use rubbing compound and finishing compound with a buffing wheel, followed by McGuire's car wax for the finishing touch. It was pretty and looked fast [8D]).