It will typically take a full weekend (12 to 16 hours) of work to buff and detail an oxidized 25-foot center console, Winchell says. Professionals charge $30 to $35 a linear foot, on the average. Mike Register, who owns Mike's Marine Ways in St. Marks, Florida, details at least one boat a week."Spring is our busiest time of year, obviously, but detailing is a regular part of my business," Register explains. "Whether you do it yourself or we do it, the best protection afterwards is a good wax job. I like a cleaning wax with carnuba, like Meguiars. If you don't use harsh detergent soaps and you wax again whenever the water quits beading, that's the best protection against oxidation."