I am not a fan of green hula skirts on dark green boats…. You’d think Winterlude’s bottom hadn’t been cleaned in years. But our diver just cleaned the bottom a few weeks ago. His input is that this paint is terrible. 🙁
In January 2013, s/v Winterlude’s bottom was painted with Pettit Vivid ablative bottom paint (after being soda blasted to remove any old paint and well prepped). The waterline has an extra two coats above and beyond the two coats on the bottom. So it’s less than two years old and we aren’t hauling until March 2015. I thought sure it would last that long.
Oh well, live and learn. This was our first time trying any Pettit paint and we won’t likely be back. Unfortunate.
Our favorite longest lasting bottom paint was Seahawk Islands 44 which was applied in Panama – it was in bad shape after 5 years, but still better than this Pettit Vivid after only 19 months. Unfortunately, we can’t buy Islands 44 in the USA – it has something in it that’s illegal here (I heard a rumor that if you’re a big commercial ship, you can use it, but not us small 29 foot on the waterline guys … don’t know if it’s true or not….).
SO, back to the drawing board. I still want white or silver bottom paint. And it needs to be able to be hauled out during the summer just in case we change our commuter cruising strategy of leaving the boat in the water.
We used Interlux Micron CSC before we left the US and it was just OK, not great, but OK.
I’ll do my research on the newer paints. And I’ll call Sea Hawk Paints to see if they have a recommendation for something that is legal in the US that might work as well as their Islands 44. And it’s always good to talk to local divers to see what bottom paints are holding up the best in this area, so we’ll do that too. We might even re-subscribe to Practical Sailor to gain access to their latest bottom paint studies.
But in the meantime, what bottom paint are you using and where is your boat? Are you happy? How often do you have to redo the paint? Please leave comments and share information … I’m collecting it and this will be my first step. 🙂 Cheers! Jan