Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SF - South Bay
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Re: First they took the TBT....now they want the paint!
Personally, what gets me is the fact that the recreational boater will be subject to these laws. Owners of larger boats and commercial shipping (i.e. those who can afford lobbyists) will be exempt.
I don't know how many cargo ships go in and out of SF bay every day, but I would bet that the copper leeched off their hulls (not to mention other pollutants and invasive species) far outweigh the recreational boats.
I am reluctantly okay with the guidelines, given (1) there is a good alternative to copper-based paints, (2) the alternatives are not hugely expensive - even now it takes me a few years to save enough for a new bottom job - and (3) the law is universally applied - no exceptions for special interest groups.
It is times like this when working together with a group like BoatUS may give us the leverage to negotiate a rational solution.