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post #4 of Old 02-26-2002
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racing bottom

There are various levels of work involved in having a ''racing bottom''. I generally fari the bottom on my boats if they haven''t been faired before I bought the boat. Fairing involves taking small waves out of the hull by filling and long boarding the bottom. The applying a barrier coat over the faired bottom. The keel and rudder are also carefully faired.

When I was racing my boat regularly I typically used Baltiplate (although VC seems to have picked up more of the market lately). Baltiplate is good for two years but needs to be cleaned by a diver everyother week in the worst of the summer and before any race. VC has even less antifouling.

A fair and smooth bottom makes a big difference in light air when any reduction in friction is significant and in really heavy air where less friction means less heeling and more surfing.

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