Originally Posted by walterzoy
Hello, I have a Catalina 30 with many years of old bottom paint. I would like to have her bottom painted this spring.
What is the best paint to use in the Chesapeake Bay?
I heard that the Chesapeake Bay has worse fouling problems (barnacles and plant growth than than Floridia!
What should I pay to have my boat hauled out of the water, the bottom cleaned and two coats of a bottom paint that will give me at least one season of barnacle-free bottom?
I do not need a racing bottom as we are not into racing.
Thank you - Walter "Parrot Bay" Catalina 30 Shoal draft
The head is fresh, the foot is salt.
Do you want hard paint (so you can scrub it) or soft paint (so you don't have to scrape the paint off in a few years)?
What type of paint do you have now?
Can't answer, not knowing, but it sounds like you want an ablative (soft) paint.
I like Interlux Micron and Interlux 66 (no freshwater). I have used both several times. They are $$$ but should get you 2 years, if you haul in the winter. 18 months if you stay in the water. Whether you need to strip the bottom, can't say. Unless the paint is loose, it is not required.
Yes, the Bay is tough that way.