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Old 03-05-2013
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Re: Ablative anti-fouling for freshwater

If I ever do a bottom job and get rid of the old ablative, I'll go to VC17. It's just easier to get a racing finish than with an ablative. However, as ablatives go, I've had good look with both Micron CSC and Micron Extra.
This year I'll probably change to Pettit Optima as it supposedly gives better slough at lower speed.
The Micron is definitely a multi-season paint. I've learned that I can give the boat a light wet sanding using fine drywall screen in the spring and only have to touch up spots where the base comes through. Besides saving paint, what I really like about this is that I end up with a much smoother finish than I can get from just putting on new paint. I've never been able to get a race-smooth finish using an ablative.
Mark Smith
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
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