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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

Well- it needs a bottom of some sort, so it will need paint (by this fall, for sure). I'm pretty sure I'm going to go the way of VC Performance Epoxy-- it seems to be just as durable as the other epoxies, but doesn't oxidize (and become ineffective to water-born vegetation) when left out of the water for > 72 hrs. That fact was sort of a deal-killer, so the extra cost just isn't justified in my case.

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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

No anti fouling capability however. FYI.
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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

Sure there is- me!
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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

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I can't seem to locate enough opinions on this, so here goes- I'm looking for a good hard paint (possibly sandable), for an Olson 30 that is dry-sailed. The idea is that we occasionally keep the boat in the water for up to a week at a time and this time of year this is getting to be more work than it's worth-- then I spend a couple hours pressure-washing and scuffing off the growth.. it doesn't take long around here in the warmer months for stuff to grow). There are some bottom paints (the ablatives, I think) that are definitely out-- too much friction to be consider race-worthy. So I've looked at VC-17, but I'm not sure it really has anything in it to deter growth. Does anyone know if that's the better pick? Ideally, I'd like something that can be lightly sanded just a few times/year, and I can leave the boat in the water for up to 2 weeks without pulling her out and having to blast all the stuff off...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Aurora makes a bottom wax with antifouling capabilities. It does work as a real basic anti fouling, as I use it all the time when I am in the water for extended periods, usually at 2 wk intervals (Bahamas or Keys). It's not a long lasting solution, but I have found it to work.
I cannot support any claims as to the speed and fuel improvements as posted by the manufacturer.

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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

Thanks, rhr- I read up on enough reviews to scare me away from the Aurora stuff... I think I'm headed the way of performance epoxy and regular old boat wax (if any). Thank you, though!

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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

Hi Ray.
I am a commercial diver, specializing in the Annapolis racing community. I agree with George B's comment. I also have a lot of racing customers who still use Baltoplate and the same sand/burnish procedure. It's fairly resilient to trailering. I dove a boat last Friday that had a fresh bottom put on in the spring. It was not maintained since June, however, a 1' plastic paint scraper and a 3m green scrubby was able to cut through the algae with ease.

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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

Thanks, Marlene- I just talked to the guy who's going to spray the bottom next month (we have one more race I want to do this weekend, then I start sanding...). I agree- we're going to use the VC offshore, afterall.
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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

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I dove a boat last Friday that had a fresh bottom put on in the spring. It was not maintained since June, however, a 1' plastic paint scraper and a 3m green scrubby was able to cut through the algae with ease.
No offense but where I come from, any 6-month-old bottom paint that requires a scraper and a green pad to clean it is a paint that has already failed.
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Re: Bottom paint for racers?

I don't think Baltoplate (or VC Offshore) will do much to retard the heavier brown algae, and I think that was what she was referring to. My boat will probably never be in the water longer than 2 weeks, and that will be rare (and likely in clear water where I can easily dive and scrub the bottom with something soft).
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I don't think Baltoplate (or VC Offshore) will do much to retard the heavier brown algae, and I think that was what she was referring to.
Still indicative of a paint that is not doing its job very well. Also indicative of a paint that is not going to be on the boat very long, if it already needs something as abrasive as a green scrubbie to clean it.
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