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How often do you paint the bottom?
I agree with the comments above. In SF Bay, which is relatively cold water, using Petit Trinidad, two coats, I could get two seasons and I think I got three one time, but that was pushing it. After the new paint was on, I would do nothing for most of that year. After that, I would have a diver clean the bottom every two to three months. Eventually it would need to be more frequent and I knew it was time to haul.
My bet is you are ready for new paint, but this isn''t a big deal. Haul, wash, sand, and paint, launch, and you''ll have to do it for the rest of your sailing life anyway! On the other hand, if you want to wait a few months, that isn''t going to be the end of the world either. Just have someone clean it regularly.