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Ablative vs. Hard Paints....
Without getting into specialty types, there seem to be 2 main categories of paint:
1. Hard paint (I believe they are also called modified epoxy) which stay in place and leech copper to the surface to offend growth.
2. Ablatives, which allow critters to stick to them, but then peel away when scrubbed or when underway to allow the critters to fall off.
I've only ever used what came with the boat. The first boat was wood, and I was told that the hard paints couldn't be used (due to flexing of the hull?) and used ablatives. The current boat came with hard paint, so I continued that. I've had great success with both, but then again, I live in a low-growth area so that's probably the main reason for my success.
What are the pros and cons and applications for each? Is one better in the short or long term, or is one better than the other for frequent storage on the hard? How do you choose between the 2 broad categories?
I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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