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Re: Antifouling Paint for the Great Lakes
On our previous boat we used BottomKote, which if I recall is specifically formulated for fresh water. The last few years we switched to CSC b/c it will apparently work in both fresh and salt. Most people in our club use VC17, but most of them are racers.
Up until last season virtually all our cruising was done on Lake Superior. Quite frankly, I don't think any bottom paint is needed up here. In fact, I went from painting every year, to just touching up, to not bothering for a few years. Never generated more than a light scum.
This past season we sailed down to Lake Ontario with a fresh application of CSC (three layers I think). It did fine in the lower lakes. I just hope it will perform as well once we hit salt water.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.