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Re: Ghost pepper & bottom paint
The Myth Buster
In November 2007, testers applied Interlux Bottomkote and Interlux Bottomkote mixed with cayenne pepper to our Cape Dory 25 test boat to see whether the cayenne increased the paint's antifouling ability. Nearly a year and a half later, testers confirmed their last report that there is no difference in fouling between those sections with and without the cayenne additive. Soft growth, mainly at the waterline, and even some hard growth was noted.
The Cape Dory - daysailed several times a week and cruised occasionally - is kept on a mooring in the warm waters of Sarasota Bay, Fla.
If you want a good anitfouling paint, you might want to go with Coppercoat. It's way more expensive initially, but pays for itself in a couple of seasons, and lasts 10+ years.