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Underwater Paint that cleans up with ... Water?

Can anyone help?
I have had a recommendation to use Interlux's Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua on the bottom of our 36' Caroff steel sailboat. It may just be me but I can't get passed the 'water' clean up on a paint that will spend it's life under 'water'. Is there anyone out there that can make me more comfortable?
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Water based bottom paints are not new. They work. Go for it.
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As the paint dries it undergoes a chemical change that makes it no longer soluble in water. We just had the experience of using a water based paint on an exterior basement door and it rained before the paint was dry. About half of it washed off. Another coat, this time it dried completely and now stays on despite the rain.
For extra confidence, think of all the exterior use, water based house paint that is used.
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