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Lower Chesapeake Bay Bottom Paint Recommendations

need some advice on what other bay sailors are using as bottom paint. the boat lives on the lower chesapeake and the ablative on her now is tired and no longer effective.
i read the Practical Sailor recommendations, however they are for Ct and Fl, and i'm somewhere in between.
so, all you chessie sailors, what have you used, what have you been happy with and what didn't work so well.
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i intend to stick w/ ablative btw.

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I used to get 2 years out of micronCSC on the lower bay.
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I'm near Annapolis and I use Interlux Micron Extra with Biolux. My biggest problem had been the fuzz that grows on the bottom and the Biolux has helped with that a lot.
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thanks Cam & Quick...
how do/did you deal w/ the prop and shaft using an ablative... a friend recommended using interlux primer. the reason i ask, during my last outing i found significant "crusties" on my prop and shaft causing enough resistance to cause soot in my exhaust and significantly reduced RPMs, after braving the stinging nettles i scraped enough off to correct the problem.
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Sam...I don't think anything works for props and shafts. If you are not gonna use the boat...paint 'em with bottom paint. If you use the boat all the time, they stay pretty clean. It is only when you let them sit for a few weeks that growth becomes an issue. A wire brush and a snorkle was always my solution!
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Sam...I don't think anything works for props and shafts.
Not so. The "Prop Speed" product gets excellent reviews although it is a bit spendy:



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Sam...I don't think anything works for props and shafts. If you are not gonna use the boat...paint 'em with bottom paint. If you use the boat all the time, they stay pretty clean. It is only when you let them sit for a few weeks that growth becomes an issue. A wire brush and a snorkle was always my solution!
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the biggest problem is i'm in SC and she is in Va..i sneak up for a couple of days as my schedule allows (not nearly enough for my tastes mind you)..
so either a bit of hard coat or i get to practice my underwater cleaning techniques..hmm..

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Well...FstBottoms is the expert...if he says that propspeed stuff works...that's good enough for me. Never heard of it before and wish I had ...the nettles in the Chessie can make the wire brush routine an unpleasant experience!

EDIT: Jeeez...I just took a look at the price! You ain't kidding FST...how long does it last?
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Well...FstBottoms is the expert...if he says that propspeed stuff works...that's good enough for me. Never heard of it before and wish I had ...the nettles in the Chessie can make the wire brush routine an unpleasant experience!

EDIT: Jeeez...I just took a look at the price! You ain't kidding FST...how long does it last?
At $50 for 500ml, it better last a decade. In salt water.
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