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i don't agree - i have used it and no barnacles - some slime, but no barnacles.

all depends upon water, usage, hull prep, etc.

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I use my boat almost every weekend. The boat is in the caribbean specifically between Humacao, Culebra and Vieques. I even contacted Pettit but their response was minimal.
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I keep my boat in the same yard as a noted long distance sailor - Eric Forsyth. I was at the yard one year when he had just returned from cruise and watched his boat being hauled. The bottom was pristine - no growth of any kind. So I immediately asked what bottom paint he used (Trinidad) and switched to that for the next year. My usage is a month long cruise (Long Is. to Maine) and occassional day sailing the rest of the season. At the end of that season I had just as much fouling (both hard and soft) as with my previous paint.

Why? The answer is keeping moving. Eric spends much more time underway than at anchor. I spend much more time at the dock than underway. That is the primary factor, the type of paint is secondary.

So my conclusion is to select a bottom paint using different criteria (sticking to the good brands of paint). I have gone to an ablative and use it for multiple seasons with just touch-ups annually. My criteria here is simply cost. You can use a top level paint for the same total cost as el cheapo paint.
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I still want that bikini clad girl paint the bottom for me. Or as least help sail the boat long distances.
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Practical sailor did a test last year I believe on bottom paints. Florida was one of the areas they tested. Will have to see if I can find it.

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...., yes, and a few years ago, Trinidad SR was rated very highly by PS, and now it's not. So go figure; I can't understand it.

Another for for Trinidad SR. I sail out of Annapolis. I'm getting a good three years from two coats of this paint.
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What I did not mention in my previous post - but have in prior posts re Practical Sailing....its certainly not Consumer Reports...and people question their testing methodology - but it certainly is a data point.

Of course, there are other factors that they can't test for - changes in formulation and/or application method, etc.

But isn't that why we love our boats - open wallet - spend money...

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...., yes, and a few years ago, Trinidad SR was rated very highly by PS, and now it's not. So go figure; I can't understand it.

Another for for Trinidad SR. I sail out of Annapolis. I'm getting a good three years from two coats of this paint.
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