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New to forum and would Love some help on choosing bottom pain

Hello,
This is my first post and I would like to thank you all in advance for your help and welcoming me to your site.

Now, my boat is a 42' race boat that will be raced quite frequently. The boat is currently down to the barrier coat so options are available to me. I live north in Nova Scotia and the harbor where I keep my boat and do most of my sailing, bottom slime grows at a ridiculous rate. Also there is problems with barnacles attaching themselves for free rides. Now,I cannot tell what it is like having a ablative painted bottom in this harbor as my previous boat was wetsanded bottom with no anti-fouling so possibly why growth was such a problem. I want something that is going to keep my bottom slick and quick and works best for racing. The quickest dry time would be the better for me or at most 24 hour drying time. Also, the boat will be in the water from April when it sails up from Marblehead to Halifax and then in Halifax waters until haulout in november.
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the best thing to do is get in touch with th mfgs of bottom paint, and explain your situation to them and go from there
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For bottom paint I'd google the Interlux web site. they have a decent one (the address evades me) and not only explain their different grades but have a quantity required calculator.

For bottom pain I usually rely on Giulietta, he's quite reliable. In this case, he also has a tad bit of knowledge on racing which he'll gladly share with you.

You might check the thread archives in this forum, the topic is perenial.
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Your best bet to determine what works well in your region is to ask other, knowlegable boaters in your area what they use and recommend. Keep in mind that a product that works well in on area may not perform so well elsewhere. That being said, I personally recommend Petit Trinidad SR. This is a modified epoxy paint with excellent anti fouling properties. Sprayed on, it will be as slick and fast as just about anything out there. Plus, it will last a long time.

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fast bottoms is right,,petit trinidad sr is the best for them cold northern waters.
we've always had luck with it, in fact there should be a few boats in halifax harbors with it on,, i used to do a sail called the Jenny Craig from halifax every 3 years. but he needed it every 2 heh
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Practical Sailor mag just did a review of bottom paints in the last issue or so. Check October or September... West Marine usually carries a few back issues.
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I recently posted this in a similar thread, but I'll repeat it. First, I use Trinidad SR and am getting three good years from two coats. I could probably push it a bit longer, but three years works for me.

Second, Practical Sailor rated this paint very highly about two or three years ago, but not in their most recent paint comparisons. Frankly, I don't get it. How could something that hasn't changed be good one year and not highly rated the next year? At any rate, another vote for Trinidad SR.
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they didnt spend enough $ on advertising this issue
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Oh come on, am I the only one that thought this thread was about S&M?
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Oh come on, am I the only one that thought this thread was about S&M?
No, you're not. I saw it too, but chose not to go there. If spelling, grammar, and syntax were graded on these threads, many of us would be wearing dunce caps in the corner (that reference certainly dates me, as well it should--I am 60).
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