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Best bottom paint for PNW

Hi everyone, we are having our boat hauled next weekend to redo the bottom paint. I am looking for recommendations for bottom paint brand and type for the Pacific Northwest. When we bought the boat we painted the bottom at the survey haulout and went with what was already there. But this time we are having the current bottom paint completely removed and putting a barrier coat on the keel. So we can start fresh! I would like recommendations of what has worked or not in our area. We are fairly new to sailing and currently just cruising on our Columbia 26, however we do hope to do some club racing too, any input would be appreciated.
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This is hardly expert information, but they put a single coat of Petit Trinidad SR on the bottom of my Catalina 30 in November 2005, when I bought the boat.

The boat spent the first year in Everett, in brackish water. She's been in Edmonds ever since.

Haven't hauled the boat since. Don't intend to for another year. Bottom (the part I can see) looks good.

Seems to be a "standard" paint around here.

Just a data point, nothing more.

Keep running into Columbia 26s around here!

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We've had good success with Interlux Micron CSC, esp if you're in brackish water - you'll get a couple of seasons if not more.
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I second Faster - I had that on my Catalina - great wear and anti fouling. I have the Pettit Trinidad on the Barberis it fouled within a week being at the same marina and only a few slips down where the C-27 was moored.... (just my personal observation...). I'd prefer the hard ablative (racing) but for general the Interlux is better IMHO.
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I also use Micron CSC. I hauled my boat in 2003 and went through the same process your about to. I just hauled my boat in March of this year and the marina crew could not believe how clean it was.

I am in the lower Chesapeake across from the Navy ships. I am sure can amagine whats in the water around here.
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I have the micron too. But know some with VC17, they like it as they can wipr the bottom, those of us with ablative paints, can not do that per state law.

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Thanks for the replies, I got what I was hoping for which is peoples personal experiences. Thanks again. We have triple X on the boat and definately did not get 2 seasons from that! Looking forward to having a clean freshly painted faster moving bottom!
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Make sure you talk to your paint vendor - there may be some compatability issues with which ever paint you choose on top of XXX. In some cases it is necessary to fully remove all the old paint.

btw this is something that should be done periodically anyway, to get rid of accumulated layers after a period of years.
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Hi Faster, we are taking the hull to fibreglass this time so are taking the opportunity to go with a new hopefully better bottom paint. It has been some time since the hull has been cleaned right off for this boat so hopefully it will appreciate the attention! I thank you for your voice of experience,
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Another personal testimonial here.

Had Petit Trinidad SR put on Aeolus in August of 2006 in Portland, OR. It is the standard paint used by Schooner Creek Boat Works for ocean going vessels that also live on the Columbia as it is compatible with freshwater. We moved Aeolus to Puget Sound in April 2007 and have used her heavily here ever since.

As of today, she gets a light layer of green slime, which largely washes off with boat movement. Nothing hard or too sticky. I'm very happy with the paint so far. It's going on two years now, in fresh and salt.
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