Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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I touch up/paint once a year, but
- I use Interlux Micron 66 Ablative Paint
- I sail in New England (MA) waters
- I use my boat EVERY weekend from May 1 to November 1
- My sails are long, usually 5 to 6 h averaging 25 to 30 nm/sail depending on the wind
- I go out about 40X a year on our boat
- We haul our boat at the end of the season
- My boat sits on a mooring when not in use
I repaint my boat every season. First I wet scotchbright the bottom, rinse off the loose film, allow to dry and then repaint. I add a second coat on the leading edge of the bow, fin keel, front of the skeg, the whole rudder, as well as 6 inches around the waterline.
When the boat is hauled in the fall, the leading edges and parts of the rudder are partially splotchy/bare (down to the barrier coat) and the and the rest of the hull has evidence of light/partial splotchiness. Except for the top inch of the waterline, the boat is pretty clean with no strongly adhered stringy growth. There is some sliminess to it, but it easily rinses off with a garden house or weak pressure washer.