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Is this an OK price to paint our bottom?

We're looking to have our bottom painted before we leave the Bahamas (so we can get the "good" paint). Pelican is 40' (LOA), about 12'8" beam and has a 6' draft. We were quoted $3,400 to haul Pelican, power wash the bottom, blocking, prep for paint, paint and relaunch. Apparently the good paint is about $350/gallon here. The price seems kind of high, but everything is kind of pricey here in the Bahamas. Supposedly the good paint will last at least 4-5 years with a retouch here and there. We also had a hard ground and have to repair our keel, so we want to haul sooner rather than later anyway. Any thoughts?

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Thats $85 dollars a foot. Come here to New York you can get it done for $45 a foot plus the cost of the paint. I think you are getting screwed! Big time. I remember went boats use to go to the Bahamas to get work done because it was less than getting it done in Miami.

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Good God! In Rhode Island, the going rate is $30 per foot of your length overall, plus the paint. Buy the "good" paint down there, bring it back here and have your boat painted with it.

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Unfortunately, they can't paint with this paint in the US. It's actually manufactured in the US, but only for use outside the US due to the tin content. It costs about $350/gallon here. On the other hand, if we could get our bottom painted twice in the US for the cost of once here, I'd almost rather do that since we can do other stuff when the boat is hauled.

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Unfortunately, they can't paint with this paint in the US. It's actually manufactured in the US, but only for use outside the US due to the tin content. It costs about $350/gallon here. On the other hand, if we could get our bottom painted twice in the US for the cost of once here, I'd almost rather do that since we can do other stuff when the boat is hauled.
Does it really work that much better than the anti-fouling available int he US?
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Even at 350$/Gallon, how much do you need? It's around 43 squaremeters to paint, which would require less than three gallons, maybe even doable with two gallons. Are you not allowed to DIY in Bahamas? (Sorry if I'm ignorant about the Bahamas)
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We've talked to numerous boats here who use it and they say that, with touch ups here and there, they see about 4-5 years on a bottom job.

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We just called a second place and they estimate $120/foot, so the price of $3,400 is starting to sound good - for the Bahamas.

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Unfortunately, they can't paint with this paint in the US. It's actually manufactured in the US, but only for use outside the US due to the tin content.
Tin-based paints have been banned worldwide and for good reason. Shame on you for using it and for planning to bring a dangerous poison into U.S. waters where some unsuspecting boat maintenance worker is sure to come into contact with it.
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I did some checking around when I was pricing a paint job for ours, it came in around 43/ft using interlux something or other; I looked at envirosafe paints and came up with Seahawk Biocop TE, it has a non-metal base and it's guaranteed for 1 yr

With the ban on tin and copper prices continuing to rise, this still looks like a good route to take

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