Why is there the common belief that only marine products can provide marine grade finishes, apearances and durabilities?
Listed bellow are a couple of products I´ve been using in Fulô's maintenance since I own it with nothing to report that other "marine brands" wouldn´t also have to:
- Hull Coating:
CIN ACRTYTHANE polyurethane based enamel. This paint was originally designed to paint weather exposed industrial machinery. There are a couple of folks here in Alhandra that have keept their ACRYTHANE coatings in mint condition for up to 5 years... Not bad for a "non marine" paint being sold at about 40€ per 3,5L kits...
Inner cabin coating:
Matte synthetic enamel from any DYI store... We have the habit of using it down there. Why? Well, because it has been holding on to our wooden and GRP living spaces since forever and because at 10€/750mL we find it acessible to our starved pouches...
: Sikaflex 11FC+, another adaptation. 11FC+ is used primarily for house construction and other masonry works. One day a fellow remembered to try it on boats and voilá: cheap marine polyurethane sealant for everyone!
I remember countless other examples that would surely be tedious to decribe in detail but, just to make my point, one should't buy something (and pay accordingly lots more for it) just because it has a sailingboat painted on the can. There are lots of proper quality materials hanging arround the DIY stores for pickers to get and, at least this is my policy, if I can spare 10€ in paint (without jeopardizing relyability) I can spend ten more on a sail or on a new main sheet, and I sure prefer to be caught arround in a brand new set of North Sails than on a deck painted with Hempel's Super Ultra GTO deck paint...