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A friend of mine had a Rhodes Mariner 19' - basically the same boat - that he used as a trailer sailor. Nice boat and sails well for it's size as long as you didn't drop the center board into a creek! Ooops.
As you know, one of the great things about being a trailer sailor is that all you really need to do is wash the hull off with a hose in most cases and you are good to go - so no growth build up on the bottom at all. Therefore no reason to put anti fouling paint on the bottom - if it is in good shape to begin with.
I am not sure if the hulls of these boats were gel-coated from the factory or if a PO of your boat has already put a hard bottom paint on her. If the hull surface is old gel-coat that is cracked, chipped or otherwise dinged up then I would suggest thinking about repairing the gel-coat rather then the whole 'barrier coat then paint' thing. If you are sure there is paint on the hull then by all means, have at it and prepare your bottom for a new paint job. Why do you think you need to barrier coat your hull now (not that it is a bad idea - just extra work)?
My $.02, for what its worth.
Edit to add: I would not be 'married' to any particular bottom paint like VC17 (which is great for fresh water BTW). VC17 is expensive (not so much for your 19 footer) but there are other hard paints you might consider since you say you do some salt water sailing as well.
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Last edited by CalebD; 01-26-2010 at 09:09 PM.