Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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Painting Time again - My Bottom
Time to paint the bottom again. My boat is in New England waters and my paint of choice for the past 3 years has been Micron 66. The PO used Micron 33, which 66 replaced. The stuff is $$$$ and I am thinking of trying a different, less expensive brand. Micron 66 is supposed to be a multi-season paint, but I sail my boat from May 1 to mid Nov. I sail every weekend and probably due a minimum of 35 nm a weekend, and probably 1000 to 1200 nm a year. By the end of the sailing season, the leading edge of the keel, bow, and rudder are pretty much polished off even though I double coat them.
Since I sail a lot and not getting "multi" season out of the paint, I'd like to go to a less expensive ablative paint.
Does anyone have any ablative paint recommendations for New England water; specifically northern MA, that will last for a good number of miles, less expensive that $210/gal, and not leave me fully of barnacles and slime at the end of the season?
I am looking for direct real world experience. I have the PS review at home, but those tests are often "stagnant" dunk tests and not dynamic use.
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