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zAr 06-22-2010 12:37 PM

Year-round in freshwater, best bottom paint to last several years?
There are a number of boats on Lake Ontario which don't haul out for winter, some sailing even in winter, and a number of liveaboards who stay on the water year round. This question is aimed at these year-round boaters.

I've heard of some liveaboards managing to eke 7 years out of their bottom paint with no problems. Impossible?

I'd like to keep the boat on the water year round. I did this winter and the slime buildup washed off with a few spring sails. My boatyard says multiple coats of Racing Bronze (what I have now) should last a few years but I thought Racing Bronze (Bottomkote) is only good for one season. (I don't race, by the way.)

What are you multi-year freshwater boaters using, how long is it lasting you?

jrd22 06-22-2010 01:48 PM

We used to keep the boat in fresh water year round (PNW), except for a few weeks in salt water while cruising. Interlux Fiberglas Bottomkote (ablative)seemed to last at least 4-5 years. That was several years ago, not sure if they have changed the formula. Using Micron 66 now in salt water year round with good results.

zz4gta 06-22-2010 04:23 PM

I can't help ya. 7 years seems like an eternity. I don't think I could go more than 1 year where I'm at. But mine requires a lot more cleaning due to water temps.

cormeum 06-22-2010 04:37 PM

We wet store (fresh water)and had used Micron Ultra (Interlux) with so-so results. We're trying the Pettit Ultima SR-60 this year.

zAr 06-24-2010 09:04 AM


Originally Posted by Nuriel22 (Post 616015)

Nuriel22, what didn't you understand?

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