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One of my friends had her boat done as a gift from her father with CopperCoat. She's now on year 15 with it. Another friend had his boat done seven years ago. I did my boat with CopperCoat in 2007 and have been pretty happy with it. I figure, if I get five years out of it, I'll break even compared to using an ablative. If I get ten years out of it, I'm ahead of the game money wise.
I'd point out that when I bought my CopperCoat, it wasn't being distributed in the US, so I had to pay hazmat air freight charges for it. Now, they have a US distributor, in Florida, and buying it today would be a good deal less costly.
It isn't maintenance-free. It does need to be scrubbed once in a while, when the boat is in the water, to keep it clear of slime. If you don't wipe it down occasionally, you will start to get barnacles, since they will attach to the slime layer. However, unlike barnacles on gelcoat, these will generally come off the bottom with just pressure spraying. Also, scrubbing the hull lightly with a scotchbrite pad just before splashing the boat is a good idea.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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