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Bottom paint used in S. Fla

Any suggestions for bottom paint on sailboats year-round in S. Fla? This is a recently purchased 1985 CR 38 and the bottom history is pretty much unknown. The boat will most likely be sailed a couple of times per month and docked on a canal on the east coast. Thanks.
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We keep our boat up the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Water is salt/brackish. I originally used Petit Trinidad SR hard paint, and it started flaking after only a year. Could have been a crappy application. Also noticed a lot of slime/green stuff at the waterline with the hard epoxy Trinidad SR.

We've now switched to West Marine Gold with Irgarol. Works great so far after 14 months in the water. We'll see at haulout how it looks in February. A lot less slime at waterline.
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Been using Trinidad for years. Very happy. One advantage of hard paint is you can scrub and not hurt longevity etc. Ft. Lauderdale based
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Petit has an app on their website to help choose the right paint for your geography and use. I find effectiveness can be greatly impacted by how often you use the boat as well, the more the better, especially around the waterline.
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I also use Trinidad here in Palm Beach
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We're on the Manatee River in the South Tampa Bay area and use Petit Ultima SR and easily go 3 years between haul-outs. We could go longer but I like to be able to inspect the bottom at no more than that interval. We have a diver give the bottom a wipe down once a month and, after 3 years, the boat comes out with very little other than a little brown slime that is easily washed off with a garden hose and a piece of old carpet.

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We keep our boat up the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Water is salt/brackish. I originally used Petit Trinidad SR hard paint, and it started flaking after only a year. Could have been a crappy application.
Not "could have been a crappy application," but rather "must have been a crappy application." Petit Trinidad is the best all-around anti fouling paint available in this country, IMHO.
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