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Best Bottom Paint for West Coast

Hi all, I have done a few searches regarding the subject of bottom paint, but my eyes begin to glaze over when trying to sort through the differing information out there.
I keep my boat in saltwater in southern California all year-round. What would be a great paint for ablative properties and that will last for two years?
If any of you have a favorite, I would love to hear about it.

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Hi all, I have done a few searches regarding the subject of bottom paint, but my eyes begin to glaze over when trying to sort through the differing information out there.
I keep my boat in saltwater in southern California all year-round. What would be a great paint for ablative properties and that will last for two years?
If any of you have a favorite, I would love to hear about it.

Thanks, Bill
All the boatyards around here (Norcal) seem to use Pettit Trinidad SR, which is hard of course, not ablative.

2.5 years on mine and it's starting to fail.

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Why ablative? I did a bunch of research on your very question (specific to Southern California) and Pettit Trinidad SR was also the most highly recommended and what I put on my boat. I'm over 1 year in so can't attenst to long-term durability. I get my bottom scrubbed once a month and paint is in "excellent" condition according to my dive service.

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I'm north of you a bit (San Juans, WA) so this might not help much but we have been using Interlux Micron CSC (ablative) and easily getting 2+ years out of it. Practical Sailor rates it highly in their testing (east coast, FL and Chesapeake?).

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Micron 66 is the best ablative going, IMHO. Not sure if you can get it in your area due to VOC regs, though. Micron CSC is also a decent ablative. Not sure you will get two good years out of any ablative down there, but maybe.
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