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Ok, so we brought her home yesterday. It's a 1980 Catalina 22 on a trailer and I'm thrilled !!!

She's going to need a bottom job before she goes in the water. We plan to keep it in the water at the lake during the season and pull her out during the winter (that will probably be 9 months in the water and three out).

The old bottom paint will have to be stripped all the way to the gelcoat as there are so many layers that it's starting to flake off, in some other areas the bottom paint has ware off all the way to the gelcoat.

What will be the best paint to use for the circumstances?
I know to ask the local people to see what they use, but I wanted to gather some opinions as pros and cons on the different options before I ask so I can ask educated questions to the locals.

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I've been using Interlux 2 part paints for years on all bottom and topside applications. I am very pleased with the results and life of the jobs. My son in law has been using Interlux 1 part paints as well, and again, results and life are outstanding. Overall I've been very pleased with the entire Interlux line. Good luck. Joe
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Re: Bottom Paint for trailerable question

Congrats on the new boat.

I just got through months of research and weeks of redoing the bottom on my Catalina 22, although I don't keep mine in the water, so my approach wouldn't necessarily work for you.

If you want to do it really, really right, my suggestion would be:
  • Scrape as much as you can scrape
  • Sand what can't be scraped to get to gelcoat
  • Barrier coat with something like Interlux 2000e
  • Antifouling that's known to work well in your area. Maybe VC17 or something like that in fresh water, but ask around.

What would also be equally high on my list would be replacing the keel cable (assuming you have a swing keel). In the C22 manual , Catalina specifically recommends against leaving them in the water, although lots of people have done it. Here's a link to how I did mine, which is not necessarily the correct way:

Keel Cable, etc. | Sailing Fortuitous

There are also pics/tales of woe regarding my bottom job in the more recent posts.

Have fun.

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Aqua guard goes on easy is water based, wears well and costs $30 a quart! Not bad
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Re: Bottom Paint for trailerable question

Thank you for your replies.
I already did the job a couple of weeks ago. Here's the other thread.
Bottom Paint dilemma

Decided to go with Pettite paint as it seems it's what everybody uses around here.

I don't plan on keeping her in the water all year, just during the season, might be 6 or 7 months.

The keel cable was in good shape, new on 2006 and never sailed after.
I came to find out, looking at all the paperwork I got with the boat that in 2006 they did a bunch of work to it (new standing rigging, new cushions, new life lines) and they never sailed her after, I even found some more parts from catalina direct that never got installed (new rub rail, canvases, and the mast light wire connection hardware).

So far very pleased with her, took her sailing last two weekends and had a blast !!!!

Again thank you for your responses !!!!


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