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Paint my bottom?

Couldn't resist!
but seriously
As I search for a new tow vehicle I'm missing all this great sailing weather!
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
There's a local Marina (saltwater)where I can put my Danica 16 (actually 15) in for cheap cheap and cheap.
It's lived on a trailer and I'm guessing it hasn't had real bottom paint for quite a while.
It's bottom is brick red with what looks like old bottom paint (non shiny, porous powdery looking stuff) The gelcoat is beigy yellow underneath
Obviously it would've lost it's effectiveness long ago
I have no idea what paint was used and I'm not sure if I can find out
I'm going to put it in for a month so I can sail whilst I look for a tow vehicle This marina seems to grow mussles quite well and has a constant tidal current
Given that it's going to be in for a short time...annnd I don't know what was/is on there now
What would be a good choice and hopefully relatively expensive..and would it be entirely necessary for a short duration marina stay?
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Re: Paint my bottom?

Which marina?.. for a month I'd give it a go as is.. if you notice rapid growth then drag it out for a scrub - easy enough for you.
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Re: Paint my bottom?

hmmm
I could borrow a car for a haul out scrub

Here's a completely dim question
Would osmosis be a threat in this short a time?
Or even worse..the Osmonds!!?
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Paint my bottom?

Osmosis wouldn't be a problem. I can't say about the Osmonds, depends upon your neighbor. Bottom paint does nothing to protect against osmosis anyway. You would need a barrier coat with a product like Interprotect 2000 for that. I would say launch her and prepare to scrape / scrub her bottom if things get bad. If water is warm enough, you can dive on your boat with a 6" paint scraper and make short work of the problem! When you have time, haul and scrape old bottom off. Then apply a hard ablative that is good for boats launched from trailers.
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Re: Paint my bottom?

With a small boat like that, a quart of inexpensive bottom paint would be enough to give it a coat. Probably less work and hassle than having to clean it while its in the water. And if it takes longer than a month to find a tow vehicle, you're covered.
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Re: Paint my bottom?

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Would osmosis be a threat in this short a time?
Or even worse..the Osmonds!!?
Osmosis takes years to become a problem and even then it's really only a cosmetic issue (except in a few, very rare cases).

The Osmonds on the other hand.....

What Marina is it?
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Re: Paint my bottom?

Out of curiousity what would you reccomend for a cheap bottom coat?
I don't know the paint that's on there
It's red and has a dull sheen, It doesn't seem to be in anyway flaking off
I was going to try and contact the previous owner but I'm not sure if it'll work

I've heard that the rustoleum bottom paint will paint over most paints and can be taken out for long periods but I don't know if you can buy it here
Any ideas for a cover all paint. my paint seems hard, has a dull sheen and doesn't look like it's flaking or has ever flaked.

So I need some sort of relatively inexpensive cover all bottom coat
I would of course roughup/clean mine before painting over.
I'd prefer not to have to sand the lot off
Any suggestions?
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Re: Paint my bottom?

If it is soft'ish, it is probably an ablative, if harder, then a hard paint, that should give you some what to go after.

I did put some WM ablative on about 15 months ago, so far, been better than the Micron that is covered over from a cleaning off stanpoint, and keeping slime etc off the bottom.

I did my 25' WL finkeel with about 3/4 of a gal, as mentioned, a qt of something should work on your boat. Give you some piece of mind for the next few months. You might find one that will allow it to dry for a bit of time vs some lose the anti foul property if out of the water for too long.

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