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Best bottom paint for a trailerable boat in fresh water?

Hi - I'm in the process of selecting a bottom paint for my San Juan 21. The barrier coat is being applied and I was thinking of VC-17 as the bottom paint. The guy who is doing the work has recommended Interlux Micron Extra with Biolux.

Any thoughts on these two paints for a boat that'll be sailing in the Tennessee River?

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Re: Best bottom paint for a trailerable boat in fresh water?

Had good luck with the VC-17m... looks like it's a yearly re-apply though, but the plus side is, it goes on thin (so several years before you have to sand and start over). It seems to keep the algae down big time in the fresh water. I had very little wash off to do in fall, but then my boat was only in the water 3 months.

I cannot comment on Micron Extra.
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Re: Best bottom paint for a trailerable boat in fresh water?

The Interlux Micron is a multi-season ablative. Very nice and lasts, I coated my powerboat three times in ten years kept it in a Missouri River reservoir in South Dakota. Also used it on my S2 7.3. When I get my Catalina 270 or 28 I'll be coating it with Micron as well.

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Re: Best bottom paint for a trailerable boat in fresh water?

I use VC 17m and am very pleased. As was mentioned, it goes on very thin and smooth and is easy to apply. Almost no work is required to prep for a new coat at the beginning of the season other than washing the hull and lightly sanding any areas where the old VC is flaking.

I think Interlux recommends 2-3 coats the first time it is applied and then 1-2 coats every season as maintenance. I get by only applying VC every other year and have been very happy. It's expensive at $50/qt. (West Marine spring sale), but you don't need much because it goes on so thin. I can cover my 28 footer's bottom with two coats with about 2.5 quarts.

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Re: Best bottom paint for a trailerable boat in fresh water?

Another vote for the VC17.

I've used it for many years on Lake Michigan, where we tend to get algae and Zebra Mussels. Is very effective at preventing them.

Aside from the effectiveness, the primary reason I continue to use it is the ease of application and the THIN coat. I apply it annually and keep my boat in a slip for the full season.

Each year I just give the bottom a quick wet-sand with 400 grit, or just go at it with a Scotch pad, then put it on very thin where it already has 100% coverage, or put on one solid coat where it has worn away on places like the leading edge of the keel and it's wing. Leaves the boat with a thin, smooth layer of protection.
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