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Re: Anti Fouling Paint Manufacturers Taking Aim At California Hull Cleaners

You could be like up here in wash st waters, clean an ablative painted hull, risk a $10K fine! Pretty simple way to stop anyone for cleaning a hull. Kind of why I like the soft ablative paints, they at least only need 2-3 knots of boat speed, vs the harder ablatives needing a bit more! WItha 6ksb, that 5 knot speed is hard to get for a long enough time to dothe trick.

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Kind of why I like the soft ablative paints, they at least only need 2-3 knots of boat speed, vs the harder ablatives needing a bit more! WItha 6ksb, that 5 knot speed is hard to get for a long enough time to do the trick.
In California, there isn't a paint made, ablative, hard or otherwise, that is "self-cleaning" when used on a sailboat. Just doesn't happen. Certainly boats that are used more tend to accumulate less growth, but the fouling progression is simply too rapid here for any paint to not need regular cleaning, and I don't care how fast the sailboat goes. That means 4-6 times/year in Northern California, 12-15 times/year in Southern California.

The irony is that by imposing mandatory limitations on hull cleaning frequencies, the state would actually moving away from copper reductions. The less frequently the hull is cleaned, the fouler it becomes. The fouler the hull becomes, the more aggressive the cleaning tools and techniques that are required to remove it. Which of course puts more copper into the water.
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That is where in water like I am at 42-45F year around is different than you where it is probably 50-60F? all year. Things will grow quicker etc. For the most part here in puget sound, I have to deal with slime and grassy stuff, along with barnicles seem to be the next in line. Mussels etc seem to generally speaking, not get attached to boat bottoms..........note, generally speaking. I know of three or four boats on my dock that have not moved in at least 4-5 yrs, and have mussels, barnicals etc on them. Probably 600-1000 lbs worth of different shell and brown and green algae type stuff on them. Including a few browns that are 3' long!

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That is where in water like I am at 42-45F year around is different than you where it is probably 50-60F? all year.
Ours is 50°-70° depending on time of year.
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