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Is it ok to sail with bad bottom paint...?

Hello,

I am currently waiting until November to get the bottom side of my boat painted for financial reasons. Currently the paint is in very bad condition but there are no blisters or anything like this.

Question, can I continue to sail with bad or very little bottom paint left, and if so can I do 4 day trips this way until November...?

I live in Miami, FL... it is a 30 foot Lippincott...

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If you can still see the paint, then the answer is yes, you can wait a few more months.

If the mussels are more than 2 inches thick, then the answer is still yes, what further difference could it make until you have to haul and scrape them all off?

But you'll feel so much better once the bottom is clean and repainted. Thoufh in the meantime, don't expect to do well at all if you race.
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thank you for the reply, I was more concerned that I would damage the fiberglass hull or something to that effect. I am new to sailing and at the moment dont care if I go 5 knots or 7... I just want to make sure it is safe...

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Is it okay... yes, is it wise or safe... not really IMHO. A fouled bottom could easily cause unforeseen problems. However, if the boat does have a working antifouling paint on it... it shouldn't be much of an issue.
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It is fine to sail till November. You are in warm waters which promotes growth so just snorkel with a scrub brush and putty knife and do what you can to keep the bottom relatively clean till then.
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If you let the bottom grow too much it may become a protected marine environment and then under the control of the National Marine Sanctuary. (just kidding)
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