Tartan 27' owner
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We keep our Tartan 27' moored in the Hudson River and it has a modified full keel with a centerboard. It has been difficult to nearly impossible to put bottom paint all the way up the center board trunk. That said, we have had no problems with too much barnacle growth (we have plenty here) that would impede the center board.
I try to coat the centerboard with bottom paint and we always keep it in the up position (in the trunk) when not in use. Of course, we need to use a travel lift or crane to be able to expose the centerboard for painting. I believe that the painted centerboard in the narrow slot helps to keep the growth down as does continued use.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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