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Painting bottom of boat before going in water
I was told that I need to paint the bottom of my O'Day 25 with antifouling paint every year before it goes in the water. I bought a can of it, 1 liter for about 47 dollars at West Marine. I saw that they had big cans for abotu 100, I think 4 liters? or three? I'm not sure. I was told that a 1 liter can will cover about a 20 foot boat. I figured I would try to stretch it.
I'm thinking though maybe I should get the larger can. It doesn't appear that last year's job was done well - it's not a good solid color, and the top foot or so wasn't painted. Also, my boat has a pretty big/fat bottom compared to others.
How important is this painting? Can I skimp?