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11-13-2007 07:13 PM
rperret What I did not mention in my previous post - but have in prior posts re Practical Sailing....its certainly not Consumer Reports...and people question their testing methodology - but it certainly is a data point.

Of course, there are other factors that they can't test for - changes in formulation and/or application method, etc.

But isn't that why we love our boats - open wallet - spend money...

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...., yes, and a few years ago, Trinidad SR was rated very highly by PS, and now it's not. So go figure; I can't understand it.

Another for for Trinidad SR. I sail out of Annapolis. I'm getting a good three years from two coats of this paint.
11-13-2007 02:46 PM
SailinJay
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Practical sailor did a test last year I believe on bottom paints. Florida was one of the areas they tested. Will have to see if I can find it.

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...., yes, and a few years ago, Trinidad SR was rated very highly by PS, and now it's not. So go figure; I can't understand it.

Another for for Trinidad SR. I sail out of Annapolis. I'm getting a good three years from two coats of this paint.
11-13-2007 10:03 AM
Boasun I still want that bikini clad girl paint the bottom for me. Or as least help sail the boat long distances.
11-13-2007 09:58 AM
gc1111 I keep my boat in the same yard as a noted long distance sailor - Eric Forsyth. I was at the yard one year when he had just returned from cruise and watched his boat being hauled. The bottom was pristine - no growth of any kind. So I immediately asked what bottom paint he used (Trinidad) and switched to that for the next year. My usage is a month long cruise (Long Is. to Maine) and occassional day sailing the rest of the season. At the end of that season I had just as much fouling (both hard and soft) as with my previous paint.

Why? The answer is keeping moving. Eric spends much more time underway than at anchor. I spend much more time at the dock than underway. That is the primary factor, the type of paint is secondary.

So my conclusion is to select a bottom paint using different criteria (sticking to the good brands of paint). I have gone to an ablative and use it for multiple seasons with just touch-ups annually. My criteria here is simply cost. You can use a top level paint for the same total cost as el cheapo paint.
11-13-2007 07:15 AM
avazquez
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i don't agree - i have used it and no barnacles - some slime, but no barnacles.

all depends upon water, usage, hull prep, etc.

Rick
I use my boat almost every weekend. The boat is in the caribbean specifically between Humacao, Culebra and Vieques. I even contacted Pettit but their response was minimal.
11-13-2007 03:18 AM
Lion35 I have a wood hull and have always used Trinidad Red, the local diver hates me because I rarely need cleaning. I agree with the idea of taping into the local knowledge, every climate has different variables to how long the paint will last and what type of growth (and borers if you're wood) you need to be concerned with.
11-12-2007 10:30 PM
rperret
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I used it the last time and it lasted exactly six months and boom....barnicles everywhere. DON'T USE IT.
i don't agree - i have used it and no barnacles - some slime, but no barnacles.

all depends upon water, usage, hull prep, etc.

Rick
11-12-2007 10:29 PM
rperret Practical sailor did a test last year I believe on bottom paints. Florida was one of the areas they tested. Will have to see if I can find it.

As fastbottom recommends - ask the locals. They will tell you more or less what works/does not works.

Also, I don't believe there is a magic solution to fouling. You need to clean the bottom at some point during the season - either pay a diver or do it yourself...

Rick
11-12-2007 10:19 PM
avazquez
Stay Away From Vivid Pettit..it's Junk

I used it the last time and it lasted exactly six months and boom....barnicles everywhere. DON'T USE IT.
11-12-2007 10:10 PM
max-on I second the use of Trinidad SR, no hard growth, only some slime that comes off with a sponge wipe down a few times over the season if you're picky; although I have only used the product in southern new england.
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