Join Date: Jun 2005
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Re: Seahawk Bottom Paint - **UCKS!
When we sailed on Barnegat Bay I started out with Interlux ablative because that's what the yard used when we bought her. We got three years out of it for six years total.
I tried Petrit Hydrocoat and got three years out of it as well. When we hauled out the second season it was showing a little more wear around the water line and leading edges than the Interlux so I touched it up.
The last year I had that boat I tried Sea Hawk at the recommendation of a local shop. I was shocked at how bad it was after one short season where the boat didn't even get all that much use. The hull needed to be completely redone after one season.
I would never use Sea Hawk products again.
The prep and application was the same for all three paints. The bottom was pressure washed when we hauled. The old paint was scuffed with a sanding screen, then washed to remove the dust. Two coats of paint on the hull, and a third coat along the water line and the leading edges of the bow and keel.
ďThe sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau