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Old 20-08-2017, 12:30   #1
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To bottom paint or not? A dinghy...

I have a rigid bottom Avon dinghy. What are the thoughts and experiences of using bottom paint on tenders/dinghies such as this? Thanks.
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Re: To bottom paint or not? A dinghy...

I did mine, with a gray water-based ablative. Glad I did. If you pull it every night, painting not required. But you leave it in the water a week in the mid Atlantic you're gonna have some barnacles striking. Florida is maybe worst.
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Re: To bottom paint or not? A dinghy...

My dinghy used to have a painted bottom, it's a necessity if you leave it in the water all the time. But... I have a hard dinghy and store it upside down on deck if I am not using it while in a marina or underway. After a summer docked in Texas, the frequent rains caused the ablative bottom paint to leach green stains from the copper onto my cabin top and side decks. Now I just hang it on the side of the boat when I am anchored and it only goes in the water when I am using it, no bottom paint needed.
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