Sorry to necro this thread but as they say people get choked when you dont do a quick search first.
Im sitting idle without engine
so my thoughts are wandering while i linger on the boat...
Do you have to paint the bottom of the boat? Or is this just to speed up the boat and prevent mussels/etc from binding to the boat?
My sounder wasnt working so i took a brush to get any slime off that was blocking the beam and i saw a bit of blue floating in the water
afterwards. I think theres some non bottom paint
of that color just under the waterline so it may or may not have been the actual bottom paint
is thick fibreglass and my boat sits in fresh water
at the slip in an estuary (i sail in salt
water). Its easy enough to brush off any slime thats grown and when i go to sea the salt water
kills the remaining slime and it just falls off. No mussels or things like that grow on boats moored here.
I talked to a guy at the dock
who said that that was very bad and proceeded to tell me that thats why they gelcoat
boats. My gelcoat
wore off years ago (the boat is a 72 vintage) and the thing still floats fine, bilge
gets less than 5 litres of water to pump out a month and im sure a bunch of that is just condensation
on the hull
(gets a bit worse in the fall when it starts cooling
Im sure there is merit to getting the boat on a grid or hauled out from time to time just to check on the bottom and thats a great time to paint it anyway but just wondering if the paint itself has much other purpose than preventing buildup of marine