i note that you're in south florida
. i've spent the past 35 years in south/central florida
. this is the BEST paint
you can ever put on your bottom for this area - and probably for most tropical areas.
pettit trinidad is sold in many 'flavors', all of them good. but this version is simply superior to anything else - the 'professional coatings' version. it comes in several colors, and the copper content is different in each one. since you are essentially buying
copper when you buy bottom paint, get the one with the most copper. it will tell you the copper content on the can. i use the red color because it has the most copper. on one boat i kept in the keys it lasted five years. my current
boat had it on for four years before i repainted last year.
i put on two coats, then use what's left to add more coats to high wear areas. it's true that you will pay more for the best paint, but when you factor in the cost of hauling more frequently i think it pays off in the long term. bottom painting is a job you can do yourself so the money
you save by not paying for yard labor should be put into the best paint.
- for coastal sailing, consider one of those 'hotspots' that at&t or verizon offer for about $50 a month. i bought one from vigin mobile that only costs $20 a month but since they use the sprint network the coverage isn't quite as good. or, if you make lots of stops along the way, there's always free wifi
at wendys, mcdonalds, burger king, and lot's of other places.