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Old 08-07-2015, 10:42   #1
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Bottom Paint Oriental, NC

Greetings from Oriental, NC, Sailing capital of North Carolina

Would love to have recommendations on best bottom paint for this region.

I have a pearson 303 with ablative coating now.

Thanks for any advice
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Re: Bottom Paint Oriental, NC

What kind of cleaning regimen do you currently employ and what kind (and amount) of fouling are you dealing with?
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Been using Pettit Trinidad for decades. Two or three coats last me about four years. Its a hard paint so you will have to sand off all your old ablative paint.
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Interlux Trilux 33 is what many of the commercial vessels around Beaufort use. It is what Barbour's chandlery on Hedrick recommends, they have it for $67 per quart. I just put it on for a customer last week (it's newish) in white which looked really nice, but had to thin it slightly with Interlux' special thinner (218?) to get it to roll ok due to the temperature (heat index 105.) I think it is derived from Interlux Micron 66.

Two coats, with a third on any chines and at the waterline.

It's easy with a trailerable boat hehe.
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Re: Bottom Paint Oriental, NC

I had my boat in the oriental area for 6 years and have been full time cruising on the east coast since 2011. I've been using Pettit Trinidad SR. Most of my friends in the area also use it. Though a hard paint wear and tear on it does make a difference. I was good for 3 years with 2 coats when I was a weekender, but only getting two years out of it when full time cruising. I've been going from Maine to the southern Bahamas every year while full time cruising so it does get a bit of wear and tear.
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... It's easy with a trailerable boat hehe.
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The winch strap broke and it floated off on me when I wasn't watching. But it made it easier not to get paint on the trailer and not have any 'holidays' on the bottom. Like magic!
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Interlux Trilux 33 is what many of the commercial vessels around Beaufort use. I think it is derived from Interlux Micron 66.
Trilux 33 is one the softest, least durable anti fouling paints you can buy and if regular in-water hull cleaning is a part of your boat maintenance regimen, will not last long. I do not recommend it and believe there are other, better choices for a fiberglass hull.

As far as it being "derived from Interlux Micron 66", I do not believe this is the case. Not only does Micron 66 use a completely different ablating technology than Trilux but Micron 66 is unsuitable for use in freshwater. I believe the Trilux products predate Micron 66 by many years as well.
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