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Old 19-04-2010, 13:42   #1
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Fluorescent Bottom Paint ?

The offshore racing rules mention painting some portion of the bottom of a boat with a fluorescent paint color, as well as some part of the deck. What anti-fouling bottom coats allow for following this regulation while providing sufficient anti-fouling to keep the bottom slick? Has anyone had to deal with this before?

Also what deck paint is durable enough for deck work and bright colored enough to satisfy this criteria?
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The offshore racing rules mention painting some portion of the bottom of a boat with a fluorescent paint color ...
I don't think so.
see ➥ http://www.yca.org.ar/Gallery/921.pdf
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Uhh, Gord, look at rule 4.02 on page 35 :

4.02 Hull marking (colour blaze)

4.02.1 To assist in SAR location:-
a) Each yacht shall show at least 4 m^2 of fluorescent
pink or orange or yellow colour as far as possible in a
single area on the coachroof and/or deck where it
can best be seen. (Category 0)

b) Each yacht is recommended to show at least 1 m^2
of fluorescent pink or orange or yellow colour as far
as possible in a single area on the coachroof and/or
deck where it can best be seen. (Category 1)

4.02.2 Multihulls shall show on the underside, where they can
be seen when inverted, an solid area of highly-visible
colour (e.g. Day-Glo pink, orange, or yellow) of at least
1 m^2. (Categories 0 to 4)

4.02.3 Each yacht is recommended to show on each
underwater appendage an area of highly-visible colour. (Categories 0 and 1).

(I believe that older versions of the rule specified an area of the hull as well as the appendages)But to answer the original question, Pettit Paints VIVID and ePaint EP2000 anti-fouling bottom paints both come in a bright orange, among other colors.
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Thanks Catamount, I was about to whip out my copy also.

Any other options than those two paints? I'm not sure I like the technology of the vivid line, unless anyone else can comment on its effectiveness.
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I'm not seeing where this paint even needs to touch the water. i.e. if you painted this flourescent color under the bridgedeck on a cat (4.02.2 only mentions a cat, not a mono) it is out of the water and not subject to anti-fouling requirements. Also, the color is out of the sun and should hold up pretty well.
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DallasAB: I'm talking about 4.02.3 for a monohull, so I'll need the antifouling capability.
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As to 4.02.3, I would have thought that "recommended" would mean recommended; rather than compulsory.

But then again, I ain't no sea lawyer
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Yes, recommended. And I'm asking how.
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