From yesterday's 'Lectronic Latitude,
comes word that another 2 1/2 years of the study have been analyzed, with some surprising results. If the water-based paint is ever identified and can be subjected to conditions more varied than those in San Francisco
Bay, it may prove to be "the answer," (for some, in certain conditions.)
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Bottom Paint Study Update
December 10, 2010 – Sausalito
'Haully Green Giant' takes Silent Sun
to KKMI Sausalito's wash down area.
Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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"Since the fall of '07, this writer and her husband's boat has been part of a bottom paint study to test the efficacy of the biocide Econea, an eco-friendly product produced by Janssen Pharmaceutica and sold to different paint companies. Three paints were applied to the bottom of our Crealock
37 — one control paint containing 67% copper, one solvent-based test paint and one water-based test paint. After a year, the water-based paint, in our opinion as boat owners, was not only the best among the three, but the best paint we'd ever used. There was zero hard growth on all three — which made them equally 'successful' in the eye of study coordinator Jack Hickey, as that is the study's primary focus — but the water-based paint had very little slime or grass. The other two were mini-ecosystems unto their own."
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Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude