I know this topic has resurfaced again and again, and I have reviewed previous threads as well as the vast amount of lore and opinion that is endlessly Googlable. But I have a slightly odd situation, and thought I'd query the collective wisdom of my favorite nautical community.
It comes with a huge mea culpa
- the last bottom job on Nomadness,
my Amazon 44 steel
sailboat, was by the previous owner... in 2005. Stuff came up. You know how it is.
I've just moved the boat to Olympia, and the first order of business (tomorrow) is a haulout for a long-overdue bottom job as well as a few ding fixes. My diver just scraped a frightening amount of growth prior to this run from my previous berth in Oak Harbor to my new one in the South Sound, and he reported that the bottom and zincs are in good condition. I'll know more tomorrow.
I don't have any information on base coat or the rest of the system below waterline, but the PO said the previous paint
was West Marine
"Bottom Shield." Being all gone, I'm not sure that's relevant, but it's a data point and may indicate previous decisions about system compatibility. The Pettit chart says "light sand and apply" across their entire line.
The fellow who runs the company that will be selling us paint
and doing initial handholding suggested TriLux as his basic (though not necessarily "best") recommendation, but when I research
that it seems to be primarily used on aluminum
(being tin-based). Is this sound advice for steel
I've had the boat about 2.5 years and have been working on systems, but am still a newbie when it comes to hull
and paint... and there are also some rusty owies in the above-WL Imron that need attention as well while we're on the hard
. Workboat patina is fine... any recommendations for these band-aid jobs?
I've been running a webcam and tracker on this trip, by the way, and will probably keep the camera
on while at the yard... the link is Nomadness webcam and tracker
if you want to peek over our shoulder.
Cheers, and thanks for any words of wisdom!