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Old 10-02-2011, 16:19   #1
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In Maryland there is a new law that state that it is illegal to scrub ablative paint in the water. I race a couple times a year so I scrub the bottom to get excess slime off. Looks like now I can not. Should I change my paint from ablative to hard?
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Shouldn't be scrubbing the ablative anyway. If frequent sailing is not good enough then wiping with a cotton diaper should do it.

Your Honor, I was not not scrubbing the paint, I was wiping off the slime ....
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In Maryland there is a new law that state that it is illegal to scrub ablative paint in the water. I race a couple times a year so I scrub the bottom to get excess slime off. Looks like now I can not. Should I change my paint from ablative to hard?
Please post a regulation citation. From what I see there is advice against excessive scrubbing, but not an outright ban.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/c...rwaterhull.pdf

Scrubbing ablatives has never been a good idea--it shortens the life of the paint and pollutes the water--but if done very gently and only 1-2 times per year, the effective life of the paint can be extended to 2 years with better paints. It is a tricky line, but if done carefully and with the intention of getting 2 years from the paint, then probably no more copper is released than by another sailor that repaints every year and releases more because of his new paint's higher leaching rate.

I like berber carpet squares. Wipe only the areas that need it and only as much needed. If it grows back in less than a few months, you're due for a new paint job. If the whole boat needs scrubbed, you probably need new paint.
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But probably not, IMHO.
Notwithstanding, why should we suffer either?
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Should I change my paint from ablative to hard?
I think the big boys use a hard bottom paint anyway. I don't think their boats usually sit in the water long though.

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Switching to hard paint is a good idea. After having made the same switch, I've never looked back.
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Switching to hard paint is a good idea. After having made the same switch, I've never looked back.
Step back in amazement.... !!
Well slap me round the head with a soggy cod.....
Bashhh.... are you feeling ok...
We agree on something...
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Step back in amazement.... !!
Well slap me round the head with a soggy cod.....
Bashhh.... are you feeling ok...
We agree on something...
I'm keeping records. This appears to be the third time it's happened.

Might I soon end up shopping for bilge keels?
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I'm keeping records. This appears to be the third time it's happened.

Might I soon end up shopping for bilge keels?
Now your being silly... even I would'nt do that....
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Might I soon end up shopping for bilge keels?
Someone's been drinking the koolaid
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It's been a long day. During my afternoon class, one of my students kept mispronouncing "zooxanthellae."
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