I have used Blue Water Copper Pro SCX for about a year now. Not a lot of experience, but some.
While in Florida
last winter, on two occasions we parked the boat for a month, either at a marina slip or a mooring
. What I discovered was that a slight slime developed, starting at the waterline. While neighboring boats were being scrubbed while in the water, I figured I would just let things go to see what would happen. No scrubbing. This was a new product for me and I wanted to see how it would compare with Interlux
products if just left alone. Note that in the past, I had regularly scrubbed the waterline when in warm water locations such as the Bahamas
, and using a different brand paint.
When we pulled the boat after about eight months (not related to the bottom paint), there was a well-developed slime/growth for about 12" from the waterline down - that washed right off. I managed to find one small (really small) barnacle back at the rudder
. Up until the boat was stationary in the water, nothing had formed on the bottom that I was aware of.
My takeaway from this experience was that once a slime had developed, the 6-7 knot
speed of my boat through the water wasn't fast enough to wash off the growth. Perhaps a motorboat would move fast enough to wash off the growth. I really should have scrubbed the bottom while we were parked. [Also bear in mind that Florida
is a real challenge for bottom paint
. This seems to be the epicenter of growth, outside of some polluted foreign harbors.] Other than the slime, I am pretty well satisfied so far
. I am interested to see how long this paint will be effective.
One minor quibble, the blue paint color, once immersed, isn't as vivid a color as I would like.
As for cost/value, at the price
I paid (I applied the paint myself) I have zero complaints
, and would recommend for similar applications!
As other have said, the boating
locale has a lot to do with proper antifouling choice. In the Chesapeake, I had good luck in the past with Woolsey Neptune. When they got eaten up by Petit, Fiberglass
Bottomkote (I think) was the Interlux
product that I used until I saw the light and started to use an ablative paint.
If all else fails, ask the guy in the slip next to you what works (or doesn't).