The Islands 44 comes in two types...SOFT as sold in Budget Marine
but a HARD version as sold at Island Water
World. Both are self ablating and the rate at which the anti fouling
wears off depends upon distance sailed. I use the HARD type but it is relatively soft compared to some other anti fouling
paint such as Petit Trinidad. This meant that any contact with the bottom brushed off the anti-fouling
to the extent even cleaning
the prop created a cloud of very expensive paint in the water. Cleaning
the bottom was a definite Do Not!
I used to regularly sail about 15000 miles annually and it would wear away in about 5-6 months.
The solution was to apply a base paint...a hard compatible anti - fouling first. Then apply the Islands 44 ( hard ) over that and let it dry out for a day at least before launching.
This gave 5-6 months trouble and maintenance
free sailing. You could then do some bottom cleaning on the hard
base coat once the softer paint had worn away!!
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