Here are answers to some questions customers frequently ask about bottom painting. If you have any other questions about bottom painting your boat, call our live tech support experts ator speak to a representative on the Jamestown Forum. What's the best type of antifouling paint to use?
While death and taxes may be better known, there's a third certainty in life many boat owners face that's often viewed with just as much trepidation. Photo: Frank Lanier. Ever since our first troglodytic ancestor shoved off astride his trusty log, mariners have tried most every concoction imaginable to keep waterborne critters and growth at bay, from mixtures of tar, sulfur, and brimstone, to paints laced with tin, arsenic, pesticides, and even the occasional jar of chili powder.
Typically when people discuss bottom paint on a boat they are referring to Antifouling paint. Bottom paint prevents growth of organisms that attach to the hull and can affect a vessels speed, performance, and durability when boat is kept in the water for extended periods of time. Antifouling bottom paint typically has a flat, dull finish that is used below the waterline.
As a boat owner, getting dragged to the depths of the ocean by a giant sea monster is probably not high on your list of concerns. But make no mistake, there are some very foul creatures lurking beneath the waves. What you will see—and want to prevent—is the ugly, dirty, slimy mess they make on the bottom of your hull that decreases your speed and increases your fuel bill because your engine has to work harder.
Placing most of your attention on the paint above the waterline will make your boat look beautiful, but it's more important to pay attention to what's going on below the waterline. Fouling organisms such as shells, weeds, and slime can harm the structural integrity of your boat hull, which can lead to more expensive repairs down the road. Excessive marine growth on the bottom of your boat can also increase your fuel bill because the engine has to work harder to move the boat through the water.
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Discussion in ' Boating Discussion ' started by drewMay 8, Messages: Likes Received: 0. Hello All, Any recommendation on what I should do with the bottom of my boat?
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