Antifouling Paint

Hi Steve, We have a 50′ aluminum ketch (1978 French design) here in Seattle. We’re leaving for our next trip in 18 months ( the first trip was a 5-year circumnavigation) and are trying to decide whether to pay the money now to repaint the bottom with a TBT paint at very high cost or wait until Mexico. What do you think is the best long-term plan for antifouling?

Hi Eddie–if you can get good quality TBTF paint in Mexico, with a higher concentration of TBTF, then that is obviously the way to go. We’ve met several boats this trip with TBTF from Trinidad which they felt was working well–if you’re headed to the Caribbean. Steve

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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