Cay of Sea was hauled out for the winter yesterday. The boat yard manager knew I was keen to see how the bottom paint held up this season after I extensively sanded and painted the bottom last winter/spring. He called me while the boat was hanging in the slings, so I dashed over there in my car (it’s only a mile from where I live) to see it before the pressure washing was done. I used Pettit Hydrocoat – a water-based bottom paint – for the first time. My initial assessment of the product can be seen here.
So here is the first photo, and you can see for yourself:
notwithstanding the photo editing for enhanced viewing, you can see that the bottom paint is intact, well-adhered, with just a bit of staining at the water line. Although I didn’t have the presence of mind to grab my camera while she hung in the slings, I can tell you there were about 3 barnacles on the entire hull. That’s it. The scum was not completely repelled, but it wasn’t bad at all. I had brushed it once in late summer from my dinghy and managed to get everything down to the keel, and even 6 inches or so of the keel. But that was August. I felt no barnacles then either.
The paint is smooth. There are a few chips in a couple of random places – very small chips. I guess I didn’t get those spots clean enough, or roughed-up enough for the paint to adhere.
And that’s it. Three little chips – probably due to indifferent preparation. First season, so far so good. I’m pretty impressed. The real test will be next year, and hopefully the year after that.