Lately, readers have been asking us about which antifouling paints serve well for specific bodies of water (or type of water). So, in this articleour annual spring bottom paint reportwe will try to answer these questions with some recent reader survey data and sales reports from the two biggest brands in the U.S. (Pettit Paints and Interlux Yacht Finishes). But before we get into the regional breakdowns, a quick recap on choosing bottom paint and our paint testing program is in order. If youre a longtime subscriber, feel free to skip down to the Current Testing section.
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Systems & Propulsion
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Inside Practical Sailor Blog
by By Darrell Nicholson on March 07, 2014
As I edge toward my 200th blog post and my tenth year as the editor of Practical Sailor, Im going to detour briefly from the usual fare to say thanks, to you our readers, but more importantly to the loyal group of testers who have brought this publication to where it is todaythe top of the heap in its field. This fact was recognized last month at the annual meeting of Boating Writers International, a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.