October 2013 Issue
Which Bottom Paints Last the Longest?
A handful of paints offer consistent, long-term fouling protection.
Over the past five years, in our search for the best bottom paints, we’ve reported on three sets of bottom paint test panels that have been in salt water for two years or more. Most panel sets contained the same roster of 60 to 70 antifouling paints from Blue Water Paints, Epaint, Interlux, Pettit, Sea Hawk, and other makers. In the end, only seven antifouling paints proved capable of combatting barnacles after 24 months. We consider these to be the most reliable bottom paints available for the cruising sailor.
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