Adhesion and Opacity Varies Widely

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Ahesion was a key characteristics we sought in a sail paint, but we were also interested in opacity.

  1. After six months, Benjamin Moore paint was chipped widely and it peeled when the sail was bent.
  2. MDR/Amazons paint was still flexible after 6 months, and the coating was consistently adhered throughout.
  3. Against a strong backlight, white MDR/Amazons paint (lower half of image) was clearly more transparent than the gray.
  4. The Flexabar Life Ring paint did not cover well and was more transparent than the better paints.
Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.

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