Bottom Paints for Brackish Water at 1 Year

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For more than four decades, Practical Sailor has been testing bottom paints, although for the first few years, the topic really didn’t draw much attention. This was back in the day of Tributyl tin (TBT), a highly effective antifouling agent that easily delivered three years of protection in most saltwater environments. While expensive, paint prices […]
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Darrell Nicholson is Director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division and the editor of Practical Sailor. A lifelong thalassophile, he grew up sailing everything from El Toro dinghies to classic Morgans on Miami's Biscayne Bay. In the early 90s, he left a newspaper job to sail an old gaff-rigged ketch across the Pacific and has been writing about boats and the sea ever since. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida.