Paints

Exterior Wood Finishes

After a brief-and for testers, much needed-hiatus from testing wood finishes, we recently launched a new long-term evaluation of exterior wood coatings. Our last...

Bottom Paint Checkup 2015

What We TestedThis report focuses on the effectiveness of 55 different paints after 18 months of immersion. Represented manufacturers include Blue Water Paints, Interlux,...

Sea Hawk Faces Stricter Scrutiny from EPA

Family-owned and -operated New Nautical Paints, the makers of Sea Hawk marine paints, is operating under an environmental compliance program that requires strict monitoring...

Check that Antifouling Label

Shortly before this issue went to print, Practical Sailor learned that Irgarol, a pesticide commonly used as a boosting agent in antifouling paints, is...

Repairing Worn Gelcoat

Regarding your blog post on restoring gelcoat (posted online March 18, 2014): Ive seen many similar articles over the years directed toward refinishing topsides....

Bottom Paint Checkup 2014

ConclusionMost of the conventional hard and ablative paints in this comparison are virtually the same blends weve been testing for years. At 12 months,...

Prop Paints Show Familiar Signs of Failure

Weve experimented with several different prop paints with varying degrees of success, although none of the results so far have been dazzling. Some of...

The Ins and Outs of Choosing a Bottom Paint

When choosing a bottom paint, make sure it is compatible with your existing paint, or be prepared for whatever extra prep work might be...

Tefcite Coating Fails Static Panel Test at 1 Year

Our quest for new antifouling paints recently took us into the world of long-life spray-on coatings promoted in the commercial-shipping industry. While the spray-on,...

Favorite Bottom Paints by Region

Lately, readers have been asking us about which antifouling paints serve well for specific bodiesof water (or type of water). So, in this article-our...

The Great Loop – The Basics

Join us this week as we discuss taking a sailboat around North America's great boating adventure - The Great Loop. We discuss advice from...
Tartan 30 Boat Review video from Practical Sailor

Tartan 30 | Boat Review