Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-05-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Adelaide's Avatar
 
City: La Conner, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 1983 Tung Hwa Clipper
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 365
When to bottom paint

My 30' Tung Hwa last was bottom painted in 2008 2 coats - 3 along waterline with Woolsey ablative. My diver states that my bottom is very clean with no barnacles and the slime wipes right off. I do have him come out 3 times a year. I don't want to waste money by prematurely painting. Also, My boat is moored in brackish water. Anyone else get this kind of long term results? Should I wait for my diver to tell me it's time?
__________________
Advertisement

Adelaide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
Guru
 
Nomad Willy's Avatar
 
City: Concrete Washington State
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Willy
Vessel Model: Willard Nomad 30'
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 13,712
Adelaide wrote;

"Should I wait for my diver to tell me it's time?"

Perhaps longer than that but don't neglect any other bottom maintenance.
__________________

__________________
Eric

North Western Washington State USA
Nomad Willy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Captain K's Avatar
 
City: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Holly Day
Vessel Model: Marine Trader 44
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 288
Had my bottom painted in April of 2010 and it's been pretty much as you describe yours. I clean my own bottom, which at 65 years old, is fun. And the worst growth is, of course in warmer, saltier water. I spent all last winter down in Key West on the hook and had to scrape the bottom for light growth twice over the winter. Since then I've been at my home dock in UCLA (Uncivilized Lower Alabama). Water here is brackish as well, but plenty warm in summer. I'm planning on repainting early this coming spring, probably in mid-to-late March because I'll be crusing south to the Exumas (Bahamas Group) later in the spring and early summer and am too damned old to work as hard as I used to. Hope that helps amigo!
Captain K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #4
Scraping Paint
 
City: -
Country: -
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 13,748
We've gone as long as five years (not on purpose) but generally have the bottom painted every two. We have a dive service check the boat every six months but they are not allowed to wipe down bottoms. We use ablative paint so it goes away as we use the boat. But even after those five years the bottom was not hideous although the paint was shot. It would have been a different story had the divers not been knocking the barnacles off the props and rudders.

I think if the divers are reporting your boat's bottom as being in good shape, it probably is. Haul and paint when they tell you it's needed or you start seeing growth on the sides of the boat below the waterline.
Marin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 11:58 PM   #5
Guru
 
Phil Fill's Avatar
 
City: Everett Wa
Country: US
Vessel Name: Eagle
Vessel Model: Roughwater 58 pilot house
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,919
[QUOTE=Adelaide;124138]My 30' Tung Hwa last was bottom painted in 2008 2 coats - 3 along waterline with Woolsey ablative. My diver states that my bottom is very clean with no barnacles and the slime wipes right off. I do have him come out 3 times a year. I don't want to waste money by prematurely painting. Also, My boat is moored in brackish water. Anyone else get this kind of long term results? Should I wait for my diver to tell me it's


Is Laconner brackish?

Everett is brackish, but we pull ever years as only the first couple of feet is fresh.

On lake Union we got about 5 years.
Phil Fill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 06:52 AM   #6
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,525
The easy way with ablative paint is to use two colors.

WE use red as a base coat and a few coats of white on top.

When you see the red , its time for a paint job , not before.
__________________

FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012