The final step was putting on the anti-fouling coat. I used 4 gallons of Pettit Trinidad red and got about two and a half coats on the bottom, with some extra on the bottom of the keel and at the waterline. The final coats were put on about four days before splashing the boat. This is well within the time to splash recommended by the manufacturer, which I think is around two weeks.

As of now, I have not seen any barnacles growing along the waterline. That is a good indication that the painting went well. I’ll have to bottom more thoroughly inspected next month to see how it is going with the running gear and areas I cannot see from above. So, for I am happy with the end result, although it took a huge amount of time and effort.

Below are some pictures of the bottom after it was finished.

painting boat bottom

freshly painted boat bottom

Putting on the final barrier coat for bottom paint job

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *