We finished prepping the hull this morning. This involved moving all the jackstands holding up the boat and sanding those areas, as well as doing "cut-ins"--areas of the hull that couldn't be reached by the big grinders, such as around thru hulls and other exterior fittings. We re-masked the wateline, cleaned the bottom with compressed air on starting rolling on bottom paint. The owner chose to use Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote, a classic modified-epoxy anti-foulant, which despite its name, is an excellent paint for wood boats.
As a general rule, bottom paint should be checked every 1-2 years, depending on environmental conditions and usage. Many boat owners report 3-4 years between coats, others religiously re-coat every year.
Q: How often should I bring my boat in for bottom paint? A: This will depend on the condition of the boat, the type of paint, the hours of usage the boat gets and environmental conditions. Many boats can go 2-3 years between fresh bottom paint, other boat owners will bring their boat in at least once a year. Call CSR for professional, unbiased advice.