Whether you launch your boat in fresh or salt water, bottom paint is designed to discourage all sorts of things from attaching themselves to your vessel. Also known as “antifouling paint,” bottom paint is a coating that will prevent weeds, barnacles, and lots of other aquatic organisms from latching onto the hull of your boat. There is a lot of debate as to which type of bottom paint is best. Most paints will include a biocide, such as copper. For many years people chose a paint that included tin, which has now been banned due to environmental damage concerns. Copper is currently the most frequently used biocide; however there are many new products on the market that contain little to no copper at all.
For boats that stay out on the water year-round, as well as boats that stay out on the water for the entire boating season, bottom paint should be mandatory. If you only use your boat for a few weeks each time throughout the year or if you store your boat up on foldable sailboat stands, keel stands and benches when not in-use, you might not require bottom paint to protect the hull. In fact, for boats that spend a lot of time in a dry storage facility or up on top quality boat stands in a garage, a basic spring cleaning and a good coat of wax might be all you need to keep those little water critters at bay.
Dry Land Maintenance
Whenever you perform maintenance on your boat out of the water, it is important to use an effective solution to ensure that your vessel does not tip over or get damaged. The Brownell Boat Stand System can be customized to meet the specific requirements of your boat, whether you own a sailboat, motorboat, or even a pontoon. This system includes a wide range of sizes and types for boat stands, keel stands, and benches. If you aren’t sure what you’ll need for your exact make and model of boat, visit the Brownell website and use our Boat Stand Selector tool. We can provide you with information on the type and number of boat stands you will need to properly support the weight and balance of your vessel.
If you have never painted the bottom of your boat for added protection, just make sure that you understand that once you start, you can never stop. There is an ongoing cycle that is required once the bottom paint has been applied, meaning that ongoing applications, cleanings, and renewal will be part of your maintenance schedule. However, if your boat meets any of the criteria above, such as remaining in the water year-round or spending the entire boating season in the water without coming out for a few weeks to dry out, bottom paint could be essential. Not everyone agrees that bottom paint is the best solution, so it’s a good idea to talk with other boat owners in your area in similar situations to get the pros and cons straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
This is the age-old question for boat owners, whether it is applying bottom paint or performing annual maintenance. Should you do the work yourself, or should you hire a professional? When it comes right down to it, the primary advantage of doing it yourself is not having to pay someone else to do it. However, if you are one of those boat owners who enjoy all of the annual maintenance or doesn’t trust anyone else to “do it right” the way that you would take care to do it, you might want to do it regardless of any financial advantage. The boat must be cleaned, prepped, and the paint applied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and according to safety regulations. If you are comfortable with doing other DIY projects, this might be a good job for you. If you have trouble painting a room in your home, you might want to hire a pro.
Many boat yards will do this type of work for their clients. If you have a good yard that you trust to store your boat during the off-season on top quality boat stands or when not in-use throughout the season, you should ask about bottom painting. In fact, the yard might have a rule about owners doing this type of work on-site, so a DIY project might not be possible unless you have room to do it at home. Like other boating work and maintenance, the more you can learn about something before you do it, the better off you will be. Speak with other boat owners, the guy at the boat yard, folks at the marina – anyone that you think might have some insight – and gather information before taking the plunge.
The number one name in top quality boat stands, the Brownell Boat Stand System is used by individual boat owners and professionals around the world. Makers of foldable sailboat stands, keel stands and benches, along with motorboat stands, pontoon dollies, alternate marine dollies, trailer components, and much more, you can trust the Brownell name. If you are interested in learning more about our boat stands and equipment, visit our website. Make sure to check out our Boat Stand Selector to find the right stands and system for your vessel or give us a call at 508-758-3671 to find an authorized dealer near you.