We have previously written about the paint system we are using on Wind Horse. This is an Ameron/Devoe system which we sourced in New Zealand based on the suggestion of our friend, Dale Morris, at Ventura Harbor Boat Yard.
After 11,000 miles last year, and a few encounters with ice, there are several nicks in the bottom paint which need repair. The basic paint system is in good shape and the antifouling has performed well.
For those of you thinking about an aluminum boat, here is the Ameron system that we used:
Against bare aluminum, Ameron 302 Zinc – One coat.
Barrier coats, Ameron 235 epoxy – three coats.
Antifouling – Ameron ABC #3 ablative.
The top of the bottom paint is finished off with a bootstripe of LPU enamel to seal the edge of the bottom paint system. Topsides, of course, are left bare.