Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bottom Paint SeaHawk's Island44


As of two years ago, SeaHawk's Island44, their tin based paint, was still legal in the US for boats over 75 ft LOA.  Like Ric said, many if not most commercial ships use this or similar tin based paints, as does the US Navy.  It's not illegal to buy it in the US, but it is illegal to put it on a boat less than 75ft long.

I painted Kristy's bottom with this in Trinidad several years ago.  It lasted 4 1/2 + years in difficult conditions (brackish water in 6-8 ft tidal flow).  Unfortunately I was given bad information by a vendor when it was time to repaint.  Nothing sticks to this paint but more Island 44!  If you're going to put something else over it, you have to strip it chemically in an enclosed space, and dispose of residue in a lined landfill.

It is a great paint and is available in most of the world.  When it is time for me to repaint, I will use it again, and I'll buy enough to repaint again.  That should give me close to ten years of a trouble-free bottom.

Kent Robertson
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On Aug 26, 2016, at 2:09 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Have a read of this :

Sea Hawk Paints executives get prison terms in banned-coating case


Tin based paints are banned nearly everywhere in the world, for good reason.

I wouldn't trust this company at all.

Elyse SM437..still in Koumac

Whoa, Seahawk in Fl still making great paint. Some tin paints like Seahawk 44 is Only sold outside the USA. It has lasted 4 years in the islands (hauled 4 months/yr). Works in Annapolis (brackish) too. Now on second yr  expect 2 more. used 2 coats, third at waterline. Most yards here avoid sanding due to regulations, Don't!  Guess what the Navy uses.
Bali Hai SN 24

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We're not in the Caribbean but in the Pacific.

We used Seahawk Cukote in 2014 before heading to Tahiti, it seemed to be OK until we arrived in New Zealand. After 3 months in the marina at gulf harbour we had a vegetable garden growing underneath, neighbouring boats didn't have this issue.
The Seahawk dealer didn't want to know about my fouling issues.
I since learnt that the executives of the company that makes Seahawk products were prosecuted (jailed?) for continuing to sell tin based paints in the US when they declared to the FDA that they had stopped. 
We since changed to Micron 77 ( I used micron 66 on my previous boat for years with excellent results except for one year which I believe was due to the painter adding thinners to the antifouling - Bill, Bebe knows all about that!) and it seems to be good.
My two penny worth.....
Elyse SM437
Koumac, New Caledonia

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