Dan & Lori,
We use a similar ablative paint, and put on two coats every haul out. In the Caribbean 24 months is pushing it, but it you clean regularly it works. With ablative paints be sure to clean gently, you do not want to be scrubbing off the paint!
An extra coat within a foot of the waterline, the bow, and the leading edge of the keel, and rudder also help.
I have had excellent experience with Micron66 in the colder waters of San Francisco Bay on my old boat. We have avoided using it on Harmonie because we regularly end up going places with relatively fresh water (e.g., Florida Rivers, and the upper Chesapeake). Micron 66 fails in very short order in freshwater.
Annapolis, MD, USA
---In amelyachtowners@..., <mcerdos@...> wrote :
I slap a couple
of coats on whenever I haul. The Micron 66 is ablative and is going to flake
off as it is designed to do. Last summer in Grenada, we put three coats on. It
had been two and half year since the last haul and the bottom paint was thin. When
we hauled in Curacao (unexpectedly) a couple of months ago, we had them put two
coats on after a light sand. We have no issues with growth or barnacles.
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - Bonaire
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2018 10:51 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Micron 66 Caribbean experience
Hello Amel owners, I know from discussions that many of you use Micron
66 bottom paint in the Caribbean. I'm looking for responses from those with
specific experience. I put 2 coats on the bottom of my boat in Nov of
2017 and sailed the eastern Caribbean for 7 months. We hauled in Curacao last
June (the bottom was very clean). We go back in November to sail the western
Caribbean for the next 7 months with plans to haul again in June of 2019.
Question for those who have done something similar. Do you just scuff the boat
and relaunch and only paint every other year? Or do you put a fresh coat on
each year while the boat is out and dry? Looking for boaters with actual
experience with this scenario. As an added note, when the water is clean
I regularly go for a swim with a scrubber to keep the bottom clean. I
have the idea that we may be in more places in the western Caribben where I might
not want to do that as often.
Thanks, Dan and Lori Carlson,
SM387, sv BeBe