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    Any recommendations on type/brand of bottom paint that will maximize fuel efficiency, and not adversely effect your fuel burn for an aluminum boat?
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    is the boat going to be in the water all year ?? I never painted the bottom of my bowpicker and it was in the water may to september. I just cloxed the bottom once or twice a season.

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    From what little I've read about bottom paint increase speed is not one of the main reason someone would put bottom paint on a boat. Is that all your wanting more speed or is there something else?

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    Don't use anything with copper in it. It will eat your bottom.

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    I've had good results with Epaint SN-1 on my boat so far


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    Boat in the water May thru September.
    Bottom paint only cause of strong rec from the builder.
    I have a recommendation for Sharkhide......

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    You might find this interesting there a guy on “thehulltruth” that having a problem with bottom paint and he has the same name as yours.

    http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...fficiency.html


    We recently placed bottom paint on our new aluminum catamaran located in Alaska. The boat is in the water 4 months out of the year and dry docked for the rest of the year.
    We immediately noticed a 20% decrease in our fuel efficiency after the bottom paint had been placed. This is a very big deal as fuel efficiency equals range...and in AK range, not speed, is everything.
    Can anyone offer suggestions on how to maximize fuel efficiency with regards to bottom paint? I'm open to any and all suggestions.

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    JD

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