Choosing a Bottom Paint

Choosing a Bottom Paint for Your Boat

So you have questions about bottom paint? There's a lot of information and technology out there that we could talk about for days! Overall, the hull of your boat should have a good coat of bottom paint. Most manufacturers indicate that one coat will get you through a boating season.

What is the difference between ablative and hard paints? Ablative is a soft paint, designed to wear off with use over time. It leaves less of an annual buildup than hard paint. Hard paint remains on the bottom until you physically or chemically remove it.


Herrington Harbour offers 4 standard Paint Packages at very reasonable costs. Our packages include the prep of a light sanding, materials, one coat of paint and one shaft / rudder zinc. We can also special order paint if you want something specific. The paints we have chosen are great for Chesapeake Bay boating.

Interlux Act:  An ablative paint that is an excellent single season paint for a great price.

Pacifica Plus:  Our new copper free, eco-friendly option!  We are currently using it on our boats and several of our customers have tested it on theirs. The paint works great.

Micron Extra with Biolux:  A bit heavier ablative paint that is suggested for Bay and Coastal Cruising. Applying a second coat of Micron would certainly get you through multiple seasons.

Pettit Trinidad Pro:  We prefer this hard paint which is a hard epoxy with slime reduction.

Click here for paint package pricing. For additional information on antifouling bottom paint you can also visit the Interlux Paint and Pettit Paint websites.


Reminder:  If you are applying your own bottom paint while on land at Herrington Harbour,  we ask that you consider your neighbor and the environment when prepping and painting your boat. Dustless sanding vacuum systems are mandatory. Any debris coming off the boat to the ground needs to be captured on a tarp or filter cloth and then disposed of in the dumpster. You are responsible for your debris. Paint must be rolled on.

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