The Science of Bottom Paint: Get Involved!


Jamestown Distributors has been selling bottom paint for nearly 40 years and as a top seller of most major brands, we are excited to be teaming up with the Roger Williams University bio-science and marine science department to study a wide range of bottom paints and evaluate their performance. Jamestown has been collecting bottom paint data for years from our customers to learn which paints work in what harbors and on what boats. Your input to this data collection is so important and we hope you will take the time to enter the info about your own bottom paint choice for this season by participating in our Bottom Paint Survey.

Your data will augment the work being done by the RWU students who are conducting this very thorough testing of 22 brands of antifouling bottom paints over the summer and into the fall.  This video shows how they planned and constructed the 10 barges which they placed in 5 locations around SE New England. Before the science even started, they were into a major project centered around the scientific process and how to design and construct sturdy barges and a research process that would get the job done and produce reliable results.

TotalBoat bottom paints are, of course, a part of the RWU independent study and while some manufacturers might not want to hear about how their paint stacks up, we are anxious to hear about which paints work and which don’t – not only in the TB brand, but across the board. Because what better way is there to improve upon and nail the winning formula for antifouling, than understanding what works, what doesn’t work, and where.

So hop over to our Bottom Paint Survey and check out the simple questions. It won’t take long to compete it and you will feel like an expert marine biologist knowing that you are helping the science of improving bottom paint formulas. And next year your own bottom will be that much cleaner. (yeah – no one likes a dirty bottom….. we get it.)

Here’s a sneak peek at a panel we looked at today…. new video coming soon about midseason progress on the bottom paint barges…. stay tuned!

10 thoughts on “The Science of Bottom Paint: Get Involved!

  1. Summer of 2012, Pine Island Harbor, CT, e-Paint water soluble, total failure, to the extent that ePaint gave me two gallons of ePaint ZO. This prevented almost all hard growth but adhered poorly (2013). With better bottom prep, we got better adherence but bottom was covered with slime at the end of the summer of 2014. Current paint is Total Boat Krypton, and will give a report at the end of season (probably November). Looks OK so far but it is early days. It is easier to apply than ePaint ZO.

  2. This survey appears to be written for those who haul out annually. Here in Seattle most people (including myself) leave their boats in year round. My boat hasn’t been hauled in 2.5 years, but I do have the bottom paint checked during semi-annual dives.

    Since I can’t really provide tihs information via the survey I’ll give you more free-form text here. My paint is Interlux Micron 66, I keep the boat in a salt water slip. The paint was applied in Jan 2013. I’m still getting good service out of it, no hard growth and a little bit of soft growth on the rudder and near the waterline. I could probably go another year on this paint according to my diver, but will likely haul out this winter and use the same paint again.

  3. I experimented with adding capsaicin to bottom. It seemed that I less growth that year (San Diego), but I wasn’t rigorous with my research. I’m thinking of trying it again.

  4. In addition to RRM trying capsaicin, I have applied ground habinero pepper or Indian Murchi powder to the Total Boat paint I use for several years.. My 15 boat fleet of crabbing boats are in the water for 15 weeks throughout the summer exposed to the estuarine waters of Barnegat Bay in Seaside Heights NJ. After a summer cleanup is pretty easy. The boats are hauled out ,flipped and scrubbed. The buildup is pretty much wiped off the boats. Occasionally a Barnacle roots but they are easily scraped off.

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