Haul Out Season is Underway

If you are psyched that you escaped a hurricane scramble to haul your boat (thank you, Joaquin for sparing the East Coast….mostly….) then enjoy these last weeks of killer autumnal sailing and boating. It can be the best time of year for crisp sunset cruises and sweet catches from the fall run.

And when you haul – and peek under the waterline to see what biology experiment you were conducting down there this season, please chime in to our short and sweet Post Season Bottom Paint Survey and let us know which bottom paint you chose, where you keep your boat and how your chosen paint performed this year!

The live map updates as survey results filter in and you can see each and every result right on the map. Very handy for giving you a glimpse into what paints are working and what your fellow boaters nearby are using and what is working and what is failing.

So once you haul, swing back to the survey – it takes less than one minute to complete. You will be a part of the largest bottom paint data collection ever compiled!  We thank you!

New Inflatable Bottom Paint

Why not go make a video about the new TotalBoat Inflatable Bottom Paint on a beautiful summer day? The typical southwesterly breeze that we all rely upon here for our fine sailing had it’s own ideas. It was all but non-existent way past it’s normal arrival time of noonish – so we figured it was safe. It was still out there. Perfect painting weather. And then she arrived in all her 15-20 knot glory.  But we didn’t let that stop us. Who said you can’t paint midday in a stiff breeze? And if someone did say such a thing – please refer them to our lovely little video of Eric painting his pal’s inflatable.

I’d go as fas as to say that the conditions only helped the paint dry nice and fast and it went on without a hitch. But that’s how we make our products – easy to use even for those who can’t pick their project conditions. Because sometimes you have to apply varnish in the cold spring under a nasty plastic cover. And sometimes you have to paint your inflatable when it’s blowing 15-20. Hey – at least it was sunny and warm. And it looks great and is doing it’s one job on the rubber boat- keep off the critters and the growth. Mission accomplished! And hey the video ain’t half bad either.

 

Bottom Paint Research – Mid Season Update

This spring we told you about the RWU marine science students who had been busy building barges and painting panels with bottom paints to test. That was quite a process, but it’s nothing compared to their current and most recently quite busy process, with biweekly visits to each of the 5 barge locations. Every other week they check on every single panel, recording each panel’s growth, and any and all changes with notes and photos. They then swipe them clean and back into the water they go.

Jamestown Distributors will learn a lot from these scientist’s findings once all the data has been collected. We will receive a report on their findings and use the results to help us better advise our customers on which paint will perform better based on location, use and other factors. We like to think we are the experts on bottom paint, from our customer service advisors, to actually manufacturing our own TotalBoat bottom paints.  With this insight we will do a much better job as our knowledge base increases. Early results point – as expected – to the great differences in growth according to boat location. What works in one harbor might not work in your own area.

In case you thought we’re giving it all away before you’ve even watched the video, don’t worry! The students have taken this study to a whole new level and we are thrilled to have been able to film them as they build and check the barges. But the real carrot at the end here will be the results. And just like you, we can’t wait to learn about what the RWU students learned.

in the meantime, please become a part of the study and enter your own pre-season info into our short survey. Plugging in these customers survey results alongside the RWU research will present a very powerful picture at the end of the season. Be a part of it! Take the survey now and when you haul your boat later this season – circle back and fill in your own results. It’s all science and it all helps us help you find the most effective bottom paint for your boat.

Antifouling Companies Struggle with the Loss of Herbicide Irgarol

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Your go-to antifouling paint may be different than it was last season.

As a boat owner, debunking the science of which bottom paint to use can be puzzling. Choosing the right antifouling for your boat will depend on many factors including your location, the current and the water temperature as well as what type of boat you have and how frequently you use it. Success with a particular bottom paint usually equals a loyal brand customer who relies on similar results season after season.

So then, if a main ingredient that was touted as being *key* to the antifouling side of boat bottom paint all of a sudden disappeared from the contents, are we ill fated to depend on our tried and true (maybe even blue!) paint? Enter Irgarol: The algaecide supplied by chemical giant BASF and widely relied upon by most marine paint manufacturers to control “soft growths” like slime and plant growth that has very recently been discontinued as a bottom paint ingredient.

BASF seems to have caught the bottom paint industry off guard with their announcement late last year, and while manufacturers of the Irgarol dependent paint hope that in just 6-9 months it could be in production again, there is no guarantee, and certainly these companies had to act quickly to be ready for bottom paint season with an alternative. There are a number of popular antifouling paints that are being affected by BASF’s discontinuation of Irgarol.

As a distributor of most of the bottom paints listed above, when Jamestown Distributors got word about the Irgarol shortage, we, like many other suppliers, ordered as much stock as possible of these Irgarol formulated paints to help customers seamlessly prepare for spring launching.  Supplies are limited, however we do have these paints in stock and will sell them while inventory lasts. In fact the non-Irgarol replacement paints are also already in stock and for sale by most suppliers, including JD, and we have worked hard on our website to make sure it is clear to customers whether the paint you are buying contains Irgarol or doesn’t.

The moral here: Buyers, be aware of what you are buying.  It may not be apparent to you as the consumer if you are using paint with Irgarol or paint without Irgarol. Read the labels carefully.  The cans look similar, the type in most cases is small and it can be difficult to tell the two formulas apart.

Jamestown Distributors is sharing this information with our customers because our nearly 40 years of experience and expertise with marine coatings has proven that consumers care about the ingredients and performance of their bottom paint.  Our own line of six different TotalBoat bottom paints were all developed without Irgarol and we are obviously glad to stand tall in the industry with our own proven growth-fighting bottom paints, without the distraction of reformulating our product line.

So be informed, read your paint can labels, check the product descriptions at JamestownDistributors.com and monitor your paint’s performance this season. Additionally, we invite you to come aboard the JD Bottom Paint Survey, and be a part of our own research & development of antifouling paints and their performance specific to your boat’s location.  The more we know, the more YOU know!

Happy Antifouling! Let’s go boating!

2015 Bottom Paint Study Summary

Summary: RWU Bottom Paint Study 2015

WHAT WE TESTED

The best antifouling paint is the one that works best in your boating environment. Our goal was to see which antifouling paints performed best in southern New England waters during a single boating season. This study was conducted by researchers in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) from May to October, 2015.

Antifouling performance can vary not only from location to location, but within different areas of the same location, so we deployed our test panels in locations that varied by a host of factors such as water circulation, salinity, temperature, and biofouling organisms present.

WHERE WE TESTED

To learn as much as possible about how location affects antifouling performance, four rafts containing test panels were deployed in four different locations in the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island; one raft was placed in Sippican Harbor in Massachusetts. Specific locations are listed below.

Location Environment
Warwick, RI Warwick Cove Harbor with restricted water circulation
Wickford, RI Wickford Harbor adjacent to Mill Cove Harbor with restricted water circulation
Providence, RI India Point Park Head of an estuary, near a major freshwater source, with urban conditions and runoff from land that introduces contaminants and excessive nutrients into the water
Tiverton, RI
The northern Sakonnet River
Open estuary
Marion, MA
At the head of Sippican Harbor
Head of an estuary, surrounded by saltmarsh and mudflats, with very little freshwater input

HOW WE TESTED

Over 700 wooden test panels were primed and painted by Roger Williams University students*, then attached to five rafts for this innovative antifouling paint study using a quantitative study of paint performance, replication to allow statistical analysis, and procedures to simulate boat movement. Each raft contained 144 numbered wooden panels and was set up as follows:

  • 132 panels were coated with TotalBoat TotalProtect Epoxy Primer & barrier coat before antifouling paint was applied. Each of 22 antifouling paints was applied to six panels, for a total of 132.
  • 12 panels served as control measures: 6 were coated with TotalBoat TotalProtect Epoxy Primer & barrier coat only; 6 panels were coated with blue TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint only.

Each panel was numbered so that during the study, testers were not aware of the paint names and brands.


*The Roger Williams University (RWU) students are an independent group paid by RWU, not by Jamestown Distributors.

The rafts were submerged at their various locations beginning in May, 2015. Let the fouling begin!

Every two weeks, the rafts were pulled from the water, panels were removed and photographed for comparison, and the percentage of accumulated soft and hard biofouling coverage was noted.

Before being reattached to the raft, each panel was wiped lightly with a sponge to simulate boat movement through the water and mimic the self-eroding properties of ablative paint. Panels were then put back on the raft randomly in order to minimize the effect of panel location on antifouling performance. The raft was again submerged in the exact location from which it was pulled.

ALL SITES RESULTS 

The charts below indicate biofouling coverage results for all test sites. TotalBoat Krypton copper-free antifouling paint containing Econea™ and boosted with slime-fighting zinc pyrithione received highest marks for performance, with many other TotalBoat antifouling paints performing well against competing brands. See our TotalBoat Antifouling Paint Compatibility Chart for how to prep previous antifouling coatings for overcoating with TotalBoat antifouling paints.

Coverage Index for All Sites

OTHER CONCLUSIONS

The testing showed that paint performance varied by location, and was affected by local variations in the amount of sunlight, currents, and proximity to other fouled substrates (docks, for example). This goes far to explain why different boaters using the same paint can observe differences in performance at the same marina. To find out what antifouling paint will work best, use our survey data and interactive bottom paint map to see what paint works best in your area. It’s also a great idea to talk to other boaters and to boatyard professionals who are knowledgeable about specific fouling problems.

Since antifouling performance can also vary from season to season, our testing will be ongoing, and as we learn more, we’ll keep improving our paints so you’ll always have the most current information and the most effective products.

Read the FULL ANTIFOULING BOTTOM PAINT STUDY REPORT Here….

GET INVOLVED! TAKE THE SURVEY about how your 2016 bottom paint performed!