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!

Getting to the Bottom of Paint – Report 1 – August Results

Last winter we approached the Roger Williams University Marine & Natural Sciences Department asking them if they would be interested in supporting an Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint test.  Together we developed a plan to test 20+ bottom paints in 5 locations.  Now, halfway through the data collection, we are fascinated by the early results. As expected, the different locations have yielded very different results – and while there is not a stand-out leader, there are some early conclusions to recognize, as certain formulas of paint seem to be out-performing others. The big takeaway at this midpoint is: no one antifouling paint is at the top of the results in all testing locations. And location matters.

What we’ve learned so far:  

  • The control samples came in last!  (which makes good sense)
  • Fouling growth varies greatly from harbor to harbor. (See the control panel comparison)
  • None of the paints worked well in every location
  • Many paints worked well in some locations, but not all.  (We’ll share the results from each harbor when the testing is finished and the dust clears later this season)
  • These are results after 3 months in New England.  Some antifouling paints are designed to work for 6-12 months and their worth may not show after 3.

Key findings so far:

  • Harbors with the most current had the most growth.
  • Copper-free paints can work as well or better than those with copper
  • Water based paints can work as well or better than solvent based paints.

We’re investing in building the biggest database of marine geo-conditions in order to make the best line of bottom paints as well as be able to make accurate recommendations to customers about the type of bottom paint that will truly perform best for them. We’d love YOUR contribution to this effort in order to build the most comprehensive resource for boaters available. Get involved by taking the Post Season Survey and tell us how your choice of bottom paint performed this year.  Continue reading

Bottom Paint Testing with a Little Help from Our Friends

Last summer we launched our own bottom paint testing program. We learned a lot, improved some of our own paint formulas and we’re back at it for the 2015 boating season.

Putting 22 different bottom paints on 10 floats, the “barges” will be installed in pairs in 5 New England locations, and their growth and performance will be monitored throughout the summer. This season, we have enlisted the help of the Roger William University Environmental Science students. Under the direction of Environmental Studies professor, Dr. Scott Rutherford, the students are building these 10 barges with flotation and will be using a spreadsheet to keep track of the different bottom paints/ barge locations/ water temps/ currents and the coverage of fouling organisms on over 200 panels. The ten barges will be set up in a variety of locations and the panels will be pulled, documented and rotated every 2 weeks. The RWU team has really taken this testing to a new level, as they plan to weigh each of the 720 panels every 2 weeks and record that weight with notes about the percentage of fouling organisms found on the test panel.

Each panel – as you will see in the photos – is numbered and that number corresponds to a spreadsheet listing the actual bottom paint brand used on it. No one will know which paints are on which panels – until the end – and each panel will be moved to a different location on its barge when they are pulled every 2 weeks.

Watch this space for the progression, photos and eventually results of the experiment. And feel free to participate on your own by recording your boat’s bottom paint type, your location, the growth you witness and more by signing up to be AN ANTIFOULER! We are proud to be spearheading this gold standard of bottom paint testing using TotalBoat brands and most of the major brands used by boaters nationwide. By learning about what works and doesn’t work in the antifouling world, we can formulate more effective and less toxic paint formulas and have happy bottoms and a healthy ocean.

Get involved! Be a Test Subject. (takes 5 minutes, tops!)

Tips and Tricks for Bottom Painting

If you haven’t painted your boat’s bottom yet – this might be your big weekend to get it done. We thought this video from sage shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, might help get you started and finished with little or no drama. Lou’s tips are helpful for proper mixing and preparation of not only the surface, but of the can and the little details. His explanations on coverage and coats, brush work and roller tricks are easy to understand and very handy!

Something else that might help you is our TotalBoat Bottom Paint SALE – where all TotalBoat bottom paints ship FREE! And only for another week! (Sale ends May 31). Jamestown Distributors has been selling and testing bottom paints for years and if you’re not ready to order today online (open 24/7 at www.jamestowndistributors.com) then you can wait until Tuesday when we reopen after the holiday and check in with our Tech Help Hotline. They can advise you on paint, brushes. application and much more.

Happy painting! Or (if you’re amongst the lucky ones) Happy BOATING! And Happy Memorial Day, too.

 

 

 

The Antifoulers: Getting to the Bottom of Bottom Paint

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There is nothing straightforward about picking a paint for any surface on your boat. So many factors can affect whether or not a paint will work the way you expect it to work!

Jamestown Distributors has been producing and publishing how-to videos, we set up a tech help hotline and live help on our website, and we have done lots of testing of numerous bottom paints. In short we are ready and willing to do almost everything to ensure your paint job works and works well, short of actually applying the paint. (bummer – eh?)  With recent changes to many of the top selling bottom paints (see our recent TBS post about Irgarol), The bottom paint game is even more complex than ever and we here at TotalBoat Show aim to help you sort it out and demystify the process. But we need your help.

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Testing bottom paints last summer with panels of each of the different bottom paints we sell. Serious research for expert advice.

The secret to picking the right paint for your boat’s bottom comes from evaluating a number of factors: what kind of water are you in (Salt or fresh), what is the water salinity of your boat’s location, is there a lot of current where you keep your boat, how often do you use your boat, and so on. Because we can’t answer this question for everyone, we developed a survey last year to get to the bottom of bottom paint. (See the 2014 Survey RESULTS) By participating and entering what worked and didn’t work – you can help us see on a map which paints work best in different locations based on crowd sourced feedback and reviews.

We carry and stock most every bottom paint out there. (Bottom Paint Shop here) We make our own bottom paint as well (TotalBoat brand, of course) and we want to know what the summer and fall of 2015 will do to your BRAND X bottom paint job. Can you help? Sign up now to input your basic info and we will touch base again in the fall for a report of your bottom paint’s performance.

The more info we get, the better results we will have to share with you and the more life we will get out of (and not on!) our bottom paints. HELP US OUT!

It is of course worth mentioning that our very own TotalBoat paints rated high amongst users. It is a top value with years of good results backing up all formulas. Have you tried our TotalBoat Bottom paint? We are offering FREE SHIPPING on all the TotalBoat Bottom Paints and have our customer service and store reps ready to help you select the right paint for your boat and your harbor! Thanks!
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And check out our info page on Bottom Paint 101 where we S P E L L it all out for you! You’re welcome!

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!

 

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