VC-17 is great for fresh water but since Wild Horses will be spending her full-time future in salt water, she needs an antifouling paint that is less ablative than VC-17. We DO NOT want to be in the business of hauling the boat out of the water every 3 or 4 months to apply new antifouling.
Hence, “change antifouling pain to something saltwater friendly” got put on our projects list.
Note to anyone thinking that this is a fun weekend project. It is not. It is not quick, easy and is nowhere near fun. But getting some tips on what to do and what not to do, helps. Here is our experience.
The major steps, in a nutshell…
Crap, that sounds too easy. Let’s unpack it a little.
Removing the VC-17
Sandblaster or DIY? We went with DIY to keep the project within our budget and to control our schedule.
Applying epoxy and antifouling
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