|Brett and Bella Vita back in 2012 prior to our departure.|
|Bella Vita coming out of the water in New Zealand.|
|Note the mud and growth along the|
hull - not there 3 months prior...
After 10,000 miles I'm happy to say that Tony was right! When you are traveling as many miles as we did this last season, it's very important that the boat stays protected. Over time the bottom would develop a thin layer of slime (completely normal with all bottom paints), but it would remove easily by simply wiping it with a cloth - considered normal maintenance for cruisers. When we were getting ready to leave for New Zealand we did this process one last time (as NZ is pretty picky about how clean your bottom is when you arrive) and took a close look at how the paint was aging.....and it looked GREAT! We still had plenty of coverage and almost zero growth - very pleasing results after thousands of miles!
|Bella Vita post-power wash - MUCH better!!!|
|Even after sanding to prep for new paint, note the|
amazing amount of coverage still on the hull, which means
very little paint sloughed off over 18 months on the go.
Bottom line? We are now firm believers in Seahawk paint and feel it's every bit as good as what is being offered by Pettit and International (Interlux). We strongly encourage any sailors to give it a try as the price is usually competitive and even in a variety of different waters - ranging from cold (Northwest) to warm (Tonga), the paint performed equally well. If you give it a try we think you'll be happy with the results.
|Bella Vita with her new paint - Seahawk Biocop.|
We'd like to thank Seahawk Paint, and specifically Tony Bulpin and Nigel Hood (the New Zealand Seahawk representative) for educating us about Seahawk products and for letting us test your paint. If our readers have any questions about our experience with Seahawk paints, please don't hesitate to ask in the comment section below.
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|Bella Vita ready to face the ocean again.|