by Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor
Our semi-annual inspection of bottom paint panels always yields a few surprises, but during the nearly ten years I’ve been barnacle-counter-in-chief, I haven’t been more surprised than I was last month.
The panels we inspected last month were painted and immersed in the summer of 2013. My inspection in January marked the eighteenth months of continuous immersion for approximately 60 paints that were undergoing testing. During a normal year, I would expect roughly 12-15 of those panels to still be fighting barnacles, but that’s not what I found.
Every single panel was toast. The worst panels were unrecognizable, wit…
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