March 18, 2016
The Valkyrie is a well-recognized Sport yacht in Southern California. Captain Tom and Anita Petersen are well known around the marine world in yacht sales, training, charters and just having fun on the water. Tom has been the Commodore of 2 Yacht Clubs and has planned and initiated hundreds of outings for boaters.
About 5 years ago there was a very real push to rid the use of copper based bottom paint in Channel Islands Harbor (as well as California). While the issue was being discussed, the Valkyrie (a 60ft Sport yacht) was coming up for needing bottom paint. Tom decided to consider a non-copper based paint, but also knew that without much data, this was a gamble. The concern was:
1) Would the paint do what it is supposed to do, and
2) Would it last? Valkyrie regularly travels at 30kts which could peel off cheap ablative paint quickly, especially since Valkyrie is run several times a week.
Doing some research, we found that EPaint had a non-copper paint that was used by coast guard fast boats. Ventura Harbor Boatyard arranged for Valkyrie to be painted with SN-1 HP. That process was late Summer of 2012. Bottom cleaning has been performed every 2 months which is less than recommended (ideally monthly in the Summer). Late Fall of 2015, the bottom cleaning service (Green Clean Dive Service in Channel Islands Harbor) announced that on a scale of 1-10, the bottom paint was still effective at around 6 and that sometime soon we should start planning to repaint. March 2016, now 3.5 years after first applying the Epaint, we are finally planning to haul Valkyrie out for a repaint.
Copper Paint is still allowed, but continues to be discussed in regards to banning its use.
3.5 years for ANY paint to be effective is fantastic! This is a testament to great quality paint and regardless if copper paint is still available, a non-copper paint alternative for roughly the same price, is a no-brainer!
Captain Tom Petersen
February 8, 2016
My aluminum 24ft Crew Boat is 5 years old and has started out its life here in British Columbia with Epaint on its first launch. I have had the boat manufacture apply a new application 2 years ago, and it still looks quite good without any barnacles etc. Your products are very new up here in BC, but we have had good success, 2 seasons between applications.
September 23, 2010
Good Morning Alex,
We have a 1979 Bruno Stillman that we use as our Race Committee Boat both in the inner harbor and within Nantucket Sound. This year we removed all of the old bottom paint, prepped, primed and applied your Epaint bottom paint and were amazed at the results! We picked up 2 knots of speed, bettered our fuel economy and just look at the attached pictures that show her pristine condition after removing her for the winter. Of course these positives came as a surprise to us knowing that the reason for switching to your bottom paint was purely to avoid how old bottom paint impacts our fragile environment.
Peter A. McEachern, General Manager
Nantucket Yacht Club
1 South Beach Street P.O. Box 667
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
September 9, 2010
I applied three coats of the ePaint ECOMINDER to Cygnus, my 26' Phil Rhodes designed O’Day Outlaw sloop in the spring of 2009, following the directions for application closely. I kept the boat in the water for two seasons. The paint worked great for the first season. Although the paint was not intended to last more than one season, I have had minimal fouling this second year as well.
With the ocean subjected to the threat of pollution from all angles, I appreciate that ePaint is making it possible for those of us who gain so much enjoyment from the water to take action so that we can improve the well-being of the sea for generations to come.
Gloucester, MA 01930
August 9th, 2010
Two things. First, Sailors for the Sea awarded us Gold for all of the One Design and Dry Sailed regattas this past Saturday. This was made possible by your generosity in providing paint to NCS [Nantucket Community Sailing] for all their support Boats and their J 105s etc, and by Nantucket Yacht Club's initiative to paint their large signal boat and various support boats with your products. Great news for NRW [Nantucket Race Week] and for EPaint.
Second, I've been painting bottoms of my boats since 1956 and have used all sorts of products from the old Woolsey hard racing finish of the '60s to the Pettit products of the last decade. I can tell you categorically that the ZO-HP grey I put on this June (three thin coats, rolled on) is by far the best I've ever used for hardness and antifouling effectiveness. In all prior years I would have, by this point in the season, hand cleaned the bottom at least twice and often three times for light slime build up, and some more significant fouling on the sunny side of the mooring. Have not touched it yet and see no evidence of any need to. BTW the light grey color is terrific in telling me how clean it is.
Racing record thus far is my best in years.
Thanks to you and your team for your support and your product.
Orr's Island, ME 04066
January 9th, 2010
International racing competitor, Capt. Tom Mullen, races all year round with E-Paint EP-2000 smoothing the way to the winner's circle. In 2009, competing in regattas around the Caribbean, Shamrock, a J/120, carried her crew and skipper to podium finishes in the BVI Spring Festival, the BVI Spring Regatta, Antigua Sailing Week and the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta where Shamrock slid around the course faster than any of her competitors to lock up a First In Class trophy.
Shamrock's owner, Tom Mullen, who continues his winning ways by using E-Paint EP-2000 on his J/80 during the summer months on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, had this to say about his experiences using E-Paint, "At every Caribbean regatta," says Mullen, "I see fellow competitors diving on their boats to clean algae and other types of salt water growth off the bottoms of their boats before racing. Nothing, absolutely nothing grows or adheres to Shamrock's bottom with E-Paint in place," continued Mullen, "It's an incredible surface and it's easy to apply. E-Paint is definitely a major contributor to Shamrock's incredibly successful 2009 Regatta Season." Mullen invites anyone who wants to hear more about his experiences with E-Paint to contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17th, 2009
Alex...I was the guy in Nashville, TN that had my aluminum sailboat painted with E-Paint ZO...
...we have a couple of very different boats. My wife’s boat is a little 31 foot trailerable catamaran-hulled houseboat that has fiberglass hulls. It was moored in the adjacent slip to “my” aluminum sailboat after both had just had recent bottom jobs...the sailboat with ZO and the houseboat with a well-known copper based ablative paint.
They were both launched after painting within a couple of days of each other, as we sometimes keep both in the same marina...we have 3 dogs that go with us, so the little houseboat is great for them while we day sail, or I take the sailboat out and she just “cools out” with the dogs. We do take both out, as the houseboat has an outboard, so it does not sit at the dock all the time.
We just hauled both for the season to winterize them. They had been in the water at Paris Landing Marina on Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River) for about 3 months and used quite a bit during that time. Upon hauling, I was really astonished by the difference in performance of the bottom paints. The ZO had remained virtually free of the slime and algae build-up that is common in this lake, while the copper-based ablative was definitely worse in the that regard. Even other dock residents kept commenting on how clean my sailboat’s bottom was staying!! When I got the sailboat home on her trailer, it only took a light brushing with some car-wash soap and a spritz with the hose to remove a light brown stain the ZO had picked up. Not so with the houseboat’s hulls, which required pressure washing to remove the algae and slime they were carrying.
Needless to say, the houseboat will also be getting ZO for the next bottom job!
Here’s a shot of the sailboat BEFORE we cleaned her up...you can see that the bottom is quite clean just as she came out of the water!
Thanks for your help and advice...and a truly fine product!
Rob and Gabi Hoffman
S/V “CanCan” and houseboat “Cloud Nine”
We tested ePaint ZO-HP in Sarasota Bay which has perpetual flow and the warm water is a feeding bed for all kinds of marine growth. We were pleasantly surprised to find that our catamaran didn't need cleaning for over three months. Most of the other vessels in our mooring field need a wipe down or scraping every 3 weeks in the summer. ePaint is great!
Founder of www.Sailmonster.com
May 8, 2009
Credit where credit is due…
Just in case you didn't notice in the last update's pics, I should tell you how white OceanPlanet's bottom is:
See the rainbow over the hills behind! This photo doesn't really do our E-Paint ZO-HP bottom justice...we are floating low, with a lot of seawater in the ballast tanks (for making fresh water with our Spectra Watermachine). After being in tough Caribbean conditions all winter with NO cleaning, Ocean Planet's bottom had almost nothing on it! When you don't want to spend endless hours doing things a second time, it's important to use the right stuff to start with. Big thanks to E-Paint!
Skipper, Ocean Planet II
MY E-PAINT STORY: I had heard about E-Paint for a number of years before ever using it. As a marine biologist and oceanographer with a strong background in chemistry, I have used some of the most toxic tributyltin fluoride in a chlorinated rubber base paint ever produced on my steel boats; and, I was sure no one had developed an equivalent substitute observed to chemically “burn” human flesh a bubbling purple-red. The copper thiocyanates are still electrochemically reactive if scratched through to the base metal. The only paint to still contain tributyltin fluoride is copper based, too, and uses so little TBT that is in completely ineffective in very high fouling areas.
I used the available TBT product. It failed miserably in less than 30 days. Fouling organisms not only grew, they embedded so firmly and deeply that they refused brushing. Scraping left basal plates or pulled the paint off down to the epoxy barrier coat. Neither is good. The company honored the guarantee and replaced the paint - time, labor and cost of the unexpected and unplanned hauling, pressure washing, blocking, sanding the bottom, repairing barrier coat damage and repainting the bottom (and loss of use) not included.
So, at the point of hauling the boat to put on a paint already demonstrated to fail, I decided to give E-Paint a chance. I seemed to remember that something like a “Practical Sailor” publication had given it a very favorable rating; but, it was tested in the high middle latitudes of a New England state, not the tropics, and not in an area the TBT manufacturers staff knew was “challenging” to antifouling paint.
This is my third haul-out on E-Paint ZO antifoulant paint. Because the paints effectiveness is in part based on being photo chemically reactive, white was recommended and used. The stuff works. It is not the impenetrable ‘force shield’ the old chlorinated rubber TBT could provide, but whatever attaches easily comes completely off with a simple brushing. When left for months near the end of over a year in the water, it took a stiff polycarbonate scraper, but it all comes off relatively easily. A light brushing or ‘dusting’ with a fine scotch-bright type pad cleans the surface to new.
If you keep your boat in a high fouling area, white is recommended and, I would politely suggest, use more coats than recommended at the water line if you might delay annual haul-out. Because e-paint is photo chemically reactive and the waterline is a very high fouling area with the most exposure to sunlight, the paint is sacrificed faster here than elsewhere.
E-Paint is now the only paint I use. It works. It works better than other purportedly high-test/high dollar antifouling paints I have used and the many observed during 53 years owning and operating boats personally and professionally. Because of known losses of all fisheries, reported widely by science and observed even more widely by all who fish or eat seafood, I can not understand why any individual owner, team, corporation or government is not using E-Paint. While the goal to manage marine fouling without contributing to environmental degradation would seem to be a contradiction, E-Paint has done it. Well done! What else could one ask for? I highly recommend it.
Nero Environmental Resource Organization
February 6, 2009
E-Paint ZO-HP racing paint performed exceedingly well. Stayed white all season and required no scrubbing/cleaning whatsoever. I am very pleased. Racing was good but we had a lot to learn with the new boat. I am now in the process of getting the boat ready for an extended Caribbean cruise leaving Charleston in mid-February. The paint I ordered is for touch up and to have some spare on the boat. Glad I stayed with E-Paint!! It is a beautiful white bottom.
Sapphire III, Great Lakes
In April of 1999 I contacted E Paint with a series of questions, which were answered promptly and to my satisfaction. This was at a time when tin based bottom paints that were inert to both steel and aluminum were being phased out and banned in many countries. E Paint also being inert to both metals seemed to be a logical choice as a replacement provided it offered similar efficient antifouling properties and longevity. My first task was to make an independent test while I had a vessel under construction thus retaining an opportunity to change systems in the event of poor results. After 12 months of immersion it was equal to and in many cases better than the simultaneous test on other anti-fouling paints. It was then that I started to use and recommend your paint for all of my metal hulls then under construction. I also recommended that all of the existing hulls on their next hauling to switch to E-Paint ZO. The latter may sound like an easy task but often it is almost a battle. Some owners are reluctant to prep the hull properly having in the past been just content with a pressure wash prior to painting slap on a thin coat of paint, maybe two coats, and dump her back in the water as quickly as possible after all lay days cost money. This is spending with a shovel and saving with a spoon. Their usual complaint being that the paint is of poor quality. Adhering to my procedures I have had no paint failures, blistering, or major fouling on vessels that are hauled on either an 18 month or 24 month basis depending on their time underway and waters sailed.
On existing hulls changing over which have compatible bottom paint. After a complete scrub down to remove any oil, lose paint, and other contaminates three coats of E Paint are applied plus a fourth coat in the upper 18" to 24".
On new construction four coats plus a fifth in an 18" to 24" band at the top.
All hulls when hauled there after two full coats plus a third on the upper 18"to 24".In all cases I have found that the best results are achieved when brush applied. The time between coats is a minimum of 24 hours and also 24 hours prior to launching.
No anti-fouling material can be expected to function if it becomes covered with slime, oil, mud, clay, other flotsam, etc. In most instances this occurs in the upper 18" to 24" of the bottom and can easily be removed with a light scrubbing. Out of sight is often out of mind thus the bottom is neglected and this will result in shorter intervals between haul outs. My use of E paint spans almost 8 years and I have encountered no problems and always get a live knowledgeable person when I call regarding their product.
Thomas E. Colvin
I found myself searching for good, hard bottom paint for my Open 50 offshore racing sailboat. I wasn't seeing much that offered a hard paint with antifouling properties and choices in colors. I prefer a light-colored bottom so as to see any items that might get caught on the keel or rudder when racing. E-Paint fit the bill. Colors, including hi brights for signal areas, easy application, hard finish...easily burnished; one of its best attributes: easy on the environment. Nice job guys!
"E-Paint ZO in white is the best antifouling paint that I've ever used.!"
Cotuit Sea Farm, Cotuit, MA
BF is in Maine. Your E-Paint ZO-HP is performing beyond our wildest dreams! I don't know what to say except that the bottom looks like the day the boat was launched! The paint shows no wear and no growth along the waterline. Adhesion is great. How much better can it get?
Hoping all is well....talk with you soon. If you are up here please come look and go for a sail. It is hard to not smile as you look at the bottom.
Capt. Bill Hallstein