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Upepo
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We have a West Wight Potter 19 No 1544 built around 2004
Because we have realized how much fun it is to just go sailing, we are leaving the boat on a slip more and more of the time. About a month at Lake Havasu, a month in San Diego, and now 4 months in Puget Sound.
 So, we are going to put bottom paint on the boat, but want to ask this group for "crowdsourced" information:
 Question #1: Is it necessary to apply an epoxy barrier coat before the applying the anti-fouling paint?
Question #2: Is there any history of gel coat blistering below the water line on WW Potters?
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When we kept a Potter 19 in a slip in Puget Sound, we used bottom paint. When it came time to refresh the paint I sanded it and added epoxy as an extra precaution, but it probably was not necessary.  Modern gelcoat and fiberglass generally don’t have problems with blistering like you see with older boats.  And if you only have the boat in the water for 4 or 5 months, that’s not much time for blisters to form.

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Blistering

thank you for your experience. We have beefing pulling the boat about once a month and scraping off the bottom with plastic Sheetrock “knives” and nylon scrubbing pads

Late September we will pull it out for the season, do maintenance and cleaning in preparation to go south to Lake Havasu and San Diego