I have a question regarding boats and owergrown hulls.
I once had a brand new boat and had it in the water for one summer without any ground paint (the paint that avoids seaweed and shells to grow on the boat). When I took up the boat at the end of the summer the whole hull was covered in shells. It was not a pretty sight. After that I always put on at least one layer of paint every year, eventhough there already are remaining paint from the last summer on the boat.
Now, my uncle is going to buy a new boat and according to the salesman, he does not need to paint the (plastic)boat the first year. This is because some kind of coating that is on the plastic when the boat is new. I recommended him, though, to paint the boat based on my experiences with my own boat. But that was back in 1995. My question is now; does anyone know if the new coating on boats really is that good. Do you have to paint the boat or can you use it for one season without any paint?
The boat is going to be used in the archipelago of Stockholm where the water is around 18-22 degrees Celsius and contains very little salt.