Get New Boat Bottom Protection


New boats come with all kinds of shiny bells and whistles, but they’re still lacking one important thing:  protective bottom paint.

Bring your new boat to Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard and we’ll help you protect your investment with barrier coat bottom paint. That’s what a customer did recently with his brand new 26-foot River Hawk fishing boat.

“This system…provides the very best protection” – Mark Lindeman, boatyard manager

“This was a new boat for a new customer of ours,” said Mark Lindeman, boatyard manager at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. “It had never been painted — it just had factory paint — and you have to put on barrier coat.”

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This new Seahawk Series fishing boat by RH Aluminum Boats got two coats of corrosive-resistant primer and two applications of barrier coat epoxy. Then the boatyard crew applied two coats of protective Pettit Vivid bottom paint.

So Doug Terrian, paint supervisor at the boatyard, and his crew went to work getting the sporty red RH Seahawk Series aluminum boat ready for its life on salt water.

First, they sanded off the factory finish — which is similar to auto paint, Lindeman said — and then they applied two coats of chartreuse strontium chromate corrosive-resistant primer. Strontium chromate primer keeps exposed aluminum from corroding when it gets scratched, Lindeman explained. The protective primer was followed by two coats of barrier coat epoxy, followed by two coats of Pettit Vivid bottom paint.

Protect Your Investment at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

“This system of coatings provides the very best protection against marine growth,” said Lindeman, who formerly worked at Pettit Marine Paint. “But it also protects the hull against corrosion. This process provides long-term corrosion protection which is essential for aluminum boats stored in salt water.”

The paint experts at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard recommend this process for all aluminum boats, Lindeman added.

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John Iverson, boat wright at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, checks out the River Hawk 26 before it left the boatyard last week.

“Protect your investment at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard,” said the boatyard manager.

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