P - 6 ANTI-FOULING PAINT
P - 7 HULL SUPPORT
Four Winns recommends anti-fouling or bottom paint
for boats which will be kept in the water for extended
periods of time. Anti-fouling paint reacts with water to
retard the growth of algae, barnacles and other ma-
rine growth on the hull. In addition to marine growth,
it offers protection against excessive water pollution.
Proper support of the hull while it is out of the
water is imperative. Due to the design complexities,
Four Winns does not recommend trailers or storage
cradles be homemade. The boat is a valuable piece
of equipment. DO NOT risk permanent damage to
the hull structure in an attempt to save the cost of
an adequate support. Improper support can lead to
serious and permanent hull deformation.
Anti-fouling paint begins reaction upon contact with
water. After a season’s use or sooner under certain
conditions, the anti-fouling paint may appear to be
dissolving. This is due to the paint’s chemical emis-
sion that in turn retards marine growth. When this
occurs, reﬁnishing is in order.
Failure to adequately support the hull may
result in permanent hull structure damage and
will invalidate the hull structure warranty.
Four Winns recommends reapplication of the anti-
fouling paint seasonally. The effectiveness of the
paint will be drastically reduced if used longer.
Though Four Winns has found the anti-fouling paints
used to provide good marine growth protection in
most water, other paints may be more effective in
certain water conditions. See a Four Winns dealer for
recommendations on anti-fouling paint use in your
When attempting to raise the hull, never allow
one end of the boat to rise ﬁrst, while letting
the opposite rest momentarily on the outdrives
or underwater gear. Serious damage to these
components could result. DO NOT place lifting
straps on underwater gear. Be sure the strap
is against the hull surface only.
A trailer, or storage cradle designed for a larger or
smaller boat will not provide proper support for the
hull. This could lead to hull deformation and thus
serious performance deﬁcien cies.
During surface preparation, the hull should be
sanded only enough to remove any foreign
matter, and loose paint. DO NOT sand deeply
into the gel coat, ﬁberglass cosmetic problems
could later result. After sanding, the surface
should be wiped with a rag treated with a
cleaner recommended by the anti-fouling paint
manufacturer. The surface must be clean and
slightly rough to ensure paint adhesion.
Four Winns trailers are available for most models.
Refer to Section S - Trailers for additional information.
Prior to application of the anti-fouling paint, the boat
owner may consider coating the hull bottom with
an epoxy coating. Four Winns recommends this
procedure as a preventive and effective means of
controlling osmotic blistering. Most major anti-fouling
paint manufacturers also supply a line of epoxy un-
dercoatings. Consult your Four Winns dealer
for recommendations on epoxy undercoatings.
Fiberglass and Hull - Section P
Owner’s Manual Page 109
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