This quote from the Bahamian Vet who passed on this info.:
This change in rules has come about as a direct result of the distemper outbreak and some other factors. The feeling is that there will always be a level of infection in Nassau as the epidemic is still ongoing at that location. What is interesting is the fact that neither Abaco nor Grand Bahama had distemper outbreaks. The focus of infection seems to be localized to New Providence. The chances of your animals contracting the virus are small. Keep their vaccinations current.
How do you apply one?
• Thoroughly prep the hull as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t mix more material than can be used within the specified pot life shown on the label.
• Apply the recommended number of coats of the epoxy barrier-coat system. A wet film thickness of our Pettit-Protect should be 7 mils per coat, which yields a 4-mils dry-film thickness. A wet-film thickness gauge should be used to monitor paint application. Total dry-film thickness for a three-coat application should be 12 mils minimum for maximum coating performance.
• Always follow recoating windows set out by the manufacturer. These windows will be relative to the temperature of the hull and its surroundings. Typical windows between coats will be from two to six hours on the short side to 14 days on the long side. Missing these windows requires sanding between coats.
• Apply the first coat of antifouling paint over the last coat of epoxy within the specified over-coating schedule set by the manufacturer. These times are also temperature related. This is known as “hot coating” because the paint is applied and a bond formed before the epoxy is fully cured.