Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Port of San Diego Hosting Hull Paint Expo

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of San Diego is inviting the San Diego Bay boating community to the port’s fourth Eco-Friendly Hull Paint Expo, a free event featuring the latest hull paint products, along with information on proper hull cleaning and boat maintenance.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., Oct. 18, at Nielsen Beaumont Marine, 2420 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego 92106.

Paint manufacturers, representatives of San Diego Bay boatyards, hull cleaners and Port of San Diego staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Two boats that have been operating with eco-friendly hull paint will be out of the water and on display. There also will be a hull cleaning seminar where boat owners and hull cleaners can share tips and best practices on the use, cleaning, and maintenance of eco-friendly hull paints.

Port representatives will be on site demonstrating how to use an easy online calculator to help estimate costs to convert boats to eco-friendly hull paints. There will also be information on special limited-time grant funds available to Shelter Island boaters for repainting their vessels.

Boat owners within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin have a limited amount of time to apply for grant funds to convert to eco-friendly hull paint options. The program, which began in 2011, expires in May 2015.

Information on applying for the grant program is available on the port’s website at http://www.portofsandiego.org/environment/copper-reduction-program/hull-paint-transition.html