- Category: News & Views
- Created: Monday, 09 May 2011 21:09
- Written by Charles Doane
I hate to say I told you so… but I did. In the next few years many people with boats in the state of Washington are going to have to get as interested in copper-free bottom paint as I am. I've been trying out copper-free paint on my boat Lunacy because she has an aluminum hull, and when I blogged about it I predicted copper paint would be regulated in the future.
Well, the future is now. Last week Washington's Gov. Chris Gregoire put her Hancock on legislation prohibiting the sale of new boats treated with copper-based bottom paint as of January 2018. No paints containing more than 0.5 percent copper can be used on old or new boats starting in 2020. The law, which imposes fines of up to $10,000 for violations, applies only to recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length.Write comment (1 Comment)