New York Sea Grant's
Marina Pollution Prevention Web Site
Section 2: Painting
& Fiberglass Repair
Painting and repairing hulls on recreational boats often involves
the use of a number of potentially harmful or hazardous products
that that can cause problems if they are not handled and managed
properly. Prepping a hull for painting
generates waste products like paint chips and dust that can be
extremely harmful marine life if they get into the environment.
The copper and other compounds found boat bottom paints can also
contaminate sediments if they are allowed to enter the marina
basin. This can make dredging and disposing of the dredged material
more difficult and costly. To learn more on how you can minimize
the potential impacts associated with painting and repairing hulls,
click on the specific topics listed on the left.