Hull Paint Conversion

Grant Funds for Boat Owners Within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin

San Diego Shelter Island boaters can save 60 percent or 75 percent on stripping and painting costs for boat hulls.

The Port received a $600,000 grant to help Shelter Island Yacht Basin boaters convert from copper hull paints to non-biocide hull paints.  Participating in this program can save boat owners thousands of dollars.  Funding is available NOW until May 2015, or until the funds run out. Funding is only available to boat owners within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

What will this replacement cost?

We provide an online tool that gives boaters an estimate of what it will cost to replace their copper hull paint with an eco-friendly option, including the grant program for Shelter Island boaters:

How Can This Program Help You?

Boat owners will receive a stipend to help offset costs associated with stripping the existing copper hull paint from your boat and/or applying non-biocide hull paint. There are two options available.

  • Option 1: Receive a cost offset for stripping the pre-existing copper hull paint and applying a non-biocide hull paint (limited to a rate of $6.30 per square foot for stripping and 75% of hull paint application costs*).
  • Option 2: Receive a cost offset for applying one of the non-biocide hull paints that use a specialized primer to seal the boat's hull (limited to 60% of paint application costs*). Use of these hull paints will eliminate the need to strip the old copper hull paint.

*Paint application costs include:

  • Non-biocide hull paint product and primer materials;
  • Masking or shrouding for spray application if required per paint manufacturer's specifications;
  • Labor costs for priming and non-biocide hull paint application, per paint manufacturer's specifications.

What Costs Will You be Responsible For?

  1. Any fees associated with the haul out.
  2. Any costs in excess of $6.30 per square foot for removing copper hull paint or in excess of the cost offset for hull paint application costs.
  3. Any other services provided by the boatyard, such as specialty repair of the boat or its hull.

Eligibility Requirements?

  • You need to have your boat in Shelter Island Yacht Basin – This will need to be verified by your marina/yacht club.
  • You must currently have copper hull paint on your boat.
  • You must select a non-biocide hull paint.
  • Your boat needs to remain in Shelter Island Yacht Basin for 3 years after the hull is painted. If you decide to leave the grant amount needs to be reimbursed back to the Port.

Are you interested in participating?

Complete the Boat Owner Interest Form using the following options:

  1. Submit the form online
  2. Download this form: icon Hull Paint Conversion Project Boat Owner Interest Form (127.46 kB)
    Complete it and return to:
    Port of San Diego
    Attn: Environmental and Land Use Management Department – 319h Grant Project
    P.O. Box 120488
    San Diego, CA 92112-0488
  3. Fax your form: 619-686-6467

Boatyards participating in this grant project

Frequently Asked Questions

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**Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319). The proceeds or cost offsets distributed directly to boaters through this program for hull paint application costs are taxable. Boaters are encouraged to consult with a tax or legal professional regarding the taxability of any cost offset received from the District as a result of the Grant Project.