Hull Paint Conversion

Grant Funds for Boat Owners Within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin

The Port received a $600,000 grant to help Shelter Island Yacht Basin boaters convert from copper hull paints to non-biocide hull paints. Funding was only available to boat owners within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin. The Hull Paint Conversion Project was completed on May 30, 2015 and the final report is now available.

What will this replacement cost?

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

What Did This Program Provide Boaters?

Boat owners received a stipend to help offset costs associated with stripping the existing copper hull paint from participating boats and/or applying non-biocide hull paint. There were 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 included:

  • 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 Were Boaters Responsible For In the Program?

  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?

  • Boats were required to be in Shelter Island Yacht Basin.
  • A non-biocide hull paint was required to be applied to participating boats.
  • Boats were required to remain in Shelter Island Yacht Basin for 3 years after the hull was painted. If the boat were to leave early, the grant amount was to be reimbursed back to the Port.

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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.

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