The very best in high performance boat bottom coatings.

Optimize Speed!  Use Less Fuel!

Resist pond scum and fouling!

And Super Easy to Clean!

Specifically, what is Speedcoat-49? It is a permanent, non-ablative, hard boat bottom coating that utilizes unique Wearlon chemistry to achieve hydrophobicity, non-stick and anti-friction properties.

Speedcoat-49 began as a water-drag-reducing hull coating for power boat racers, but now it is highly coveted by all sorts of boaters that not only want to go faster, but also use less fuel, and provide an easy to clean, non-stick surface against pond slime, algae, and fouling. But perhaps most crucial of all, it is a non-ablative bottom coating!

This high performance hull coating will help every kind of boat perform better, and in many different ways. Boats such as pontoon boats, speed boats, and all sporting and leisure boats, will see benefit in these six significant ways.

Six Huge Reasons why Speedcoat-49 is the best bottom coating for your boat:

1.) Lowers water drag , which means increased speeds and fuel savings:

Speedcoat-49 is used by powerboat racing teams to achieve optimal speeds, win races, and acquire championships. As with many high quality speed coatings, SC-49 is hydrophobic.

However there are many misconceptions about hydrophobicity. Many think that with improved hydrophobicity comes improved water drag, and faster speeds. NOT TRUE. Hydrophobicity helps because the surface tension causes water to bead up. But what really matters is how fast those water beads want to travel all along the surface as it is shedding off. Often times, beads of water will actually want to cling. The U.S. Navy tested numerous hydrophobic and water drag resistant coatings for various marine applications. Not only have they chosen SC-49 for many of their naval vessels, they also coat their battleship radomes because SC-49 has excellent water shedding properties, and that is crucial with this type of equipment.

Movement of water along the surface and water drag resistance is the key to speed. Speedcoat-49 is a unique coating with unique chemistry. Boat racers understand this. That’s why Wearlon SC-49 is being used by boat racers at the highest levels.  Some of these racers, like these Unlimited Hydroplaners, can reach speeds of over 200 MPH.

But obviously, most boaters are not racers. Sporting and leisure boaters can also benefit from increased performance. Even smaller (engined) leisure boaters are recording higher speeds, and decreased fuel consumption.

-(see the “Speed Data” tab on the menu bar for more technical info on speed and drag reduction).

“The acceleration is incredible – you gotta hang on. I can beat anybody on our lake. Went from 77/78 MPH to 81 MPH” – Al Craig, 300 HP Sea Doo

2.) Foul & Slime Resistant and Easy to Clean:

When it comes to the need for foul resistance, ablative paints are the go-to. And yes, most ablative paints get the job done in terms of anti-fouling. But, in doing so it leaches toxic metals into our waters. This unfortunate reality has become a necessary evil in dealing with the extreme fouling problems salt water has to offer. But, SC-49 has proven itself as an excellent foul-resistant coating in fresh water. Zebra mussels, algae, and all the types of fouling encountered in fresh water are no match for SC-49. So why use ablative in fresh water? Why poison our freshwater with this stuff when you don’t have to? Not to mention, ablatives still stain, dull out, deteriorate, and hardly last a season. Speedcoat-49 is so slick and non-stick, fouling organisms have a difficult time sticking to it. In most cases, your hull will become easy to clean with a hose and a soft nylon brush and maintain a vibrant appearance and functionality.

From David Morrill in NH, here is a typical example of a Speedcoat-49 experience:

And here is Speedcoat-49 under a worse-case-scenario:

Lake Hopping” has become more difficult due to ever increasing regulations forcing boaters to clean their hulls before and after every launch. SC-49 makes this much easier. Easy clean, means saving time and money. It also means deterring those horrible-looking scum lines.

image showing a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers sign at a boat cleaning station

-(See the “Anti-Fouling Data” tab on the menu bar for more technical info).

 ” I was experiencing significant hull cleaning problems from leaving the boat in the water for the summer at Lake Erie. I found the product did a excellent job resisting the growth of algae/crud from the lake. Most of the growth came off while the boat was running (probably due to the slickness of the coating).” – Ken Huckaby, 20′ Crestliner

3.) Speedcoat-49 is a permanent, hard, non-ablative coating:

Today’s boaters largely go with one of four options for bottom coatings. They are: seasonal ablatives, solvent-based permanent, waterbased permanent, and gel coat.

Solvent and water-based permanent paints are primarily meant to be protective and durable, but don’t offer much in terms of foul resistance, cleanability, or anything else.

Gel coats are the shiny fiber enriched epoxy/polyester finish that looks sharp and glossy. For that reason, many do not want to put a coating over this. But after a short period of time in water, gel coats and protective coatings alike, pick up discoloration, algae, fouling, and waterline stains, all of which are very difficult to clean, and slow down the boat. Extensive and expensive acid-etch cleaning usually becomes necessary at this point.

And then there are ablatives. If you are using an ablative anti-fouling bottom paint on your freshwater boat, you are releasing poison into our waterways, and into the fish you are trying to catch and eat. Speedcoat-49 is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe for our water systems and aquatic life.

Today, most of all anti-fouling bottom paints are ablative. Ablatives are self-sacrificial. These paints are actually designed to deteriorate, to be self-sacrificial, constantly leaching toxic biocides and heavy metals out until the paint fully deteriorates.

These toxic leaching bottom paints are a tremendous scourge on aquatic life. It is already an unfortunate necessity that such coatings are being used in our oceans. They are a necessary evil in salt water in combating barnacles and such, but to use such toxic coatings in our freshwater rivers and lakes,… it really is unconscionable and unnecessary! But that is happening. Also, using ablatives means constant re-application which makes it a cash cow for paint manufacturers, retail boat stores, and marinas. It has become real “racket”.

Speedcoat-49 does not leach harmful toxins into the water as it’s method of action to combat fouling. Instead, Speedcoat-49 works on the principle that a super slick and non-stick surface is very difficult for algae, pond scum, zebra and quagga mussels to get adhesion to.

And unlike ablatives, Speedcoat-49 lasts for many seasons without any need for recoat. This means big savings on those high costs marinas charge for seasonal cleaning and re-application.

Speedcoat-49 offers the performance of top-notch speedcoats, the durability of permanent protective coatings, the fresh water foul-resistance of ablatives, and it’s easy cleanability is unsurpassed.

It definitely helps” “on there for 3 seasons with no issues” “definitely smoother and slicker” “durable” – John Culver, 1L Mod Hydro

4.) Speedcoat-49 is safe and easy to apply and touch up, (And no primer coat needed):

Many boat bottom paints require primer coats because the top coat has weak adhesion to aluminum and other surfaces. SC-49 adheres great to just about any surface type. And it is durable and long-lasting, so an extra primer coat is not needed.

Speedcoat-49 is also non hazardous and water based. It is safe and easy to apply. It can be applied yourself with a standard paint roller or by spray.

Typical gear for applying Speedcoat-49

With toxic ablative coatings, and solvent based high VOC permanent coatings, you either have to spend big $ on pro marina applicators, or try doing it yourself. But read what a Senior Admiral Club member on the popular “The Hull Truth” website, warns about trying to apply a standard ablative and solvent based paint yourself. Here are a few excerpts from his post:

“A bottom job ain’t what it used to be. I used to do it myself, but no longer will even consider it. Ablative Bottom paints are hazardous materials and constitute hazardous waste. Fumes from bottom paints are poisonous.”

So here goes: You will need to get into a proper full paint suit and wear a ventilator. Nothing on you should be exposed. Scrape away until the all loose paint is removed, scuffed, or ready to be painted over. Clean up debris. Remove all old zincs.

Paint on first coat in a color DIFFERENT from desired color. After first coat dries, paint with desired color. This way, when you see the not desired color, you know that you need another bottom job. You may want to have air pumped into a face shield as bottom paint fumes are very toxic.”

There is whole lot more to do here. it took me 4 weekends. Presently, the going rate is $26 per foot plus materials. To me, that’s a deal.” -posted by ‘High Interest’ (Senior Admiral Club member on  The Hull Truth Forum)

SC-49 is a waterbased and relatively low VOC coating. And from a hazard standpoint, it is much like a typical latex house paint used in a home.

With Speedcoat-49, there is no more constant reapplications. And compared to the nightmare of trying to coat your boat yourself with ablatives, and other solvent-based permanent coats, SC-49 is safe, easy and the job is done in hours, not weeks.

Lastly, SC-49 is permanent and durable. But if somehow there is damage, touching up is a cinch. It has great adhesion to aluminum, fiberglass, gel coat, and to itself, and will last for many seasons.

5.) Specifically engineered by Plastic Maritime Corp, a long-standing and distinguished company.

For over three decades PMC, makers of Wearlon Industrial Coatings, has been on the technological forefront within the waterbased industrial coatings class for achieving optimal results in areas of nonstick, anti-friction, hydrophobics, and water drag resistance. Wearlon chemistry is unique. There is no other coating like it; it is a patented technology.

PMC has also introduced its shallow-water boat bottom coating line (for sportsmen) called Wetlander. This extra tough and super slick bottom coating has quickly become a top seller for jon boaters, drift boaters, mud boaters, jet boaters, and airboaters.

6.) Speedcoat-49 outperforms the competition:

High performance racers, the US Navy and all those that put performance first, choose SC-49. Just read what our customers have to say on our Testimonials page.

The benefits of SPEEDCOAT-49 are now being realized on every variety of boats,… lake cruisers, pontoons, catamarans, jet boats, bass boats, trolling rigs, sailboats, race boats, jet skis, hydroplanes, sprint boats, ski boats, drag boats and even kayaks. Speedcoat-49 will get you moving faster through the water, decrease your fuel consumption, and keep your hull clean, and keep our lakes, rivers and oceans clean.

“It’s the best thing I ever did for my boat” “after 450 hours of boating and trailering it still looks brand new.  It’s the best coating in the world” -Dave Jensen,  Tritoon with 250 HP

Sponsored boat racers, university researchers, and the United States Navy, have all done extensive testing with Speedcoat-49.

Just read what all of our customers have to say about SC-49 performance.

The Racers: The smaller, stock runabout racers say they get 1/2 to 1.0 “extra” MPH while using Speedcoat-49, compared to other bottom coatings they have tried.  The guys we get the most data from race in stock classes that can reach speeds anywhere from 80 to 200 MPH, so a little extra means a lot.

Photo By Teri Johnson courtesy of John Peeters Racing
This boat won 6 National championships with 6 records. John Peeters Racing Photo By Teri Johnson courtesy of John Peeters

The Universities: SPEEDCOAT-49 has been independently tested by universities and research labs all over the world. The University of Buffalo offered volumes of data showing the decreases in water-drag

The US Navy: The US Navy, through it’s various subcontractors, have been applying our Speedcoat-49 coating to key areas of nuclear submarines and battleships for over a decade. But, they don’t share data.

120111-N-FG395-046 KINGS BAY, Ga. (Jan. 11, 2011) The Ohio-class ballistic missile subarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., after successfully completing sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

Application Product Data: SPEEDCOAT-49 can be applied by anyone.  You do not need a professional applicator, special materials, licenses, or a Haz Mat suit to apply it.

  • SPEEDCOAT-49 is non-ablative and remains effective for years.
  • Contains no heavy metals or biocides.
  • Suitable for both fresh and saltwater; however, this is NOT a barnacle-proof coating in saltwater.
  • Water-based formula is stable, easy to apply, and will not harm the environment.
  • SPEEDCOAT-49 is applied directly to aluminum with no primer; two complete coats is sufficient.
  • SPEEDCOAT-49 is applied directly to fiberglass and gelcoat with no primer; two complete coats is sufficient.
Hydroplane racers use Speedcoat-49 to get up and “out of the hole” faster and increase overall top speed.

Free samples are available!

Just email your address to scott.hogan@wearloncorp.com, with the subject line “Speedcoat-49 test panel”, and we will send you a pre-coated panel to test.

21 Comments on “SPEEDCOAT-49

  1. I have a 14’ aluminum boat that is oxidized and showing holes now. I am concerned about wire brushing since I feel lots more holes will show up.
    Will your coatings take care of this issue ?

    • Hi William,

      If your aluminum is that thin, and that “holey”, and that oxidized…. well, you know it might be too late for the ol’ girl. I haven’t seen your boat, so I cannot comment directly, but -49 is a two-part epoxy, so it can help seal up some minor pinholes holes and prevent further oxidation damage. However, I would not expect it to fill in and/or cover large holes. There should not be a need to for an aggressive wire brush; we can get good adhesion results with just 100-150 grit sandpaper and an acetone wipe. Please feel free to call me directly at 518-469-3612 so we can go over your specific situation in more detail.

      -Scott H.

  2. Can your product be applied over existing paint or does the bottom need to be sandblasted to gelcoat before applying your product please let me know thank you

    • Hi Jim,

      Yes, Speedcoat-49 can be applied over an existing paint, as long as that existing paint is in very good shape, and is not an ablative, or sacrificial “bottom paint”. Your best bet would be to give me a call at (518) 469-3612, and I will ask you a series of questions. From there, we can both decide what your best move is.


  3. I have a 26’ Triton bay boat. Is there anyone you would recommend for the application of speed coat 49?

    • Hi Dan,

      Any local marina, boat yard, or boat repair shop will have no problem applying Speedcoat-49. It is safer and easier to apply than most of the other coatings they are used to applying.


  4. i have a aluminum boat that i race in a tiller handle class will this product help me on the days when the water is slick slowing me down

    • Kelsey,

      Stock racers are the ones who like Speedcoat-49 the best, as it gives them a bit of an edge. If you are currently racing with a bare aluminum hull, I think you will feel a huge difference…


    • Hi Salvatore,

      You order it from us, the manufacturer, and we ship it directly to your door. You can order from Speedcoat49.com, or you can call me at 518-469-3612.


  5. Wanting something for my 1987 fiberglass bass boat that I have in a freshwater river. Always seems to have some kind of scum line from all the vegetation that happens to be in the water.
    Was wondering a couple of things. Does this change how the handling of the boat by being so slick surface. And does this come in just colors or is there a clear for the custom striping of metallic red that I have on the side of my boat.

    • Hi Orvin,

      Speedcoat-49 is perfect for reducing that scum line and making it much easier to wipe away. The handling will not be effected too much if you have any kind of lower unit in the water, longitudinal ribs in the water, or even a keel. Some jet boats with super round bellies (and airboats) will swing wide in a turn, but those guys are used to it, and like it!
      Only colors; no clear coat version.


  6. I have an aluminum boat that I use in the salt water. When not in use it is in dry storage.
    Once I have been using the boat after about 3 weeks a moss/algae growth starts appearing on the sides below the water line. After about 5 weeks in the water small barnacles start showing up on the bottom. I usually don’t keep the boat in the water for over six weeks before I have in out and back on dry dock. I have to clean the and sides that were below the waterline. If I take it out of the salt water after just 3 weeks I usually don’t have to clean it at all. I am wondering if the Speedcoat-49 coating would extend the time before I start to get the build up of moss/algae and barnacles.

    • Hi Dale,

      In salt water specifically, I don’t think the Speedcoat-49 would extend the amount of time before the fouling begins to build up, but it would make cleaning it up much easier. However, I do not like Speedcoat-49 in barnacle infested water. It is not better than a standard anti-fouling, and I do not want disappointed customers.


    • Hi Don,

      You order it from us, the manufacturer, and we ship it directly to your door. You can order from Speedcoat49.com, or you can call me at 518-469-3612.


  7. Scott, I purchased Speedcoat-49 for a racing sailboat. Unlike a motorboat that benefits from dimples, racing sailboats benefit from a fair, smooth, burnished finish. I read your application notes, and it states to avoid sanding. Why? Because, I plan on burnishing the finish to 1500 grit.

    • Hi Chris,

      Because the Speedcoat-49 gets it’s beneficial attributes from the chemistry and the non-stick nature of the coating… by smooth sanding or burnishing, you are simply removing an amount of the coating. Sand if you must, but I’d rather see you leave the surface as it is. If you want the smoothest surface possible, spray it on an there will be no need to remove any dimples.


      • Good news for Wetlander, I will be buying more gallon kits. I will be burnishing to 1500 grit. Sailboats need at least a bottom wetsanded to 400 grit at a minimum for speed regardless of coating type. I will need to compensate for at least two coats loss for leveling and burnishing. So, probably 5 coats will be applied by flock foam roller. The boat is on Lake Ontario in NY, so we will see how well it works next season in Sodus. Thanks!

  8. Hi Scott, I have a 2013 62 Princess and the bottom of the boat is being sand blasted completely. I am applying propspeed on all metals and was looking for something to cover the rest of the hull that would protect and improve overall performance. Will your product accomplish this?



    • Hi Luis,

      Are you in salt water, or fresh? What do you use the boat for? What is/was on the bottom that you are now sandblasting off? What do you mean by overall performance? Feel free to call me at 518-469-3612 or email me at scott.hogan@wearloncorp.com if that is easier for you.


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