Wetlander slick coating on a aluminum drift boat

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Wetlander is a very slick and durable boat bottom coating for shallow water boats, skiffs, and all flat bottom jon boats.  And, it has great adhesion to both aluminum and fiberglass.

Wetlander is for serious outdoor sportsmen. Whether you’re hunting ducks out of a jon boat, pulling steelhead from a drift boat, tearing through backwaters in a mudboat, or slipping through hidden glades on an airboat, Wetlander can get you there better and faster.  From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida panhandle, boaters need an easy to apply, hard and slippery bottom paint that allows their boats to get past any obstacle without fear of getting slowed down or stuck.  With Wearlon Wetlander technology, you can make your boat better than it was before…  

Better. Stronger. Faster.

Wetlander is being used by thousands of boaters and boat builders for 6 reasons:

1.)  Super Slick: A picture is worth a thousand words:

2.)  Durable: The Wetlander chemistry uses a special Wearlon® epoxy backbone for durability in extreme environments.  Wetlander will not chip, crack or flake away like some other bottom coatings. The only way to get Wetlander off your hull is to wear it away with constant abrasion.

3.)  Flexible:  All boats flex.  Fiberglass boats flex.  Aluminum boats flex a lot. Your bottom coating needs to be able to flex with it. If a bottom coating is not flexible, it will crack and fall off in chunks.  Wetlander is very flexible.

4.)  Easy to apply:  Although Wetlander is an advanced industrial coating, it goes on just like a paint – just roll or spray it on.  Quick and easy to apply with basic minimal prep, Wetlander goes on smooth without drips and sags.  Wetlander adheres tenaciously to aluminum, fiberglass, gel coats and most pre-existing hull coatings.    Easy to touch up and no Hazardous Material charges or concerns.

5.)  Easy to touch up: If you ever need to touch up some spots on your hull, it’s easy with Wetlander. Just roughen up the area with some sandpaper, wipe with acetone and then apply more Wetlander. No need to pull your motor, rigging and hardware off. Just tip the boat up (or leave it on the trailer) and roll on more Wetlander. You can easily roll it on upside down.

6.)  Specially engineered by Plastic Maritime Corp, a longstanding and distinguished company:  For over three decades PMC 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.  This unique coating is better known as Wearlon®.  Our Wearlon Speedcoat-49 and Super-F marine series is being used by champion boat racing teams to win races and set world records.  And leisure boaters value both the fuel consumption savings and the foul-release properties Wearlon marine coatings offer. Since PMC introduced “Wetlander”, our shallow water boat coating line, it has become a best selling national brand for this market.  Wetlander was specifically engineered by our R &D team to create a perfect fit for extreme shallow water boaters; a coating that is slick, durable and reduces friction.   

 

Wetlander for a slick drift boat hull:

A bare aluminum or fiberglass drift boat can “stick” to Koffler boat in whitewatershallow river rocks due to friction.  At the very least, this friction grab will make floating down the river more difficult, dangerous, and abusive to your hull.  By applying Wetlander to the hull, the coefficient of friction is dramatically reduced, which allows the hull of the boat to slip and slide over obstructions, rather than getting hung up. With Wetlander, pro guides and weekend warriors alike can get through the skinniest of water, with little to no danger of spinning or getting hung up.  And those “unimproved launches“?!  Those are luge runs now; so hold on tight.

Previously, there were two brands of bottom coatings for driftboaters.  Wetlander is currently revolutionizing this market by giving floaters what they want; a super slick, flexible coating that will stay on their hull without chipping, flaking or cracking. Easy to apply and touch up, and can even be applied without flipping the boat over.

Make your jonboat, duck boat or mudboat super slick with Wetlander:

Waterfowl hunt with Widowmaker boatsA surface drive motor on an aluminum jon boat will get you to a lot of places that other boats just can’t get to.  In lakes all over North America, duck hunters who hunt out of layouts or aluminum jon boats are finding Wetlander will get them through just about any situation imaginable.

Anyone who has been on a jon boat in the pudding or in a stretch of floating lily pads knows: Once you stop, getting up and out can be really, really hard. The key is to not lose momentum!  Adding super slick Wetlander to your hull and you can get through floating vegetation, skinny water and muddy pudding without losing precious momentum and speed.  Tear through that stuff and get there.  At Wetlander, we believe you should spend your time hunting and fishing, getting your limit, not spending your time poling or winching your way through thick veg and mud.

Watch Cactus Matt of Florida zip through the floating vegetation in his mud boat.  Matt has a Wetlander 3 Layer kit on his custom boat.

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Wetlander slick bottom for airboats:

Naturally, having the least amount of friction on an airboat hull will get you farther, faster and deeper into previously unexplored areas. A Wetlander-coated airboat hull is  easier to launch and load on the trailer, gets over dry land easily, and gets more thrust for your boat, without having to add horsepower.

In the southern US, bayous, swamps, and marshes present airboaters with muddy shallow water, standing sawgrass, grassy hills, submerged stumps, etc… By applying Wetlander to their hulls, airboaters are getting to places they simplywidowmaker airboat rehab could not get to before. And they are getting there faster.  Here is a DynaMarine airboat going 101.6 MPH on the GPS.

In the more temperate areas of North America, airboats need a slick and tough coating that allows them to get through the transitions from open water to frozen ice shelves, and up onto slushy snow-covered banks.  Wetlander is proving that slicker is better, and that flexibility is a strength.

When we launched Wetlander in 2011, nobody had ever heard of us.  Now, after coating jonboats, skiffs, jet sleds, driftboats, airboats, prams, dories, canoes, kayaks, duck boats, and gheenoes, we are confidently helping boaters from all over the world increase the performance of their boat, with a minimal investment.

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  1. I have been searching for a product to help make a backyard pond slide slippery and fast. It is about 60 ft long and the kids stop about 1/2 way down. It is fiberglass and powdercoated.
    Would your product work?

    • Andrea,

      Absolutely! We have coated many backyard and park slides. Your kids will FLY down the slide after some Wetlander. Call me directly at (518) 469-3612 and I can give you some suggestions.

      -Scott

    • I will tell you from experience, yes it would work but I must warn you to be very careful. I use this stuff on my boat and unless it is sitting on flat ground it will not stay in one spot.

      • Waylonthebikeguy thank you for your response. I used Wetlander on the slide. I applied by rolling on and had no sagging issues. The slide is now usable and the kids had a blast on it all summer

  2. Hi Scott. I have an aluminium car top with usual leaky rivits. Some of the rivits I have covered with in Jb weld. Can I apply Wetlander over them or do they need to be cleaned to metal. Thanks

    • Hi Richard,

      During your surface prep, just treat the JB weld like you would the rest of the aluminum: sand with 150 grit, wipe with acetone, then apply your Wetlander. You will have no Wetlander to JB Weld adhesion isssues.

      -Scott

  3. Almost to the 2 year mark with the wet lander XL!!! It has served me quite well in the Louisiana Marsh. 2 weeks ago we were hit with monumental rainfall and our lands turned to mostly water. Because of your product I was able to cross some sections of land with no standing water. It was simply amazing to witness this first hand in my boat. I picked up and transported an estimated 50 people plus pets and belongings that Sunday alone. Without your product on my boat I would not have been nearly as effeciant. I will be ordering it again, my boat took quite a beating on the underside.
    17′ express with 36 hp pro-drive.

    • Michael,

      The Cajun Navy! Glad things worked out so well, and on behalf of humans everywhere – thank you for your efforts.

      Best,
      Scott

  4. Scott,
    Been reading up on wetlander and I’d like to redo the bottom of my driftboat. Just curious if I should be looking at the 3 part kit: 2 primers plus topcoat-or if the 2 part kit, primer + topcoat will do the trick. I have a 16 foot x 54″ driftboat. I float mostly cobble and bedrock bottom rivers in Southwestern Oregon…Rogue, Chetco, etc.

    Also, if therever is anything leftover, I’m wondering if I could apply it to the bottom of my polyethylene sea kayak? Maybe a little sanding of the plastic and a quick strip of wetlander down the keel for when it gets dragged on sand when launching. Think wetlander will stick?

    Thanks, Ryan

  5. Could your product be used to apply to the surface of a drive on floating boat dock such as a “Safe Haven Retreat 2”?

    • Ron,

      Adding Wetlander to any surface where people will be walking is NOT a good idea. It is way too slick; people will get hurt.

      -Scott

  6. Building a wood drift and wondering if this will work for the bottom. I’ve been unable to locate any info for wood surfaces

    • Paige,

      We ahve alot of wood drift boaters using Wetlander. So- yes, Wetlander will work well on a wooden drift boat. I would encourage you to add at least one layer of fiberglass and resin to the bottom of the boat before adding the Wetlander. Protecting that wood is Job #1.

      -Scott

  7. How long before I can put my boat back on the trailer? Its been curing in a 70° , heated garage for a few days now.

    ~Adam~

    • Adam,

      I like to wait as long as possible; 5-7 days is best. However, you can put it back on the trailer sooner, if you HAVE to. Just understand that an uncured coating is a soft coating. The best test for deciding if it is ready for trailering is to press, scrape, and scratch the coating with your fingernail. If it makes a dent, you should wait another 24 hours. If there is no damage or impression, go ahead and trailer it.

      -Scott

  8. I read about some kind of slick, plastic bottom coating in Practical Sailor last year. In my search to find it on the net, I came across Wetlander. Do you know if it was mentioned in Practical Sailor? We have a 43′ sailboat on Puget Sound. Could we use Wetlander on our hull? I noticed that use on flat bottom boats is specified, but flexibility of the product is emphasized so it seems like it might work.

    • Susan,

      I’m not sure if we were in Practical Sailor or not; it is entirely possible. You could use Wetlander on any boat hull whether it’s fiberglass, gelcoat, aluminum, sailboat, canoe, kayak, or pontoon. However, it is important to know what your primary goal for coating the hull is… We have another coating called Speedcoat-49 that may be more appropriate for you application than Wetlander, depending on your goals. The best bet would be to give me a call directly at 518-469-3612 and we can talk at length about what you are trying to achieve.

      -Scott

      • Jerry,

        Yes. Wetlander is fine in salt water, but for most sailboats I recommend our Speedcoat-49 product, which is a better fouling preventative (aka non-stick) coating, which tends to be more suitable to sailboats.

        -Scott

  9. Will this product adhere and work to improve a poly. Kayaks speed in salt water?

    • Don,

      Sorry, but the plastic in those kayaks does not allow for adequate adhesion with most coatings, Wetlander included. It won’t stay on long enough to be of value to you.

      -Scott

    • Jim,

      I’m going to need more information to accurately answer this question… Are we talking about boats here, or something else? Wetlander is a far better icephobic surface than aluminum or gelcoat, but we have much better ice release coatings in our Wearlon arsenal. Please call me at 518-469-3612 if you would like to discuss your specific situation.

      -Scott

  10. I am redoing my 13 foot jet boat. I fish a river which has many many rocks. UMHW is to heavy and polyurea is to expencive. Should I use a priemer coat like Blue Max bottom protector and then apply the Wetlander. Bottom has had many hits and is not uniform, but still gets the job done.I need something that will take a licking and keep in ticking. Rober5t

    • Robert,

      I would prefer you not use another primer with Wetlander; I tend not to trust other primers, especially on aluminum. They are far too brittle to withstand the flexion of an aluminum boat hull.

      For your situation, I would recommend a 3-Layer kit. If you wear through to the aluminum over the course of your travels, just touch it up as needed with a quart of Topcoat.

      -Scott

  11. I have an old riveted boat that I just purchased and i wanted to coat the bottom to prevent any leaky rivets because I noticed that alot of them have silicone on them. I live in louisiana so alot of swampy water here with alot of hidden debris. You kind of see why I am interested. What preparation would I have to do and what kit do you recommend me purchasing

    • Ben,

      Prep for an old aluminum boat is to clean up the hull with 100-150 grit sandpaper. Get it down to bare, clean and shiny aluminum. Hit the rivets and seams with a wire wheel if you need to. If you have leaky rivets, weld them, replace them, or use 5200 marine grade caulk to seal them up. Then apply your Wetlander; either a 2-Layer Kit or a 3-Layer kit, whatever works best for you.

      -Scott

  12. I am building an aluminium airboat in New Zealand.
    I will be using it in a harbour so will be crossing sand bars and mud as we live on an island in the middle of the harbour.
    It is 8ft wide(2.4m) x 20 ft long(6m)
    How much do I need?
    What is the cost?
    Will you send to me?
    My email is gerardmagner@rocketmail.com
    Thanks
    Gerry

    • Gerry,

      Contact Paul Mullan at paul@blackmagic.com.au. He is a kiwi and our southern hemisphere Wetlander dealer. He has all kits in stock and can get it to you ASAP. You can also contact him at +61 2 9484 8444.

      A boat that size is going to need gallon sized containers, by my reckoning.

      Cheers,

      Scott

      • Thanks Scott,
        I will contact him tomorrow as today is a holiday.
        Cheers
        Gerry

  13. I have a mud boat and we use it on the river. It gets very shallow with gravel and sand. Sometimes only a couple of inches in my aluminum johnboat get stuck. How does your product compare to you HMW I have a mud boat and we use it on the river. It gets very shallow with gravel and sand. Sometimes only a couple of inches in my aluminum johnboat get stuck. How does your product compare to UHMW sheets ? Will it work well against the gravel ?

    • Joel,

      Compared to UHMW polymer sheets, Wetlander is more flexible, much less expensive, easier to apply, easier to repair if damaged, much lighter and MUCH slicker. However, Wetlander can never have the same impact resistance that UHMW has. So, if you are a boulder basher – UHMW might be the way to go.

      Oh yeah… no need to drill hundreds of holes in your boat to apply Wetlander. It’s worth it just for that, I think.

      -Scott

  14. You mention speedcoat 49 it seems like a great product but is it as durable as the wet Lander. I would like to use it on my flats boat. I spend a lot of time in a ft or less water and the bottom sometimes drags through sand, shells and small stones. I would like it to look its best and I’m assuming the speedcoat 49 looks nicer and it was recommended over the wet Lander for the sailboat for that reason

    • Robert,

      I recommend Speedcoat-49 for sailboats because sailboats are most concerned with reducing drag. NOT because it looks better than the Wetlander when applied. With either Wetlander or Speedcoat-49, if aesthetics are your prime goal, then you should spray the product for the smoothest coat possible. I always recommend Wetlander for flats boats, due to the inherent shallow water, oyster shells and sand bars.

      -Scott

    • Russ,

      Yes, and no. Slight hairline cracks are no problem (you should try and buff them out with some sandpaper first, if you are so inclined). Big, thick fissures that go down into the fiberglass mesh? Those would need to be re-gelcoated (in my opinion).

      -Scott

  15. I’m interested in using your product on a ski boat. The main reason would be to protect the bottom and bow when I beach the boat. Thoughts?

    • Ryan,

      Not a problem. Wetlander will work well on a ski boat. Constant abrasion (beaching on dry sand) over long periods of time may wear the Wetlander, so be prepared to touch up as necessary.

      -Scott

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