There are two easy steps to estimate the amount of paint that you will require.
Depending on what part of the boat you are painting this will affect the amount of surface area you will need to cover.
Long Keel (displacement).
Length of waterline x (breadth + depth) = square metres.
Medium Draft Sail Boats (semi-displacement).
Length of waterline x (breadth + depth) x 0.75 = square metres.
Deep Keelers, Racing Yachts.
Length of waterline x (breadth + depth) x 0.5 = square metres.
(overall length x breadth) x 0.75 = square metres.
Don’t forget when estimating the volume of paint you need for painting your boat to allow the following for waste and surface roughness:
Spray Application: Typically 30% wastage
Brush / Roller: Typically 5-10% wastage