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Old 15 October 2006, 21:24   #11
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Codders. In the meantime I would seriously consider getting a trailer. I do not want to look at your "bottom" again like that.
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Old 16 October 2006, 04:08   #12
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Codders, I used to have a non-antifouled hardboat which lived in a marina berth. I always found that 6 weeks was the max amount of time one could allow between scrubs. After that the barnacles would get hold of the thing which were a nightmare. 4-6 weeks and there would only be soft green weed which would come off by pressure washing. Barnacles, by the way, leave a fine calcified ring after they've been scrubbed off. The only way I found to remove it was with 800 wet and dry.
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Old 16 October 2006, 05:49   #13
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Codders, I used to have a non-antifouled hardboat which lived in a marina berth. I always found that 6 weeks was the max amount of time one could allow between scrubs. After that the barnacles would get hold of the thing which were a nightmare. 4-6 weeks and there would only be soft green weed which would come off by pressure washing. Barnacles, by the way, leave a fine calcified ring after they've been scrubbed off. The only way I found to remove it was with 800 wet and dry.
I found I could remove all traces of the barnacle ring with a green nylon scouring pad - hard graft though!!!
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That's why mine's anti-fouled!
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Old 16 October 2006, 07:56   #15
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Codders. In the meantime I would seriously consider getting a trailer. I do not want to look at your "bottom" again like that.
I hope to have a trailer soon - it should have come with the boat!!!
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Old 16 October 2006, 18:55   #16
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I use a hull cleaner which is some type of acid I guess - superb stuff. I can do my 5.6m Avon in 20-30mins. Possibly not very green though. I put it in a garden type sprayer and it works a treat.
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Should have thought of that - especially with my love of chemistry. Barnacles are made from calcium carbonate so should be quite easy!!!
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I have used muriatic acid (ostensibly for swimming pool use) to clean up abalone shells. Takes off the encrusting stuff pretty quickly (and makes a ton of foam, so you can't see how it's progressing.) Removes encrusting coralline algae, sponges, all that kind of stuff. Funny thing is that it does nothing (or at least very little) to barnacle shells or tube worm tubes. Those have to be scraped or picked off (using a pointed steel tool of ones choosing.)

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Mine wasn't supposed to be on a mooring for so long - the plan was to use a trailer!!!
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