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Old 15 October 2006, 14:55   #1
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Bloody hard work but worth it

On Tuesday we finally had the chance to put the boat up on the sand to scrub off the bottom. As you can see it was like the great barrier reef under there.

Took us 7 hrs of sheer hard work - using plastic windscreen scrapers from Hypervalue and nylon scourers. Scrubbing brushes didn't touch it.

It turned out to be great weather and it was nice to get away from it all for a few hours. We even had a free air display - big NATO excercise on - all sorts of aircraft - even an AWACS. I think they decided to use our boat as a marker point - was a bit worried - didn't want a "blue on blue"!!!

Has made a hell of a difference to the boat - was down to 25kts - back up to 41 now - should have tried a different prop but we needed every one of those 7hrs.
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Old 15 October 2006, 14:57   #2
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Some more - didn't get a final "after" shot because the tide was coming in fast but we did get the hull spotless!!!
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Old 15 October 2006, 15:32   #3
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Nice work codders you old scrubber!
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Old 15 October 2006, 16:07   #4
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Looks like you did a good job. Who needs anti fouling !
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Old 15 October 2006, 16:42   #5
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I was afraid the hull would be damaged under all that crap but it was still nice and smooth!!!
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Old 15 October 2006, 17:30   #6
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Nice clean up job
Thought trailering my boat was sometimes a pain in the neck; but after looking at your bottom ,seems worth every minute
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Old 15 October 2006, 17:57   #7
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I was supposed to have a trailer with the boat Dal - but that's another story.....
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Old 15 October 2006, 18:34   #8
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I don't know how effective it is but have you considered safeboatskin or similar?
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Old 15 October 2006, 20:06   #9
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Cod, I would have thought you would have the latest hi- tech anti- fouling paint/coating on the old Codcraft, what gives?
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Old 15 October 2006, 21:06   #10
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Safeboatskin is a load of rubbish according to some people on here.

I didn't want to antifoul as I was hoping to be able to take the boat out regularly on a trailer.

I have actually been working on my own antifouliing - there was no time to apply it before but now I have put on some trial patches. it has been fine on some test plates I put in the water about 1 year ago - just wonder how well it will stand up to the high speed of a RIB - if it does I will make a fortune - I hope!!!
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