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Old 31 July 2012, 17:02   #1
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Copper coat!

I have got fed up with taking the rib in and out of the water on a weekly basis and also the thought of anti-fouling every year was too much. So I opted to Copper coat the boat. Took some pictures of the proceedings.

All wrapped up and ready to go:



1st coat applied.



4th and final coat and all shiny!

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Looking good, you will not regret it
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Old 25 August 2012, 03:04   #3
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I took the rib out to do some post copper coating speed trials yesterday. Prior to having the work done I did some trials to see what speed I could achieve . With half tank of fuel and just me aboard I got 34 knots. Yesterday with same fuel load, still just me I got 40.8 knots. Unless I had actually seen it with my own eyes, I'd not have believed it would have made that much difference , but it has.
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Wow! Thats amazing.. 6 knots speed increase just buy replacing the pain
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That is what we found. The best bit is that for your "normal" crusing speed you will be using less fuel. Therefore over the long term it will start paying for itself

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Could you spill the beans on the costs? It might be a consideratione for me, too
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I have been preparing to do the CC thing on my Shetland but will do the SR4 first so a few questions please.

Cost? Which product did you go for? Original CC or one of the other clones?

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Old 26 August 2012, 04:27   #8
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Best is to contact www.arccompany.co.uk and speak direct with Mark Tugwell.
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David,

Surely your 34 knots was with a dirty bottom though?

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The bottom was stained, but not weedy or anything like that. The hull was in fact jet washed two days before the original pre sea trial. Others have said that fitting new low friction cables may also have contributed to more speed, but all in all I'm happy with the outcome, not so much for the top speed more for what it will mean at normal cruise speed.
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