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Old 01 November 2007, 04:44   #1
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Anti-fouling?

Hi folks
Went to have a look at a nice Brig 645 yesterday and the very helpful chap selling it asked where I would be keeping it (if we can do a suitable deal) and I replied in my marina berth where my current fisher/cruiser is kept.
Talk got around to usage and I asked if it was anti-fouled to which I was told you don't really anti-foul RIBS.
Is this right? I really can't see why a good hard anti-foul like International couldn't be used on the hull (obviously not on the hypalon tubes).
What is the consensus of opinion on this?
Have other RIBsters anti-fouled theirs?
I intend to keep her berthed year 'round for easy use and then lifted out once a year for a service/anti-foul/hull check.
Do I need to keep her out of the water on a trailer (as suggested) as that seems a bit excessive - I don't want to pamper it, I want to be able to use it!
Advice appreciated
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Old 01 November 2007, 05:04   #2
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Yes. Mine spends lots of time in the water and I know from yacht racing experience how performance is dulled VERY quickly and pressure washing or trying to wipe it clean in the water (diver or similar) just doesn't do the job.

I spent a lot of time researching the options with the hardboaters and came to the conclusion that Blakes Hard Racing was the stuff. I primed and painted, then wet and dried absolutely smooth. The loss of performance was non-existent (proven by speed and fuel consumption remaining EXACTLY the same, and over time it could be argued that it improved as I wasn't carrying any growth at all around with me! The boat came out in September after 3 months in the water and there was nothing on it at all! Excellent product that I would thoroughly recommend.
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Old 01 November 2007, 05:05   #3
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I replied in my marina berth where my current fisher/cruiser is kept. Talk got around to usage and I asked if it was anti-fouled to which I was told you don't really anti-foul RIBS.
Well as you have probably guessed he was talking bollicks. Lots of Ribs live on trailers so yes they don't need antifouling. For those that do live on the water nothing wrong with a nice coat of hard antifoul paint. The alternative is endless trips down to the boat just to scrub it off. Some bright spark left our dive club rib in Portsmouth harbour for 6 weeks one summer. I and several other members had to spend a weekend cleaning the crap off.

I know Carly doesn't antifoul his little speed boat incase he looses 1/10th of a knot off the top end so spends his spare time polishing it instead. Also Nautibouy bought a floating dock the size of an aircraft carrier to park his rib on top, out of the water, but for those that just want to step on board, turn the key and go then a nice coat of International hard antifoul will keep the wee beasties away afterall all the other boats in your marina will be antifouled, why not a rib.

Be wary of "snake oil" products claiming they will replace antifoul paint btw, some horrible photos on here showing complete failure.

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Old 01 November 2007, 05:06   #4
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I am just paying over a grand to have old antifouling removed from the hull of my rib. It has gone yellow and is scuffed with black trailer roller marks.

It has to be sand blasted off, then the hull has to be polished back.

My thoughts: Try to avoid it at all costs, but I don't keep my boat afloat.

I had a Dell Quay Dory for years. It sat on a mooring in Norfolk in a drying harbour. I pressure washed the hull mid season and it was fine.
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My thoughts: Try to avoid it at all costs, but I don't keep my boat afloat.
But he is planning to keep it afloat in a marina.

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Old 01 November 2007, 05:52   #6
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Now give me back my dog!

: Pete JABS is a consultant!, I am sure you remember the old joke

Let's hope Genie's consultation fee ain't too high

You can happily antifoull your boat the only problem is that it's an on going process. The other alternative is to pull it every 6 weeks or so and give it a clean.
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Old 01 November 2007, 06:03   #7
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I switched from intersped (after getting fed up with barnacles, weed, slime etc) to Blakes Hard Racing for this season. Launched in June and still in the water now - nothing has grown (even the slime is very minimal). This is good stuff, the difference 'tween this and the Intersped is incredible - same boat, same pontoon and last year covered in crap, this year nothing!
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Old 01 November 2007, 06:11   #8
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The loss of performance in six weeks will be noticeable though! We are currently running a yacht campaign that will culminate in an international event next June/July and until then we will not anti-foul. The boat is also required for demo sails (by the UK agent) and other commitments during the week so it is not dry-sailed but IS lifted weekly so that we can wipe it's bottom! I am stunned by the barnacle growth and slime that:-

a. Establishes itself within a week (alright the b's are miniscule but it doesn't take long!

b. The pressure washer doesn't move! Bear in mind that this is an industrial strength pressure washer in a marina!!

This whole "anti-fouling is not for ribs" issue is just b*****ks for anyone that leaves their boat in the water for any length of time over a couple of weeks. The cost of fuel/loss of performance will soon outweigh the effort required to coat the boat and so what if it needs rubbing back and refreshing every year? Even if you paid someone to do it you'd still save more than you would lose in fuel costs from running around in a s**t covered boat!!!

As for paying someone a grand to take it off a 6m rib, I'm sure there's several of us on here who'd have done it for 500!!!!
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Old 01 November 2007, 07:08   #9
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My boat has lived in the water for 9 months now and its not antifouled. Even in the middle of summer the growth wasn't that bad, that said we were using the boat on a daily basis which makes a difference. I've scubbed it about 4 times now to keep it clean, I'm hoping it won't need doing again for a while now the water is getting colder. I did consider antifouling it but didn't like the idea of covering the shiny hull in paint in case I wanted to sell it at some point to someone who kept it on a trailer. It is a good idea though - I may well end up antifouling it at some point.
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If the customer requires it we Anti-Foul our ribs, before the customer takes delivery, we use two coats of Blakes Racing Hard White, we find this doesnt perfect perfomance too much and looks as good as Anti-Foul can.
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