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Old 20 May 2012, 10:29   #11
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Ribbing without antifouling

Hi Guys,
Am new to Ribbing (have been cruising and fishing from an ARVOR for years).
My question is; Do I have to antifoul my RIB, it will be left on a swinging mooring from now till November. If I dont, am I mad.
If I have to, is there such a thing as 'clear antifouling' ?

Thanks guys.
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Old 20 May 2012, 14:57   #12
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I tried several tins of stripit, its bloody hard work. I also tried another one which is a gel and you jet wash off. All in all spent over 100 and about 20 hours and managed to remove less than 1/10th. If you boat has curvy hull shapes your screwed with a scraper!!!

My boat was never keyed, so when the antifoul comes off its a gorgeous virgin bottom. However, by the time you bought several tins of that stuff, there are other options. It all depends what you want it of for, if you want a smooth priming surface for a new coat, i'd just sand it, if you want, never been painted look, go for one of the ARC, soda, or something similar blasting companies. How much do you get paid at work per hour, dont forget to factor that into calculations, and never under estimate antifoul removal
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if you want a smooth priming surface for a new coat, i'd just sand it, if you want, never been painted look, go for one of the ARC, soda, or something similar blasting companies.
I'd be very cautious about sanding anything that's been previously anti fouled. You'll be releasing harmful chemicals/dust which shouldn't be breathed in.
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I did our 46ft Sealine with it.
Realistically it takes off about 3/4 layers per application. On our big boat it took 3 goes to get it back to pretty much smooth gel coat with no scraping involved! Added 3 knts to WOT speed:-)
I've been doing the rib this week and that too will need 3 coats to get it back to a smooth bottom( including the primercon base layer) but in certain places on the hull it's already bare gel coat after 2 applications.
I was careful not to get it on the tubes, not sure if they'd like it too much?

Good luck, it's worth the effort.
Did you treat the bare gel coat with anything after the antifoul removal?
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I'd be very cautious about sanding anything that's been previously anti fouled. You'll be releasing harmful chemicals/dust which shouldn't be breathed in.
This is always what crosses my mind too,could have serious consequences even years later
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This is always what crosses my mind too,could have serious consequences even years later
Aye, if yer a barnicle, yer snookered fer sure

Since they took the TBT out, I wouldn't be as worried...
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Hi Guys,
Am new to Ribbing (have been cruising and fishing from an ARVOR for years).
My question is; Do I have to antifoul my RIB, it will be left on a swinging mooring from now till November. If I dont, am I mad.
If I have to, is there such a thing as 'clear antifouling' ?

Thanks guys.

Have left mine on swing mooring for max 5 weeks and removed all deposits easily with light scrubbing. No special treatments needed. Suspect I could go a little longer without too much cleaning work needed.
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This lot seem to do a stripper for everything!

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