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Old 20 March 2012, 12:51   #11
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My mate was going to use it on his Targa 34 and was told not to as it's really bad for the marine life.
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My mate was going to use it on his Targa 34 and was told not to as it's really bad for the marine life.
Mmmmmm! Surely ALL anti fouling is 'bad for marine life'. That's why it's used, to stop 'marine life' from growing on the hull. If it isn't used the huge increases in fuel consumption will use up precious resources, adding to global warming (which will kill lots of 'marine life' because the water will get too warm).

Ordinary anti fouling wears away as the boat travels through the water, thus spreading its 'poisons' over a large area. Coppercoat stays on the boat for about ten years and only kills 'marine life' that actually sticks to it (which then falls off). It's therefore better for the environment and 'marine life'.

Frankly, I get pi**ed off with environmentalist clap trap and bad science. I also dislike trolls and I think I may have been hooked by one.

Apologies if I'm wrong. Maybe I'm just fed up of grey skies.
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You should have been suspicious the minute you saw it with a disguise like that. It's clearly up to no good
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Mmmmmm! Surely ALL anti fouling is 'bad for marine life'. That's why it's used, to stop 'marine life' from growing on the hull. If it isn't used the huge increases in fuel consumption will use up precious resources, adding to global warming (which will kill lots of 'marine life' because the water will get too warm).

Ordinary anti fouling wears away as the boat travels through the water, thus spreading its 'poisons' over a large area. Coppercoat stays on the boat for about ten years and only kills 'marine life' that actually sticks to it (which then falls off). It's therefore better for the environment and 'marine life'.

Frankly, I get pi**ed off with environmentalist clap trap and bad science. I also dislike trolls and I think I may have been hooked by one.

Apologies if I'm wrong. Maybe I'm just fed up of grey skies.
I can't be an environmentalist, I drive a 4x4 and a RIB when I could be a raggie with a Golf although I do have a heat pump.

Since posting I did some research and found copper antifoul is more friendly, but my mate was told it would kill the fish and copper's not used anymore, something's different these days as it used to be shunned upon so was wondering how it;s different as it clearly has changes.
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Hi Ewan

I hope you dont think my comments were in anyway negative about the product. Far from it, I am pleased and look forward to see the way it carries on protecting our RIB over the years.
As posted on our Facebook site, the speed at WOT has already improved beyond anything we have seen over the last two years
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Since posting I did some research and found copper antifoul is more friendly, but my mate was told it would kill the fish and copper's not used anymore, something's different these days as it used to be shunned upon so was wondering how it;s different as it clearly has changes.
I think you will find that it is copper based chemicals in eroding antifoul that are the environmental problem as they get into the food chain due to them becoming dissolved/suspended in water. Plain old copper metal fixed to a hull is not such a problem. I would suspect it releases very little copper minerals into the surrounding briny and is therefore only toxic to anything that tries to attach itself directly to the coating. Bear in mind that sheets of copper were attached to boats historically (square riggers and the like) to prevent fouling.
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I put Coppercoat on my hull four years ago and it's still working fine.
Small world!!!

Here's some pics I took of your rib in 2009 when we went to France in our VW camper.

Awesome holiday, and an awesome rib

My dream is to take my own rib there one day
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The technical editor of "Motor Boat and Yachting" magazine (Greg Copp) tested it on his 13m Sunseeker last year, and the early results were published in the Feb '12 issue. His boat gained 2 knots at top speed, and 1 knot at cruising revs.

Similarly we had Sunseeker Middle East test Coppercoat on a brace of 82ft Sunseekers in Dubai, and again recorded a 2 knot increase in top speed. And even though it costs a fair amount to lift and repaint these big boats, it's a lot cheaper to gain speed this way than it is to fit bigger engines!
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