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Old 02 April 2016, 06:57   #21
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Good post wilk.

So did you gain or loose any top speed?
How smooth is the finish?
I presume it was a virgin hull?

One of my key priorities is smoothness, and top speed. I have the product, almost all ready to go, I paid a lot less for it though. 6 kits enough for a 8.1m?
Too soon to say about the speed (I certainly won't gain any ) - I'll report later in the year (won't matter to you then though!).

The finish looks like rollered antifoul - slightly stippled. I have yet to burnish it as per instructions, so it MAY even out a touch - but I suspect not.

I bought eight kits (see photo for full kit supplied) and used almost seven. The last would have been for points that were missed but we hit the whole job in one pass. The epoxy has a 1 year shelf life and the copper has no limit, so I'm holding them for touch up work if required in the autumn. I'd have thought that six kits would be OK for you.

If you want smooth and fast - I'd STRONGLY recommend getting it sprayed! My hull was as you say - virgin. That said it had seen two seasons of rubbing and cleaning so wasn't totally unkeyed. I set about it with an orbital sander and 80/120 grit pads - almost broke my heart (and arms )
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Old 02 April 2016, 09:22   #22
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Spraying will give you a much smoother finish.
Burnishing will improve things a bit on roller application - taking some of the worst ridges off. But i did not want to thin the layer of coppercoat too much.
I was quoted 3000 by a yard for the job (on a virgin hull).
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Too soon to say about the speed (I certainly won't gain any ) - I'll report later in the year (won't matter to you then though!).
Preliminary results just in:

I launched and did my first cruise of 2016 yesterday. I was carrying max fuel, equipment and PAX over a 60Nm course and I have to say (hand on where my heart would be if I had one) that I didn't notice any change in performance. I generally cruise at 3000rpm doing 30kts and that is exactly the same. The cruising figures were what I was worried about. I didn't manage to test the top end as we were running with or against some major tidal flows. The next hurdle now will be the actual antifouling performance. I painted the leg and a few fittings with Trilux33 so will have something to compare with.
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Do you need me to nip over and test the top speed for you? Always happy to help out a mate!
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Old 07 May 2016, 16:10   #25
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Do you need me to nip over and test the top speed for you? Always happy to help out a mate!
Errr, thanks Boss - but the role of "Unrepentant Speed Merchant" has been taken by donegaldan - doesn't help any that our buddy Wildwords has just bought a 40kt Redbay Canopy!

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. I didn't manage to test the top end as we were running with or against some major tidal flows.
I thought all top speeds were always quoted going with the biggest tide you could find...
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I thought all top speeds were always quoted going with the biggest tide you could find...
Sorry P., I know you're a stickler. Two passes up and down stream/wind and the average taken = The Hull Truth.

In any case, she's still throwing those 28" pitchers hard enough to stay in the over 40 club, so you can relax...
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Sorry P., I know you're a stickler. Two passes up and down stream/wind and the average taken = The Hull Truth.
That's the right way, but its not the FIBnet way!
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