RIB Antifoul & Copper Coat
Praise where praise is due.
Like most RIB owners I hate the thought of applying antifoul. Over the last two seasons in Poole, we found that on average we had to have her lifted and power washed (actually more like scrubbed by hand, as the power washers hardly touched it) every four weeks, otherwise fuel consumption went up significantly (10ltrs per trip). Over the course of a seven month season this amounted to costs in the £1000's (lift, wash & additional fuel burn).
Reluctantly, I went down the road of antifoul. After talking to a lot of the trade stands at the SBS, I finally went with Coppercoat. Not the cheapest option.
It was applied in March and results to date show a decrease in average fuel consumption of 15% and after a quick visual inspection this weekend, no and I mean NO growth on the hull at all, not even worth a quick once over. As reported else where, the WOT speed is also up by about 4+kts, not that we do this with clients aboard.
So the cost of materials was around £600 and application £400. We have already recouped this cost.
Our next RIB will have this applied prior to delivery (note to Andre)