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Old 09 December 2004, 05:24   #21
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Sounds about right, I did the same, 4 coats tubes and hull. Although the first time I took it out was after 5-6 wks. I then used up the rest of the bottle with two more coats.

Were you using the boat alot during that 12 wks?? I used mine about once a a week, the odd time it was once every two weeks. The more you use the boat the less you will have to clean it as every time you use the boat the crap slides off the waxed hull. I generally make sure I took her up to 50kts and hold her at that speed for a minute or so and then do some high speed turns at 35kts or so to dip both sides of the hull in for a clean. This generally gets rid of all the build up of crap. HTH!
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Old 09 December 2004, 05:45   #22
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http://www.ribs.co.uk/page/hydro

I know it's expensive but its a one off solution. No more antifoul forever!! Eventually your costs in antifoul, getting the boat lifted, paying someone to antifoul it etc would pay for it!! You could always charge other owners in the same situation as yourself to use it so they can antifoul their own hulls.

Its worth a thought anyway!! Get a discount off Laurence!
Hmm, I'm not sure how our harbour master would react if I asked him! He'd either laugh at me or hit me!!

On a serious note I had thought about the lift but moorings over here have a 2-3 year waiting list and cost a fortune.....anything increasing the billable? sq footage is a bit of a no no........I already pay nearly 600 a year just for the rib. (not sure if that's good or bad.......comparable to the UK???)

I think I may have to use the old weedkiller and see if I can find an environmentally friendly version! A lot of people over here use parazone but again not exactly good for the environment!
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Old 09 December 2004, 07:06   #23
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I didn't use the RIB as much as I should have (about once every 3 weeks in the end), but each time we got up to at least 35kts which should have blasted off most of the 'cling-ons'.

I'm not going to antifoul, so I'll SBS her again before I put her back in and try and get out more!!

Does anyone know whether you can spray it, and if so, how?

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Old 09 December 2004, 16:50   #24
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You can't spray it, and must follow the instructions very carefuly ensuring only 3 x very fine coats are applied with a good 20mins left between each one. This seems to work well if you go round the boat in one direction as when you get back to where you started it is time to go round again.

My boat is like new with it on, and has saved devastating the hull with that old fashioned antifoul crap, I do however get the slight tea stain look, but it comes off very easily. I have not had one nasty attach itself to the hull or drive. It works just as well on the leg and has kept it looking like new.

I do understand that you need to use the boat now and again to keep the stuff working, there are no problems with using it on trailer boats, in fact it has been tested succesfully on these, so being out of the water for a while is not a problem.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09 December 2004, 18:49   #25
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Just been thinking about your RIB DGR. when did you powerhose it?? This might have stripped some of the wax layer off?? Also you're only supposed to clean it with water otherwise the wax layer is compromised.

Oh and you can spray it!! (read the instructions!)

Spray application available for professional use; - Protects against UV and waterstains; - Effectivity remains but changes during season. Reapply (only clean with water!) every season/12 months.
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Old 09 December 2004, 19:02   #26
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Ah now if you could spray it, I could probably manage to get full coverage on one of the drying pads and let it dry just in time for the return of the tide!?

I'd probably have to do it a couple of times but it might be worth the hassle. The thought of having to hand do it all seemed a bit chore like!
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Old 09 December 2004, 19:08   #27
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Sorry Pettal, it has to dry for 8 hrs before getting wet!! Spray application will not work as well as hand application either! Looks like you'll have to lift that RIB out.
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Old 09 December 2004, 19:10   #28
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Oh sh*t and b*gger.

F*ck it! I'll napalm the little feckers at the start of next year.

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Old 10 December 2004, 03:21   #29
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I'd like to use safeboatskin, but it's not very practical for me so any suggestions appreciated.

My boat lives in a marina year round and gets pulled out once a year to have it serviced and cleaned up.

I don't own a trailer so pulling in and out is reasonably out of the question.....unless I pay 20-25 to have it lifted out. I don't have anywhere to keep a trailer so that that idea out of the window.

There is a drying pad in a few of our marinas that I could make use of, but again restricted by tide and time and probably couldn't get enough coats on in time.

I don't want to anti-foul as it slows down the hull and is a right royal pain in the bum to take off and put back on every year. I actually pay someone to do my other boat but that's an old C.I. 22 and not a major problem if the bloke f*cks it up.

I did look at copperbot or whatever it's now called but is a bit bl**dy expensive.

I have previously beached a mates boat and used a fast acting weed killer (a bit nerve racking when your not sure if it will stain the hull or not) and that worked quite well.......although not very eco-friendly!

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
I was talking to a Pacific owner the other day about weed growth. He said that about 20 years ago, he watched two fisherman in Camber Dock roll out a length of heavy duty rubber onto the slip. They then drove their Dory's up onto the rubber and using one of those weedkiller spray applicators, covered the bottom of the hull with cheap bleach.. 24 hours later, all the growth had gone, leaving spotless hulls..
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Old 10 December 2004, 03:27   #30
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Now there's an idea What about a Bleach marina where you pay to moor up in bleach Mind you there could be a few plastic soap dish boats like mine that could melt
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