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Old 05 October 2005, 13:38   #1
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Weed build-up

Hi All,

I am starting to think about where I am going to keep my new rib when I get her. My ideal berth would mean she would be in the water throughout the entire season.

My query is regarding weed/slime build-up. I expect many of you trailer-sail your ribs, but what about a rib that is in the water the majority of the time. Antifouling the bottom sounds a horrible solution.

I am having lifting-eyes fitted so I can have her jetted off from time-to-time.

Any advice appreciated.

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Old 05 October 2005, 13:42   #2
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In pretty much the same predicament myself.

Local conditions vary so much - weather is also a big factor.

From what I have been told as long as I take my boat out every 2 or 3 weeks and give it a good pressure washing I will be ok - as I have to take it on a trailer to get petrol anyway it shouldn't be too bad - have just bought a petrol pressure washer!!!

Just read an article in a boat mag - they said even a thin film of slime had knocked 20kts off their speed!!! Seemed rather a lot to me but once they cleaned the hull normal service was resumed!!!
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Old 05 October 2005, 13:49   #3
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Does pressure washing get rid of all the slime or does it leave a 'residue'?

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Hi

I keep my rib at Chichester Marina in the water all the time, I do not have any antifoul on the boat what so ever, I tend to use the rib every weekend if not every other weekend at least. I pull it out and Jet Wash it about every 3-4 weeks and find the powerwasher gets the little bit of weed off and any barnicles although this is minimal to. As for the grime/discoloration I wash the rib down with normal car sudds and it is as clean as the day I bought it. Takes about an hour on average, but worth it and I find it's not much of a chore.

Hope this helps.

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Do a search on here for "safe boat skin". It's a product applied in the same way as a wax. The idea is that weed etc can't attach to it so your hull stays clean.
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Old 05 October 2005, 14:27   #6
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I pull it out and Jet Wash it about every 3-4 weeks and find the powerwasher gets the little bit of weed off and any barnicles although this is minimal to.
Just to clarify, jet washing does get the crap off then?

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Hi Andy

Why not keep her at Shepherds Wharf they can dry berth her for you. If not East Cowes Marina you can always recover her at the folly, for a wash off or take it tp Island Harbour for a quick power wash .
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I am dissapointed

when I saw the title Weed build up I thought it was about something else

I am not a big fan of keeping a rib in the water and think Dry berthing is a very good solution, however if you must keep it in the water the pressur washig regul;arly will do it but you have to keep on top of it and it does become a chore,
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Why not keep her at Shepherds Wharf they can dry berth her for you.
Tim,

I was thinking about 'dry sailing' her. Hmmm. Not sure. I wonder how much they charge and how much notice they require for a put-in.

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