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Old 02 January 2005, 15:48   #1
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Where can I buy Safe Boat Skin?

Hi
Does anyone know where I can buy Safe Boat SKin?
I am about to put my RIB into a Marina berth on the Hamble, and need to 'antifoul' her first.
Has anyone any experience of using this product all year around in Solent waters?
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Old 02 January 2005, 19:22   #2
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Hi, I too intend to try safeboatskin this coming season (it was recommended to me by David Brettell, Joint MD of Henshaws) after he saw it at a trade show. It is apparently tried and tested on Hypalon Tubes.

I would be most interested to hear how you get on with it!

See www.safeboatskin.com

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Old 03 January 2005, 06:32   #3
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I too would be interested to hear any testimonials regarding safe boat skin. I have been refurbishing my aged searider, and having removed all the old antifouling and filled all the dings in the bottom, am now at the crossroads.
1) to antifoul the bottom again, but what to use?
2) Use a 2 pack paint and treat with SBS. This will give her some bling and we all like that!

She would normally live on a trailler but I intend to berth her for around 4 months this year in the Medway estaury.

I am leaning towards option 2 at the moment.

Is it really as good as they claim?
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Old 03 January 2005, 08:54   #4
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It seems to work really well on everyone elses boat - except mine!! I followed the instructions, and she was in the water for 10 weeks (too long I now realise) - and probably not used as much as anticpated - and even a power washer wouldn't shift it. It took 2 days of scrubbing to clean off the barnacles.

I suspect that it depends where and how you use your boat. However, apart from my experience, nobody seems to have anything bad to say about it - and it could always be user error!!

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Old 03 January 2005, 14:20   #5
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OK, I am not a ribber, but I can say that it works fantasticly on mine, even the drive stays weed free as I applied it on that. It makes antifoul look like some old fashioned brew, but then again I am only speaking about my boat, it may not suite all. It saves ruining the hull and keeps it looking nice, but I must say that after a while it looks like a Tea stain on the bottom, but this comes off with a gentle wipe which I do on the trailer. It is meant for boats that go in and out of the water, so ideal for people who keep it on a berth but ocassionaly take it out to trailer like me. It's pretty cheap considering, so worth a punt IMHO.
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Old 03 January 2005, 15:54   #6
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Swginn seems to like safeboatskin.

He seems to have had a good experience with it.

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Old 04 January 2005, 03:41   #7
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Yep, can't say a bad thing about the stuff!! Peteb is spot on about the tea staining too, and how easily it wipes off!! Just be sure to follow the application instructions properly.
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Old 04 January 2005, 08:32   #8
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Humm
After 6mths of being in the water with light to moderate use and a good tidal flow I can say - what a nice barnicle growth on the tubes!

The spray-on antifoul for the outdrive not very impressed with it but it could have been worse.

The copperbot on the fibreglass worked a treat loverly and clean would highly recomend it.
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Old 07 January 2005, 11:17   #9
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Jelly,

Was it SafeBoatSkin that you sprayed on the outdrive? If so, whilst I'm still on the fence with SBS, I want to give it another go (and use up what I've got), and as I don't seem to be able to apply it properly by hand, I'm thinking of spraying it on.

How did you do it?

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Old 07 January 2005, 11:46   #10
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Hi Dylan
SBS was applied to the tubes where they make contact with the water.
Maybe we needed to apply more than one coat for the location.
Another idea is chili oil in a wax, used to use it on survey cables but it was horrible stuff to handle - I think it was classed as toxic when we disposed of it.
The out drive was sprayed with one of the leading brands spray antifoul for legs, can't remember which one. But no where near as effective as the copperbot on the hull - its great and it seals the hull!
If does two seasons it will have been worth the money.

As for removing barnicles whilst they are still wet ice scraper the little blighters being careful not to catche the tubes with the edges.
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