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Old 08 September 2006, 08:53   #1
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Your Choice Of Antifouling

I think I may have to bite the bullet and antifoul? What make do you use?
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Good question Andy.

If I leave my boat on a mooring and don't antifoul it how long before it gets covered in crap ?

The thing about antifoul is that its a b_g__r to remove once its on. Is their anything thats more aesthetically pleaseing and does the same job ?
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As far as aesthetics are concerned, you can always use a white anti-foul. Or I suppose yellow in your case!
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Good question Andy.

If I leave my boat on a mooring and don't antifoul it how long before it gets covered in crap ?

The thing about antifoul is that its a b_g__r to remove once its on. Is their anything thats more aesthetically pleaseing and does the same job ?
Nick

I used to leave the rib on the mooring and pull it out every 4 weeks give or take a week either side and power wash it down (Hull Only) and wash the tubes, did not have much growth and only took 1/2hr-1 hr tops to clean. As you can see Hull is still like new.

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Hi Andy,
If you do a search there has been plenty of discussion on this. I recomend and use one of the copper epoxy coatings its done aposlutly brill for the last 3-4 years on one coat.
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I used to leave the rib on the mooring and pull it out every 4 weeks give or take a week either side and power wash it down (Hull Only) and wash the tubes, did not have much growth and only took 1/2hr-1 hr tops to clean. As you can see Hull is still like new.

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Thats what I'll do. As you say the hull is in good nick. Just have to see what facilities are available in the Marina I choose.

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Old 08 September 2006, 13:44   #7
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Do it, best thing I ever did. Do a search for some of the discussions.

Blakes Hard Racing is what I used. If Navy Blue is good for you and you are down in the South I can do you a deal on a few litres (including primer/undercoat).
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Gave up the continual bleaching and anti fouled my white hull with white international trilux (hard scrubbable) antifouling. (non copper)
Been done for three years and only recent someone said "when did you antifoul that?

Be careful about the antifouling reacting with the alloy clamps of the outboard....if its copper based (?) leave a 2" band around the clamps. The two metals react apparently.

The hard part is keying up the hull to get the antifouling primer to stick and once done that's it ..!..no more polishing the bottom
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I think I may have to bite the bullet and antifoul? What make do you use?
I use International Paints VC Offshore:

http://www.yachtpaint.com/uk//produc...ePageID=5048#1

Its quite thin but dries quickly so by the time you have worked around the boat its time to do the second coat. About £80 for 2 litres which just does a 6.5m rib less stern drive which gets Trilux because its Ali. If your in any doubt as to antifoul or not have a look at the photos here. The barnacles in Portsmouth harbour grow on Trilux antifouling so bare grp ? hmm yummie The down side is taking an electric sander and machining off that nice shiny finish. The Copper stuff Jelly uses could be a good option though.

Safe Boat Skin - Beware!

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I just spoke to the techy chap at International Paints. He suggested:

1. Key up the bottom with 180 grade sandpaper;
2. Apply 2x coats of Gelshield 200;
3. Apply 2 x coats of Trilux (white).
4. Burnish, if required.
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I think I may have to bite the bullet and antifoul? What make do you use?

A really effective and truly white antifoul is the Blakes hard racing paint, I always use this when antifouling a customers RIB. Lasts well.
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S'funny, that's what I said!

Nice to know the pros agreed with my decision, which did involve a LOT of homework!
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Interesting

Very Interesting, we have found International to be veryy effective in Portsmouth Harbour and Hamble - Specifically Interspeed and Uno on slow boats (under 10kts)

Whatever you choose make sure it's a hard antifoul rather than a self polishing one. There are even a couple of antifouls which can go on the tubes, although I haven't seen them in action.
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international "get the none corrosive one though" your wallet feels light when you walk out the shop keeps all the crap off but you still have to clean the sterndrive
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