Originally Posted by Tony B
Do I treat the bottom of an RIB the same as any fiberglass boat?
Assuming so, then all I need is the normal anti-fouling paint used in this area?
I assume that I have to really clean and sand the bottom before anti-fouling paint.
Do I put any anti fouling paint on the fabric portion itself? Or does stuff
no grow on that?
Thanks in advance.
If it's a fibreglass hull then yes, just the same. I antifouled my RIB when I started keeping her afloat. I just cleaned the hull to wash off any polish and painted standard a/f on it. (International Paints UNO) Didn't put primer on, or sand it down first.
The a/f stayed stuck on. I now use International's Trilux 33, which is better and available in a proper white. I used the same paint on the tubes (but navy blue) to above the waterline. No problems.
Leave an inch or so gap from the outboard bracket as the copper in the a/f may corrode the alloy. I spray the outboard bracket and tilt trim cylinders with a clear organic a/f as they are submerged when at rest. It's effective for about four months.