A good idea... and the stuff works. I've got two friends who recommended it to me, one is on year 14, the other on year seven.
It is also what I used on my boat two seasons ago, and all I had on the hull this past season after hauling out, was slime, which pressure washing took care of. While it is a bit more expensive than regular bottom paint, if you look at the long-term costs of it, it turns out quite reasonable.
If you consider the cost and time of hauling the boat and painting each time—the stuff is very reasonable. I figure, if I get five years out of it, it will have paid for itself. If it lasts the ten they say it will... I'll be seriously ahead of the game... and if I can get 14 years out of it like Sherri has, I'll be very happy.
Originally Posted by Omatako
One thing I've been thinking about in terms of cutting down hassle and cost of cruising - long term anti-foul. Nothing irritates more than a boat that gets messy underwater and there is either no way of getting it properly cleaned or where it can be it's prohibitively expensive.
Have a look at coppercoat.com - it comes with a lot of good credentials and reports. It is a whole lot more expensive than an ordinary anti-foul and the prep is a wole lot more arduous but I reckon I'd rather deal with that while I'm at home than have an on-going hassle on a cruise. The blurb reckons up to ten years of protection - that's long enough for most cruises.
And no, I have no connection of any sort to the product, it just seems a good way to cut some of the grind out of boat maintenance while cruising.
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