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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

Just thought I would add an update.

It is now 8 months since we applied a lanolin coating to our propeller.
The propeller now has three small barnacles on it but almost no vegetation.
The lanolin is performing much better than the bottom paint we applied at the previous haulout and better for us than when we left it bare.
So here in the PNW it seems to be working.
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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

Well, for a counterpoint I put nothing on my prop last year (I'm also in the PNW). The boat was used pretty often this year (once or twice a week most of the year, about 7 weeks of cruising this summer). I just had the prop changed (fixed to feathering) and the old prop had 2 small barnacles on it. My friend who dove and installed the prop said the shaft had another couple of small ones.

So that is about the same as what your prop.

How much use does your boat get? Could you still feel lanolin on the prop?

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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

the best antifouling on a prop is USEAGE

use it and be done with it...
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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

Better still is some thai chili powder mixed with fish sauce. As a binder we use pure 100% virgin olive oil. Rub in well with a scotch brite. This may be illegal in most jurisdictions. Please don't tell the EPA.
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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

An alternative coating that seems have good performance is a product known as (click on) "Prop Glop". Can't hurt. Might really help. Worth a try, eh?

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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

I,ve used bees wax, applied by melting on to a warmed prop.Frequent use of boat all season helps too.
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Max Wax works pretty well in NZ waters-Chris-Tern
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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

I wonder if anyone has ever coated a prop with Teflon. Not spray but industrially applied as on frying pan. The barnacles would fling off when prop spins i bet. I always thought that would work on the leading edge of a plane wing as well to avoid icing.

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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

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Although not particularly cheap, Propspeed works fine.. just use that and forget about it.
I like the understatement about it not being particularly cheap! I'm preparing my boat for splashing and cleaned the prop and strut and decided to try an antifouling and found Propspeed at the store. It consists of a little plastic baggie with 3 bottles of chemicals and instructions and the price tag was, without reading glasses, US$25.000 which looked rather strange, but with reading glasses that changed to US$250.00! Wow, that is indeed not particularly cheap.


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Re: Grease on Propeller for Anti Fouling?

Lanocote works great, if you put your prop in the oven and get it hot, it sucks the lanocote into the pores as it cools. In Miami, the thing I've found works best is a thick black sharpie, again, I warm the prop up until i just handle it, then then use a big black sharpie and black ou the whole prop, it lasts longer than the lanocote.
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