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Perhaps if you could figure a way to get some water flowing past the prop when under way it might not foul so badly. Just a suggestion.
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Perhaps if you could figure a way to get some water flowing past the prop when under way it might not foul so badly. Just a suggestion.
Now this is one post I did not understand.....what do you mean water flowing???
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"Clear anti fouling paint"? That's a new one on me.
It's made for lower sections of outboards. It's not bottom paint.
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Now this is one post I did not understand.....what do you mean water flowing???
He's making a joke. He means "Maybe if you sailed the boat more often..."
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It's made for lower sections of outboards. It's not bottom paint.
OK, got it. Still don't think it comes in a "clear" finish.
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OK, got it. Still don't think it comes in a "clear" finish.
Made by Tempo, but discontinued a couple years ago. I used it for years on different boats with bronze props with ok....... results... usually under 20 barnicles and not much other crud for our 6 month season.
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Rapid loss of zinc sends a message. What mix of metals do you have?
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Giu - If not yet done, and as I mentioned in the other thread, I would advise you install a galvanic isolator in your shore power connection. There appears to be some serious pitting of the saildrive's aluminum casing and excessive zinc loss due to electrolysis, and/or galvanic reaction. Aluminum and zinc are both less noble metals than the bronze prop.
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This ProMariner Zinc Saver, a galvanic isolator, is what I installed on my boat a few years ago. Prior to that, the 40 mm prop shaft zinc anode would completely dissolve before season's end. At most, I now only lose about 25% of it at year's end.

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CEB......my boat sails more in one year than most boats here in 3 years, believe me...but was stopped still for almost 2 months when the boom broke. That is when it got dirty... and when the boom arrived I went sailing rtaher than fixing it....

The zincs are coming out a new ones installed, I guess I'll have to replace them more often. These are from early march 2006, so been in water for a year and 2 months. So they paid their dues...

My original question is what to use to clean the prop so it does not get damaged on cleaning...you know...what brush etc. I want to do it myself...then...what to put on it, because the barnacle slow me down.

Christyleigh, I called Westmarine and they said the clear anti vegetative they had for outboard was removed because it had some weird bad chemical, but I bought a can of Propspeed kit, and will try it. Its is expensive though.

Goodnews, I did not understand what you mean by mix of metals. Please explain. I have the bronze Gori Prop, and the saildrive column...these are all standard materials in the industry..
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