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Crap on the wheel?

The boat has sat for two months. Took it out and i had no power. I was thinking tranny but all worked well with it. Took a swim and there is 1-1 1/2 inches of buildup on the wheel! I never had this kind of buildup on my SS wheels (this one is bronze). Any suggestions for keeping it cleaner besides the obvious sailing more? Im thnking of ziptying bags over the blades? Anyone ever try that? Any kind of antifouling paint for bronze??????
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Do you mean the prop? And if so what kinf of water are you in the that would build up like that?
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Try coating the prop with LanoCote... it is supposed to help prevent the props from fouling... it might not work, but it is worth a shot.
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Can that be done wet? SUCBA tank and a paint scraper are what I have to look forward to tomorrow....
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Wildcard...nothing works well or for very long. In high growth areas, if you aren't using your prop it builds up even quicker and a dive every couple of months is necessary...though I manage to do it with snorkle and wire brush, having a tank is better. You can put the lanocote on underwater to delay the process a bit but I would use the jar rather than the spray can! (G)

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If its barnacles ... spray on Pettit Zinc Coat Barnacle Barrier, and you wont have any more barnacles.

Another good trick is to remove the zincs from the prop/shaft.... but move the zinc to another location but keep it electrically bonded to the shaft/prop so it still protects the shaft/prop. Dont do this if you keep your boat in a marina.

If its slime, use bottom paint into which you mix 'oxytetracycline' an antibiotic that you can get from a veterinarian'. Just take the pills and crush them into a very fine powder ... then mix into the paint before applying.
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If its barnacles ... spray on Pettit Zinc Coat Barnacle Barrier, and you wont have any more barnacles.
Humm,
Not sure how well the spray will work underwater.

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Zinc paint on bronze? Hummm? Going to have to look into that first. Im not planing a haulout for a few more months so I guess I go swiming before sailinng untill then.
I'll go look for some lanocote. Thanks for the tips.
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Any suggestions for keeping it cleaner besides the obvious sailing more?
This is what your friendly neighborhood hull cleaner is for.

But since you seem like a DIY kind of guy, I've been hearing good things about PropSpeed. Like any other coating, you will need to pull the prop or haul the boat to apply it:



West Marine: PropSpeed Product Display
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