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This is a major concern of mine and having just returned from the Annapolis Boat Show, I found a product called PropSpeed. It's a two part system that's applied to the prop or any metal surface specifically designed to prevent marine growth. Website is www.propspeedusa.com and was wondering if anyone has had experience with this? Also, short of taking diving lessons to keep the prop and shaft clean, what other coatings, (if any), are available? Thanks.......
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The marketing sounds great. Let us know how it works after a full season. I understand it is not inexpensive and would rather learn from you before I end up buying "magic dust". Partucularly interested in relative efficacy compared with good old bottom paint.
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That's why I posted.....I don't want to jump off the cliff alone!
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I was planning on taking diving lessons as soon as I get down to the caribbean, look me up.

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Prop Speed has not been on the market here long enough for me to gain any real long-term experience with it, but the few clients I have that use it are getting excellent results.
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This stuff works well and cost about $16 for a spray can that will handle 4-5 seasons:
http://www.pyiinc.com/index.php?sect...u=mppaint&sn=2
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Dive!

This has nothing to do at all with the product you are asking about. But I digress. It would be to your benefit to learn how to dive for many reasons. I am a commercial diver by trade so it is second nature to me. But if you are comfortable in the marine environment you really should learn to dive. Once you get used to it cleaning your hull as well as the random inspection is simple. If you race there is no one better than yourself to ensure that extra half knot of hull speed on race day. In an emergency you can dive to plug a through hull, unfoul a prop or whatever. Just my opinion for what it's worth.

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How Much is it?

Just wondering, I saw a 2part prop coating, I am not sure if it was PROP SPEED, It was $295 a pint.

I tried to find a couple of people to split it with, but nobody wants to spend that much.

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Sounds about right for the price...However, web site says that you can purchase it from West Marine!!
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