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Old 08-26-2010
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Anyone tried this stuff?

After being cynics for a while we are now trying it after getting sick of hearing everyone in the marina recommending the stuff.

My cynicism has been largely due to the fact that it is not cheap at all....

Oh well, our poor old 8hp Yanmar with its tiny little prop struggles at the best of times these days.......really only there to get you to the start line, we have flogged the thing to death cruising up and down the coast. I figure if I can keep the prop clean it is going to help the cause.
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we have been using Propspeed for 6 years. So long as it is properly appled it works very well. Preperation is key however. On your yacht with your relatively smaller running gear it should not be too costly but it is not inexpensive.

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In New Zealand only the supplier will apply it, that is, you can't buy the product and apply it yourself. And I understand they have a decent guarantee on it.

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Chall, I think you'll find it'll pay for itself when it comes to getting the boat antifouled next time (cleaning crud off the prop is not fun!) - not to mention potential fuel savings (less drag) in the meantime and making your zinc last longer also.

In my books, anything that reduces fouling on the prop has to be a good thing..
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I used a product called Seajet Peller Clean which is less than half the cost of Propspeed. It has been 18 months since application and is just now starting to wear off. When I haul my boat for bottom paint I intend to use it again.
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Haven't used prop speed, we use a spray anti foul that is sold for outdrives and outboards (WM and most other marine suppliers sell it, don't remember the name but it's very common). Two months ago I cleaned the bottom of the boat and expected the prop to have a lot of growth on it (two years in the water) but it only had two or three small barnacles, other than that it was clean. By comparison, I swam over to my brothers boat and the prop was completely fouled with hard growth to the point where the blades wouldn't turn on the Autoprop(I think it had been three years since haulout).

I clean the prop thoroughly and scuff with a pad and then use zinc chromate spray primer and then two coats of the antifoul spray. About $20 for a can. I've used it on our powerboat prop for years, this was the first time I'd applied it to the sailboat. We are in the PNW, cold water.
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