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Anti fouling Idea

I got a new Highfield C310 alum. RIB in mid July and splashed it, had it in the water and just yesterday took it out to clean it. YUCK (I'll post pics when grand daughter let's me have my phone). I spent 3 hrs cleaning it... and as I was doing it a fellow who does all sorts of boat varnishing tossed me a comment.... those RIBS are nice but they shouldn't be left in the water... meaning davits or similar. Not possible for how I use our LaniDani... it gets us to our moored boat and stays tied to a town float when when not tied to our stern or ferrying us back and forth. We have no davits and tow it coastal.

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Get a cheap - $30 inflatable (Amazon) and place it under the Lani Dani and inflate it... hopefully lifting it out of the water and deflate it when when arrive to use it. This would reduce its in water time to only the weekends and our occasional longer cruises.

Would this work?

Is this idea crazy?

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Re: Anti fouling Idea

Sounds like a poor man's hydro lift.. longevity might be an issue, plus the 'hassle' of de-and-re-flating everytime (but would you need to? just slide the RIB on and off??)

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Re: Anti fouling Idea

I have to raise my dink on a halyard just out of the water every night or it's barnacle city in a few days here.
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Re: Anti fouling Idea

For me the issue is when I leave the dink from Sunday eve till perhaps Friday afternoon....at the town float. It's too heavy w/ the ON to pull it onto the dock and they wouldn't permit it to be left there. I thought that I could slide the cheapy inflatable underneath and pump it up and get the bottom of the dink out of the water.
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Re: Anti fouling Idea

Why not pick up one or two of those jet ski floats to park your inflatable on at the dock? They are drive on, drive off and you could probably pick them up cheap during the winter.
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Re: Anti fouling Idea

Nobody uses bottom paint anymore?
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Re: Anti fouling Idea

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Nobody uses bottom paint anymore?
Anti fouling is not very effective, expensive, builds up and is messy and time consuming. You still have to scrub the bottom regularly. It's toxic to the environment.

It's not effective and so other non toxic solutions need to be found.
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Re: Anti fouling Idea

Also be aware of rapid corrosion of the ali bottom if the RIB is left in water all the time.

I am in Grenada and there have been several instances of severe corrosion on ali ribs which are around 3 years old. It seems worst along the edge that is next to the hypalon tube. Dinks have been condemned as unsafe for further use.
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Also be aware of rapid corrosion of the ali bottom if the RIB is left in water all the time.

I am in Grenada and there have been several instances of severe corrosion on ali ribs which are around 3 years old. It seems worst along the edge that is next to the hypalon tube. Dinks have been condemned as unsafe for further use.
This is a problem when the paint does not adhere to the aluminum... and the fabric come free with the loose paint. You need to inspect and make remove corrosion and properly over coat again.

I've had several alum ribs and have had paint issues but not extensive or leading to any leaks or separation. Conceptually it IS a problem. For me hasn't happened.
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