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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

I'm in the great lakes fortunately. But say, eventually I wanted to try America's Great Loop, and journey into the Gulf via Mississipi/Louisiana and around florida up the east coast and back into the lakes...anyone think I need antifouling for the saltwater half of the journey?
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I think much of this depends on how long you hang about in places.
Rolling stone gathers no moss kinda thing.
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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

Good point, I have heard growth doesn't settle nearly as badly on boats in constant motion. The extent will be something I just have to experience first hand.
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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

I saw a bottom like this in St. Maarten. It was so bad you could see the seaweed moving with the tide.
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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

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...anyone think I need antifouling for the saltwater half of the journey?
You will regret it if you don't and anybody who tells you otherwise has no idea what they are talking about.
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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

I don’t know where that constant motion idea comes from. Did any of you see the condition of the Golden Globe boats bottoms? And that was with antifouling.

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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

Wow, is there a hull in there somewhere? What were you supposed to "inspect"?

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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

Many years ago I towed a Catalina 22 without antifouling to Florida for a Gulf coastal cruise, and in a little over two weeks, I saw a few tiny barnacles just beginning to develop. It doesn't take long.
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Re: One Of The Worst Fouled Bottoms I've Ever Come Across

I keep a RIB dinghy out of the water when it is not in active use. If we are weekending, there is no significant attachment of biologicals. If we go out for a week, keeping the boat moving in coastal New England waters, we will see seed barnacles start to attach themselves, so it is easy to image that you would want to used anti fouling paint for a great circle cruise, where you will see much warmer water.
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Wow, is there a hull in there somewhere? What were you supposed to "inspect"?
Mostly just to check if there was any running gear left or significant damage that could be spotted.
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