Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Currently, Hout Bay, South Africa
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Re: Coppercoat Application, Screw Up or Did I Do Okay
We have been sitting in this very nutrient rich estuary water, in Richards Bay, S.Africa, for 6 weeks now. Part of the prep for departing in a few days for East London, then onto Cape Town, was to go into this muck water, with 4 inches of visibility, and give the hull a wipe with a large, flat, soft sponge. I worked more by feel. What little I could see and what I could feel, Coppercoat is appearing to be working as it should. There were 3 little barnacles on the hull, at the tight junction where the drive shaft enters the hull. Actually I was happy to see and feel those barnacles as it shows what could have happened if the Coppercoat was a fail on the rest of the hull. The wipe with the sponge took a fraction of the time it would have taken to clean traditional antifouling free of sediments. It appears we are off to a good start.
One reason I hate going into suck muck water, and polluted marina water, is the near certain sinus infection to result. Immediately after finishing the underwater work, I stand on the dock and wash down with dish soap and lots of water. Nearly drowning my sinuses with faucet water, has helped to reduce or prevent a sinus infection. Not this time though. I wonder what the pros do about such health issues after scrubbing a boat bottom in a marina. Fstbttms, do you have any suggestions?