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Here's an excellent YouTube video that goes into some benefits. Found it very educational.
How about micro machines that can continuously scrub the bottom eliminating the need for chemicals?!?!? Kind of like if you had 1000's of divers working 24X7 all powered by the electrolyte of the salt water. That would be awesome nano technology. But I guess we have to settle for a pin head diving our boats, no offense meant fastbottoms just trying to make a pun.I like the way everyone has jumped on the buzzword "nanotechnology".
Painting and coating ain't nanotechnology when you dump something in a bucket.
Nanotechnology would be using teeny tiny robots to apply the coating at the microscopic level, evenly applying it to the contours of the substrate.
When you are using machines that are bigger than a pinhead, ergh, bigger than the head of a pin? It ain't nanotech, its nano-nonsense.
Nanites that can carve microtextures into my hull and make it replicate sharkskin? Yes, that's nanotech. Casting a new hull, or sheets of a liner, in a huge mold that happens to be textured? Ain't.
I looked into this "miracle" coating a year ago. I believe the basic ingredients are xylene and acetone both chemicals are readily available. They are applied as two separate coatings. Not sure which is applied first. I've never tried to duplicate it though.
Both Xylene and Acetone evaporate rapidly and are solvents for disolving things. It was probably the thing(s) dissolved that was the real "miracle".I looked into this "miracle" coating a year ago. I believe the basic ingredients are xylene and acetone both chemicals are readily available. They are applied as two separate coatings. Not sure which is applied first. I've never tried to duplicate it though.
I had the same thought but was thinking about masking off an area on the dinghy or even on the hull and spraying it on. Then keeping an eye on it over the course of the season to see if there was a difference and how long it lasts.Has anyone tried this as an anti-fouling? Seems it might be worth it to test on a dingy that is kept in the water most of the year.