WHAT IS ANTIFOULING?
Regular maintenance of your boat is far more cost-effective than a
cure. For this reason, maintaining your boat’s antifouling or
‘bottom paint’ is imperative, particularly where your boat is
permanently moored in the water. Antifoul is a specialised paint
that protects the hull of your boat from fouling organisms. Without
it, your boat will experience increased drag through the water, and
your fuel consumption will skyrocket as time goes by (in extreme
to 50% less efficient).
What type of antifouling do I use?
right product differs for various hull materials. For example,
antifouls that go on aluminium hulls contain minimal amounts of
copper, replacing it with biocides instead, as copper and aluminium
can react and cause electrolysis in your boat. Peter our Antifoul
specialist will advise you of the right product for your boat.
How often should I need to antifoul my boat?
As a general rule,
we highly recommend you tend to your antifoul at least once every 12
consideration is if your boat is moored in a heavy water flow like
tides and currents, it may require antifouling more frequently then
moored in still water. With the shallower water on the Gold Coast,
we are little more prone to wearing out the protective coating on
the running gear. Even in a couple of metres of water, the props
are pushing sand without us even realising. For this type of
maintenance, it’s necessary to take the boat out of the water, so
you can see exactly what’s going on underneath. Take the opportunity
of having your boat out of the water to check your anodes. Be aware
that they are sacrificial items that need to be monitored.
Note: Knowing the service history
of your boat is a huge advantage in taking care of it. Log all of
your maintenance and the condition it was in before tending to it.
Over time, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how often your
boat requires care.
Our Antifoul Procedures consist of the following:
Scrape the hull and running gears of barnacles and other underwater
Grind and/or sand all running gears, eg. shafts, props, rudders,
trim tabs etc
Remove thrusters, anodes and any scoops that need cleaning out
and scrub the hull with sand paper and heavy scotch brite pads
Prime all metal surfaces with a 2 pac epoxy etch primer and any hull
bits with a single pac primer
up and spray on the antifoul using an airless spray gun
Phone 0488 555 443 or the Office on (07) 5519 4674.