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Antifouling Paint Ensures the Only Living Thing on Your Boat Is You

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

What crustaceans lack in pickiness they certainly make up for in persistence, which makes them a tricky bedfellow for you and your boat. Whether your vessel is the pride of the fleet or a grotty little half sunk tub, crustaceans don't care, they'll stick to the hull and enjoy a free ride across the Atlantic, on the local lake or wherever it is you prefer to do your sailing.

So how exactly do you deter a tiny little creature which cares not where it calls home? That's where antifouling products come in. As with most of life's awkward problems, prevention is better than the cure, so rather than waiting for your friendly barnacles to settle in before trying to scrape them off with whatever object you have to hand - a task that you'll find to be nigh on impossible - simply coat the hull of your pride and joy in antifouling paint and you'll find that those sea creatures aren't so keen to cling on.

The build up of living organisms on the hull is much more than a superficial concern. If you let the problem get out of hand then they can cause real damage, and, as with almost everything to do boats, this can be extremely costly. By allowing the amount of crustaceans to build up you will damage your vessel's hydrodynamics as the added weight and shape of the barnacle build-up will create more drag as you travel through the water. This can have a detrimental impact on both the amount of fuel you use and the top speed of your boat. If you are the proud owner of the aforementioned grotty little tub, then performance is probably not something you are able to sacrifice.

A more worrying aspect of allowing crustaceans to find their feet (if they have any - they surely can't have little feet under those shells can they?) is the potential damage they can cause. It is possible for the problem to become so severe that the very integrity of your vessel is compromised; any damage to your hull and you're looking at a big old bill. Surely the time it takes to apply a coat of antifouling paint is well worth your while?

There are plenty of suppliers of marine chandlery up and down the country who will stock a range of antifouling paints and products which will help you to protect your boat from these freeloaders. And what's more, it's not an expensive product either, so you can save yourself from a potentially boat shattering bill for just a few quid.

If you're yet to coat your boat in antifouling paint then you should do so before it's too late. Marine Scene stock a range of antifouling products that are perfect for the job.

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