Hints and Tips on Anti-Fouling
The purpose of anti-fouling is to slow the growth of organisms such as barnacles and weed on the hull of the boat – this is called fouling. These organisms attach themselves to the hull, and can severely impact the boat’s performance.
Today there are many products which can be used to coat the hull of your boat or yacht, which not only protect against fouling, but also can be used as a barrier against corrosion. Anti-fouling is also used to help improve the flow of water past the hull for high performance yacht racing.
Products such as Coppercoat use an epoxy resin which attaches copper to the hull of the boat, and this helps to prevent the growth or marine life for ten years or so.
It is vital to protect your boat or yacht through anti-fouling, because once it’s caught hold of the hull, it is notoriously difficult to remove. It is recommended that you apply a coat of anti-foul paint at least once a season, and your boat will need to be out of the water in order for you to have this done.
The type of paint you use will depend on the type of water your vessel is used to and the vessel itself. For example, fresh or sea, cool or tropical. It will also depend on the material of your hull, eg. fibreglass, wood or some other.
Remember, anti-fouling is one of the most important jobs a boat owner will carry out, and a good antifouling paint will help prevent against serious problems in the future.