The place we beach is only about 50 metres from our mooring so makes sense to use it more often.
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Thread: Beached our boat yesterday
24-03-12, 21:49 #11Brian. Quidi Vidi, Invader 22ft, Bilge keel, built 1980 sail No 538, 6HP Petter diesel
25-03-12, 02:05 #12Registered User
Location : West Australia
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Fouling on boats
The fouling really slows a boat down. I could never let mine get to actual noticeable growth.
My A/F is now 4.5 months old. Partly gone from scrubbing and pretty much useless. (I don't put much on)
I always scrub on the mooring by diving/swimming. I am going now to have another go at it. It is 4 days since I scrubbed and we have a race this afternoon. Is that obsessive? Yes but it does matter if she is to beat the big kids in expected light winds today. End of season in about 4 weeks then home.
My SWMBO usually helps the scrub though a lot older than your scrubber. good luck olewill
25-03-12, 02:14 #13
25-03-12, 08:55 #14
Totally agree with you Dylan - have decided to avoid anti-foul on my Hawk 20 too. Regular scrub off does the trick, saves £££ and better for the ecology .... :-)
25-03-12, 08:58 #15
In the Caribbean i foind that once the anti fouling was gone in places, needed to dive on it every three days to stop new growth. At 5 days you could feel the wee new barnacles and had to put more effort into it....
But, nice water temp and clear so that with rowing ashore kept one fit* Please add your own smiley cos the 'choices' seem a bit wubbish
25-03-12, 09:03 #16
25-03-12, 12:14 #17
become a sllug srubber
becoming a scrubber means that you get involved in a bit of effort
nothing wrong with that I reckon
most of us could do with the excercise and lieing in the detritus under a bilge keeler having anti-foul dribble onto your face is no fun
what have you got to gain
a bit of fitness
money saved on anti-foul
that warm feeling you get from being on the side of the whelks
I would much rather spend half an hour aground slug scrubbing on a lovely hard or up a creek than I would rolling around in the gravel in a boat yard while the bloke next door with the steel ketch is grizzly disking his rust patches
25-03-12, 12:57 #18
You've convinced us Dylan, to be honest we'd already pretty much made our minds up to do that this year anyway. We've never put the boat into into a yard yet or employed anyone to fix anything, we do everything ourselves and stay afloat all year round. We make do and mend as much as we can and don't mind getting our hands dirty. We've learnt an awful lot about the boat in the past 4 years that we've owned her and learnt an awful lot about ourselves too, its certainly strengthened our relationship. It also proves that you don't have to be well off to own a boat or enjoy sailing, it breaks my heart when i look at all the boats around me that haven't moved in years and are in hell off a state. The modern AWB next to me for instance has a boom cover/stack pack and canopy that are probably worth as much as my boat, they are covered in seagull sh*t and mould as is the whole boat. No one has been anywhere near it for years but its probably worth a 1/3 of the value of my house.
Anyway, rant over. Out of interest how often do you need to scrub off?
Last edited by Bower15; 25-03-12 at 12:59. Reason: SpellingBrian. Quidi Vidi, Invader 22ft, Bilge keel, built 1980 sail No 538, 6HP Petter diesel
25-03-12, 16:45 #19
At the risk of turning this into a "best antifoul" thread, I have used Jotun SeaQueen and Seaguardian for about five years now in Haslar so the same waters. Lasts 2 years with a wash off at the end of the first year. You get a line of kelp at the waterline but nothing except a thin coat of slime on the rest of the hull. I know the seaquirts are there in Haslar because I found one up the engine water intake!!
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25-03-12, 17:09 #20