View Poll Results: Can a badly fouled boat affect other boats nearby?

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  • Not at all.

    4 57.14%
  • Yes, the critters are more likely to attack also other surfaces nearby.

    2 28.57%
  • The opposite: being a fouling magnet, allows neighbour boats to stay cleaner.

    1 14.29%
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  1. #1
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    Default Is fouling contagious?

    A neighbour boat made me thinking...

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    It could well be.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    I think you’re right! It’s definitely one of those three
    Neither a Leaver or Remainer be

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Absolutely, especially barnacles. Who hasn't on lift out found them in clumps rather than a random dispersion across the hull? Once one settles it seems to start it's own little breeding colony. We have two large boats on our floating pontoon that never move and seldom come out. I seem to have had more than my fair share of barnacles as a result. I'm a believer!

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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    I think it unlikely. I don’t think the critters that foul have much intelligence. It depends what is in the water, , temperature and sunlight.

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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Quote Originally Posted by rafiki_ View Post
    I think it unlikely. I don’t think the critters that foul have much intelligence. It depends what is in the water, , temperature and sunlight.
    What you find is Darwinism at its best . The successful ones will secret something in the water that attracts the loose floating juveniles .
    So if one or more find a survivable habit ---- others latch on .

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Quote Originally Posted by Portofino View Post
    What you find is Darwinism at its best . The successful ones will secret something in the water that attracts the loose floating juveniles .
    So if one or more find a survivable habit ---- others latch on .
    Really?

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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Quote Originally Posted by rafiki_ View Post
    Really?
    One does have to wonder why they form in clumps rather than randomly spread out.

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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceK View Post
    One does have to wonder why they form in clumps rather than randomly spread out.
    A bit like genital warts then.

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    Default Re: Is fouling contagious?

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceK View Post
    One does have to wonder why they form in clumps rather than randomly spread out.
    I would assume the local conditions being suitable for growth. They love my sterngear, bot not keen on the Coppercoat. This would indicate local conditions to me.

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