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Old 25-04-2015, 14:59   #1
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Hi Forum users, like all long term owners, I am always looking for ways to reduce my costs. Barnacle rid advertise the use of copper electrode to rid the boat of the pesky hard shell critters with the application of power. Not interested in the knockers of time wasters please, just any one who has experience with this product .
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Old 25-04-2015, 15:18   #2
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Re: barnacle rid in Australia

In the US market, or on the larger web forums, there appear to have been *zero* users with long-term or replicable results using any miracle products to get rid of barnacles. Despite the occasional inventors who claim to have done so.


I'm not knocking the concept, just saying if any one of them is working, they're sure doing a good job of hiding the results from the boating press and public.
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Old 25-04-2015, 15:25   #3
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I have found positive comments from users of the ultrasonic systems available, but this is not suitable for composite hulls, only solid construction.
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Old 25-04-2015, 15:41   #4
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I race regularly, and barnacles are not the problem.

Its the fine green weed that grows at an alarming rate in the tropics (20 mm in 14 days) that kills boat speed and is not controlled by these electronic systems, that is the problem.

Barnacle Rid is not the solution.
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Old 27-04-2015, 17:03   #5
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Hi, have you checked into Copper Coat for the bottom.
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Old 27-04-2015, 17:18   #6
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Re: barnacle rid in Australia

The Barnacle Rid web site claims no more anti fouling and no more in-water hull cleaning.

Yeah, right.

http://www.barnaclerid.com.au/
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The Barnacle Rid web site claims no more anti fouling and no more in-water hull cleaning.


Yeah, right.

Barnacle Rid

Looks to me like your own built in electrolysis/stray current problem !
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Old 28-04-2015, 18:57   #8
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Hi, here is the website for the bottom coating I was taking about. Coppercoat Anti-Fouling Epoxy: much more than a marine bottom paint. Coppercoat is a multi-year bottom treatment for your boat or yacht. Save time, money, and haul-outs with Coppercoat.
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Old 30-04-2015, 02:00   #9
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I built the hulls upside down and before turning over, a very thick coat of epoxy resin and copper powder was applied and then peel plyed to remove the excess resin. The result is a 1.5 -2 mm layer of almost pure copper remaining. This has been effective for over five years, but still requires scrubbing 4 time a year. I am hoping the barnacle rid will stretch this out a bit further.
This worked out more cost effective than the commercial brands.
As for electrolysis, I have 3 skin bronze fittings and nothing else in the water. Motors are electric and mostly composite plastics, so no problems there.
if you anchor beside me and have stray current problems, your problem, not mine.
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I race regularly, and barnacles are not the problem.

Its the fine green weed that grows at an alarming rate in the tropics (20 mm in 14 days) that kills boat speed and is not controlled by these electronic systems, that is the problem.

Barnacle Rid is not the solution.
barnacles are easy to scrape off, the weed is really difficult to remove.

My strategy now with a perfectly clean bottom is to wipe it every 3 days to prevent anything from establishing itself.
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barnacles are easy to scrape off, the weed is really difficult to remove.

My strategy now with a perfectly clean bottom is to wipe it every 3 days to prevent anything from establishing itself.
Easier said than done . I have to dry the boat out on a beach before race day to do the wiping . Swimming and wiping is out of the question as I'm s### scared of getting eaten by a croc.
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Old 30-04-2015, 05:39   #12
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I've got a St. Francis 50 right in front of me on the tee head. I'll ask him how its working when I see him. His cat does look pretty clean from what I can see...
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Thanks Sid, I will look forward to hearing results.
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Ok, talked to him today and asked him if he thought the system was working. He's just as curious as I am. Turns out he had a diver come in yesterday to retrieve an eisenglas panel that went overboard. He had the diver check the bottom and the diver reported that he found two barnacles on one of the saildrive props but could find no hard growth anywhere else. He did say there was a light coating of soft growth that brushed right off.

The system was installed a year ago this month and the boat has been on the Cheasapeake Bay the whole time. So, there you go. It seems the system is working on his boat..
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Re: barnacle rid in Australia

The power consumption would be a concern. Seems to be between .5 and 1.2 amps, depending on climate setting. I guess double that for a cat.


No problem, on a marina.


Looking through the site, the boats reporting success with the system seem to be antifouled as well????
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