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Old 19-07-2011, 17:28   #31
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We better be careful about whats environementally friendly or not. Bleach is fine. If you need to pop a search into Google.

One wouldnt think its ok but it is.
Bleach breaks down into salt water very quickly. It is actually not bad stuff.
Just ask anyone who has a swimming pool!
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Old 19-07-2011, 17:45   #32
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I see a new 12VDC tool called a Waveblade. Made by some Scottish guy. It looks like several different blades that resemble a putty knife. It's suppose to be able to go 5-6 ft underwater. I'm wondering if anyone has used it or seen one being used?

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"Practical Sailor" recently did a short test on a Waveblade and said it wasn't a heckuva lot more effective than a scraper so save your $$$.
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Re: Bloody Barnacles . . .

Bleach kills until all the chlorine ions are done attaching themselves to whatever it is it kills or maims. Mostly phyto and zooplankton, copepods etc gets killed, which is the food source for critters next up the food chain. Shame on anyone who does this near coral.

Just get a scraper and go for it or pay a diver. A haul out with some fresh bottom paint helps as well.
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Re: Bloody Barnacles . . .

thankyou davidm!!!!!!
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Bleach kills until all the chlorine ions are done attaching themselves to whatever it is it kills or maims. Mostly phyto and zooplankton, copepods etc gets killed, which is the food source for critters next up the food chain. Shame on anyone who does this near coral.

Just get a scraper and go for it or pay a diver. A haul out with some fresh bottom paint helps as well.
Agree anyone who does this near coral should be shot! But a small amount in a spray bottle on shore is a million times better than fresh bottom paint ecologically speaking !
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Re: Bloody Barnacles . . .

if the entire world's population used a little spray bleach on the beach, mebbe we wont have enough whale foods to keep the w hales alive. mebbe one should think of that and then use a scraper. the barnacles are actually foods for other sealife. they taste a lot better without bleach , i would imagine.
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if the entire world's population used a little spray bleach on the beach, mebbe we wont have enough whale foods to keep the w hales alive. mebbe one should think of that and then use a scraper. the barnacles are actually foods for other sealife. they taste a lot better without bleach , i would imagine.

Have you any proof? Fishes seem to eat things I would not!!
I've read papers where electric currents have stopped the growth but still to see a realistic priced product out there.

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if the entire world's population used a little spray bleach on the beach, mebbe we wont have enough whale foods to keep the w hales alive. mebbe one should think of that and then use a scraper. the barnacles are actually foods for other sealife. they taste a lot better without bleach , i would imagine.
Not gonna argue with that! A few hours in the sun and a scraper is best.

Just saying bottom paint copper lasts and is toxic in the silt of our bays and beaches forever. Bleach turns to salt water pretty quick. Sorry to bring chemistry into a sailing discussion!
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Re: Bloody Barnacles . . .

Best tool I found was a five in one paint scraper:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: JUST SCRAPPING BY

Also came in very handy when I removed the boats hand rails for rebedding.
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Re: Bloody Barnacles . . .

i use a plain thick black plastic scraper. works great. cheeep in home depot.
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