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Old 11-05-2012, 19:19   #16
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Re: Anti-fouling for prop and shaft

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I would never use regular Cu based bottom paint on a Sail Drive even after epoxy...
Our issue was that the special aluminum bottom paint is terrible - lasts maybe 6-9 months when our regular paint often lasts 3 years. That's why we tried the epoxy approach. We're watching our zincs closely but haven't seen a problem yet, & it's been over a year.
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Our issue was that the special aluminum bottom paint is terrible - lasts maybe 6-9 months when our regular paint often lasts 3 years. That's why we tried the epoxy approach. We're watching our zincs closely but haven't seen a problem yet, & it's been over a year.
I agree with the concern of using copper based antifouling paint over aluminium. A barrier of 5 coats of epoxy is recommended when useing non copper based antifouling.
Most aluminium boat owners do not feel copper based antifouling is safe no matter how good the barrier is. A saildrive is will develop problems much quicker and more severely than an aluminium hull will.
Non copper based antifoulings are a bit less good, but are improving rapidly. Trilux 33 is much better than Trilux and gives us 2 years in the the warm waters of the Mederteranian.
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Re: Anti-fouling for prop and shaft

Lanacote works, but you need to be out of the water to do it properly
Clean the prop absolutely..then heat it with a hit air gun..then oaint heated Lanactoe on...should do 6 mths in temperate waters.
In warm waters it doesn't last
Propspeed lasts well in temperate waters, but since leaving my boat in Fiji where the water is 29-31 degC...oysters grow on it if its not moving
If the prop turns every day or so it seems to last 12 mths
cold galvanising I haven't used...but is zinc a biocide ???...its organic growth thats the issue...
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cold galvanising I haven't used...but is zinc a biocide ???...its organic growth thats the issue...
Petit markets it as a 'barnacle barrier'. But they don't specifically say it prevents growth.

"Properly applied, Pettit Zinc Coat Barnacle Barrier yields a smooth, hard surface that self-cleans under way".

It's the same 93% zinc as the rustoleum stuff.
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The zinc sprays do absolutely nothing to growth in Long Island Sound. The NY sealife laughs at it. I use Petit Prop Kote on the blades, and Petit Vivid on the hub and shaft. Better results but still needs to be manually cleaned monthly at minimum.
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Re: Anti-fouling for Prop and Shaft

I have never tried zinc sprays. If the zinc coating is eroding I think it would have some effect. Zinc anodes suffer less growth than unprotected surfaces.

I live on the boat at anchor and occasionally, over winter, will anchor in the same spot for weeks at a time. When doing this patrs of the galvanised chain picks up quite a bit of marine growth (where it's not abraded by the bottom). This suggests that the effect of zinc sprays on retarding growth would be small

BTW to solution is to charge the chain length every week or so.
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BTW to solution is to charge the chain length every week or so.
what do you mean by "charge"?
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Re: Anti-fouling for Prop and Shaft

Zinc spray was worthless on our props. Zinc spray will be no problem on a saildrive - only paints containing copper.

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what do you mean by "charge"?
Sorry I meant "change" the iPad sometimes changes words keyed in incorrectly.
If you let out some chain so the area of growth rubs on the bottom for a while the growth is abraded off.
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