Originally Posted by Seaworthy Lass
Unfortunately "Hydrophobic" and "Self cleaning" do not imply any antifouling properties.
If a technique like this did work imagine how paranoid you would be with anything contacting the hull
and damaging the finish
The article specifically mentioned anti-fouling.
That true regarding the paranoia! You would be paranoid.
At the very least it could be used on things like rigging
pins, split rings, electrical
nick-nacks... or imagine never having to clean your stainless.
In any case, I'm an ever eternal optimist when it comes to someone figuring out how to scale new technologies up. If there is money
to be made someone will figure it out. For example, they could use the same technique as us used in CD manufacturing, where the laser burns an image into a photo
resist and then a chemical is used to etch the surface.