Sorry for the delay, but I was traveling these last days.
It is true that it is very hard to find objective reviews
on Finsulate. And those I know who chose for it in the past, are not 100% happy with it. But I think that you have to split the problems in two groups:
I know about problems earlier with the adhesion. Therefore, I decided to keep primer and Finsulate together in one contract
, resisting the possibility to put the epoxy-primer myself. Avoiding this kind of problem.
Finsulate, or Renolite, certainly are not the magic solution (than everybody would go for it already), so for me it’s also a question of having correct expectations. Apparently (at least in the tropics) it still needs regular cleaning
, and it works better when under way. Like some alternative antifouling, staying lots of time in a marina seems not favorable.
And there are as many opinions on antifouling as there are brands.
That said, I am not considering myself an expert, but we take the change indeed. One owner reported me that every place they visited, seemed to have a different species attaching itself on their Finsulate hull
. But cleaning
them off appeared not very difficult. So I expect that I will have to dive from time to time under the boat
to clean it, still avoiding regular haul outs or putting new antifouling every year. And I will find consolation in the idea of not leaving toxics in the places we like to sail.
Good luck with your choice.