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Old 09-03-2019, 04:55   #1
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Interesting bottom protection

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So as previously i have been asking questions about living aboard a boat on this forum and so i started visiting some of the local marinas near the hospital i currently work at and while visiting i talked to a few locals in the Marina and something caught my attention. There was a company putting some sort of wrapping on the bottom of a sailboat, i asked one of the guys near me what they were doing and he said they were applying bottom protection to the boat. After talking a little more apparently a few have been used it in the area and had good results. They said that basically, you put a normal bottom job on the boat, then with a fresh surface they wrap it with the wrap and it seems to last for multiple years as long as the surface is not damaged.

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Looks like they wrap well above the waterline. Curious!
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Itís called micanti film or luxwrap
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So, how does it work? Is it anti fouling itself, a release coating or what?

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So, how does it work? Is it anti fouling itself, a release coating or what?

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My limited knowledge of is as a release coating
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Good even coat and one assumes peel off rather than the nasty paint removal chemicals needed for hard antifoul buildup, plus peeling off any bio build up, sounds good to me.
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Re: Interesting bottom protection

The ones I looked at didn't have good resistance to damage, which is probably fine for most. It is extremely expensive but does come with good results.

The silicon spray on coatings have all the same issues except one that I could find. It's called Seaspeed v10x it is silicon based with a very smooth finish (<10 microns) but it is hard. It will withstand more than gentle bumps and is ok to dry out on the beach a few times a year.
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