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Antifouling

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  • Antifouling, Boat Inspections
  • Posted date:
  • 23-11-2015
Antifouling

Antifouling

In the age of sailing around the world the vessels suffered badly from barnacles and weeds on the hull. This was known as fouling. Thin sheets of copper or Munz metal were nailed onto the hull in an attempt to try and prevent the problem but to no avail.

This marine growth affected the performance of the boats of the time in many ways and so something needed to be done.

In the modern day we use anti-fouling paint or bottom paint. This is a specialised coating that goes on the hull of a ship or a boat. It slows the growth of barnacles and weeds and stops the effects they have on the performance and durability of the boats.

Anti-fouling coatings can have additional functions other than just anti-fouling. It can act as a barrier against corrosion on metal hulls or improve the flow of water over the hull.

Boat Inspections on the River Thames and Surrey

Anti-fouling paints of the modern day are formulated with copper or biocides. There are many different types that offer more than just anti-fouling and many that are required to be professionally applied.

Depending on what else you would like the coating to do there are many options. Researching each option will provide you with a clear idea of what each one does. Then you can make an informed decision as to which one to go for. The coating won't last forever and so when researching it is crucial to look at how long each will last and when you need to dry dock and reapply.