Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prop Treatment

On boats, and sailboats in particular, the bottom is coated with either an ablative (slowly shucks off with the marine grown attachment) or a hard (discourages marine growth attachment) paint. At the moment Reboot's bottom is painted with Trinidad PRO. This is a high copper load hard bottom paint. (They used to put tin in the paint, it worked much better but it has been banned in the US. It is the anti-fouling chemical of choice in every other country in the world because it works!

The problem with this is that the propeller shaft and propeller get gooked up with growth. I decided to try an anit-fouling paint specifically designed for propeller shafts. It is a three coat processes. Above you see the first coat going on the shaft. I will see how it works out.

Fair winds and following seas :)


It has been raining most of the last three days. Everything is slippery. It is well known among cruisers that falling down the companionway ...