Having a boat is one of life’s little rewards for your hard work and effort. Boating is a relaxing and enjoyable pastime and there’s nothing quite like launching off, the smell of the salt water and the breeze in your hair to make you truly appreciate your weekends. But if there’s one thing about owning a boat that isn’t so pleasant, it’s the upkeep. Especially when it comes to the fouling of the boat. For those of us out there who are not quite sure what fouling actually is, there are two types. Macrofouling and Microfouling.
Microfouling is made up of tiny, microscopic organisms like slime, bacteria and small algal life forms. Macrofouling are things like barnacles, muscles and seaweed. The most common form of fouling on recreational boats is microfouling. However, if you do dock your boat in the water for long periods of time, macrofouling is a problem and will build up. Thankfully there is a way to stop the fouling. With, you guessed it, anti-fouling.
Way back in the day, ships used to use whale grease or tar to anti-foul the boat. Luckily for you, there’s no longer the need to go pitch some tar onto your boat these days. Anti-fouling paints and semi-permanent treatments rely on a variety of biocides to deter and sometimes, if it’s needed, kill organic matter that will exist on the side of the boat. A polished gel-coat is the best form of anti-fouling for those who like to slice through the water at a speedy rate, giving your boat less drag than that of the standard copper oxide-based anti-fouling. It’s also the most environmentally friendly option available. We would recommend anti-fouling every 12-18 months to ensure that your boat is kept nice and clean from the fouling from those pesky microorganisms.
To in order to enjoy the pleasures that are provided by having a boat, remember to have her upkeep at the forefront of your mind. You’ll thank yourself for it later, or you might find yourself scrubbing algae off the side of your boat and wondering where the hell the whale grease is.
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