Coppercoat and Gentle Spirit
The 58ft Wavecrusher Gentle Spirit, belonging to Dave Cochrane of Auckland, was coated from new with Coppercoat antifouling paint by Wavecrusher Boats in 2001. She has not been antifouled since.
Gentle Spirit is Cochrane’s third Wavecrusher; all three have been coated with Coppercoat antifouling paint.
“We are very pleased with Coppercoat as a low maintenance antifouling,” Cochrane says. “We lift Gentle Spirit out of the water for a week in November each year at the Whitianga Marina. Every year all she requires on lift out is a high pressure water blast, before we check all hull fittings, propellers, shafts, rudders and bow thrusters and apply Prop Speed. Adding a regular anti-foul application to the job list would greatly increase maintenance costs for this fifty-eight-footer.”
While for Cochrane long-lasting antifouling protection has been