Cry­ing foul

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Neil Spooner By email Ben Meakins replies: We limited that test to com­pare erod­ing paints like-for-like – but we’re plan­ning another that will in­clude Cop­per, two-pack and hard an­tifoul­ings too!

Thank you to PBO for con­duct­ing your an­tifoul­ing test (‘The great UK an­tifoul­ing show­down’, PBO Jan­uary 2016): but I was just won­der­ing why you didn’t in­clude Cop­per­coat? I ap­plied Cop­per­coat to my Hunter 356 two years ago, and I’ve found that I might as well have ap­plied no an­tifoul­ing at all! I have to scrub foul­ing off every four weeks, and am still in con­sul­ta­tion with Cop­per­coat as to why it hasn’t worked.

They have agreed to lift and bur­nish the coat­ing at no cost to me, but since I have al­ready done this I do not expect any im­prove­ment: be­sides which, it is re­duc­ing the thickness and there­fore the long-term use­ful­ness of the coat­ing.

A neigh­bour on the moor­ings uses Sea­jet 033: he was on the scrub­bing posts next to me, and was scrub­bing off for the first time in four months… not weeks! His boat only had very slight foul­ing with light, thin weed on the bow area, con­trast­ing with our con­sid­er­able coat­ing of weed/bar­na­cles/seasquirts/ skeleton shrimp. We moor in Brightlingsea Creek.

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