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Jimbo
Dec-27-2006 @ 10:24 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all, just wondered how often our members have their pride and joy's lifted out and re antifouled??

Guess this is sort of a Poll but couldn't workout how to list one Question

Another question is how many of you have your boats lifted out for winter????

Many thanks in advance James

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Dec-27-2006 @ 10:28 PM                           Permalink
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hi jimbo ,
we have ours lifted out every 3/4 years and antifouled .
cheers

steve and vicky

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Dec-28-2006 @ 3:27 PM                           Permalink
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I always antifouled my last 2 boats ( a Freeman 22 and a Freeman 23) every 2nd year - but this was on the suggestion of my boatyard who had a vested interest as they got to do the job. I have also heard that you need to antifoul more often if you moor in a basin than you do if you moor in the main river. I don't know whether this is true or not and would like to know what other Forum members think.

On a related subject, I wonder whether, as fuel becomes more expensive, the increased drag caused by growth below the waterline will become more of a concern, resulting in a general increase in the frequency of antifouling - to the overall detriment of the environment.

Happy New Year

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Antifouling isn't very good for the Broads environment, so it should only be done if its needed. Do it if you think it needs it.
I do mine about once every 5 years or so, maybe go even longer sometimes.

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We have just had ours done in September so expect we will not anti-foul again until year after next or later still. We used the broads anti-foul paint of medium strength protection.

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We will do the same with our new boat as we did with Ampurias, our Freeman 23.

Lift it out and dry store every winter.  
Give the hull a damn good jet spray before its covered.
Every other year we give it a proper good coating of antifoul.
Every in-between year, we just give it a touch up, covering the bits that the jet spray took off.

I think its a good idea, you can keep an eye on your boat's hull and have a good look around it to check for problems etc.

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One could argue that it would depend on how good the job was done in the first place

Had the boat lifted after 3 years to have a job done
it looked in good order after inspection so why have it done again so soon

Finny

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Had the tar varnish repainted on our once in twelve years. Never saw it as the boatyard did it for us in our absence. The only time they take their hire fleet out of the water is when they need repairing or re-tarring. Had no problems during this time, and the boatyard said the hull was absolutely fine.

I can't see it, so I don't worry about it!!

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Leave it in the water and use it all year round!

I've been doing this for the last 21 years, and neither of my boats has ever come to any harm through this.  I just have it lifted when required, and usually have anti fouling done at the same time, (even if it's only the bit which can be seen).

Pete

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Like Pete, I use mine all the year round.
I find that the ice takes most lumps off during the winter cruising !!!

More on a serious note, I have anti fouled mine last year with the Blakes stuff .

Now what can be used??  

Anti foul - yes.  
Tar - ???
Copper type - ???
Nothing - ??? ( GR hull )

And what is the best? or longer lasting ?










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