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Keeping Barnicles Off Fiberglass 16ft Outboard

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01-11-01, 01:22 PM   #1  
I live on Long Island Sound and can operate a boat from May to September. Are barnicles a fact of life, or is there a way to keep them off the bottom indefinitely?



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01-12-01, 08:18 PM   #2  
No you dont have to put up with the stowaways.
There are bottom paints and coatings available
that will either deter them from attaching (poisonous)
or prevent them from attaching (non poisonous).
The first kind is regulated in its sale and use.
You should check with the harbormaster or boatyard
to see what toxicity is legal in your area.
The latter is just a way of making it too slick to stick.
Both applications are relativly expensive and would require
a modification to the bottom of the vessel.
You could just dive under the boat every week with a scotch
brite pad and scrub them off. There are divers that do this for a living. You may find one.

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01-16-01, 08:42 AM   #3  
Wax on Wax off. Good anti-fouling wax is what we used in the CG. You have to apply it about every 3 weeks in the boating season.

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