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Get your boat backin the water

Hull and Topsides

Old antifouling can be really dificult to remove, but if it has built up in thickness then it is a job needing done. A variety of scrapers are available but care needs to be taken not to damage the gelcoat. Hard work will ensure a smooth surface for re-application.

Inspect the keel and keelboats for signs of rusting or pitting and wear at the keel to hull joint that may be more evident after winter layup. If anything looks suspect, ask the experts. If there’s a lot of pitting on the keel it may need taken back to bare metal and an epoxy protective coating applied.

Look at the rudder and any skeg fitments as well as the propeller. Check for any play in bearings, stock or quadrant. Make sure the bonding wires from the anode are sound and replace the anode if necessary. Grease shaft, steering cables and the log’s paddle wheel.

Choice of anti-fouling will depend on boat type, use and where it is kept – there is a wide range of products from powerboat finishes to racing and cruising coatings and upgrades to products.

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