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Get your boat ready to launch

Hull and topsides

Removing all the old antifouling is a difficult and time-consuming task. However if it has built up over the years in thickness, then this is an important job since it reduces efficiency of boat movement in the water.

A variety of scrapers are available but care needs to be taken not to damage the hull, whether this is gel coat or wood or other. A smooth surface will pay dividends for re-application and help keep fouling at bay for the season.

This is a good time to 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 for the best course of action. Deep pitting on the keel may indicated anode problems and will need taken back to bare metal and an epoxy protective coating applied before anti-fouling.

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