Antifouling products

As a proud boat owner, you want your boat to perform at its best throughout the entire season. The way to achieve this is to prevent fouling on the hull. Hence, it is important to choose the correct antifouling quality according to your type of boat and usage. This can aid in reduction of the CO2-emisssions and thus, the environmental impact.

About antifouling

Why do we use antifouling?
The most common maintenance carried out with paints is the application of antifouling. This is necessary for perfect sailing as it is more difficult to keep the hull clean once fouling starts. Fouling will lead to loss of speed, increased fuel consumption, damage to the paint system, blocking of water pipelines, etc. 

The basic purposes of the antifouling are:

  • Prevent or reduce any animal or algae fouling
  • Secure minimal friction and thus, maximize speed and performance
  • Reduce fuel consumption by reducing friction
  • Avoid fouling penetrating the paint, and improve protection of the hull
By securing a clean hull throughout the season, the fuel consumption can be reduced and thus, minimizing CO2-emission.

Fouling growth depends on several factors: water quality, temperature, salinity and water depth in the harbour.There may be large differences in marinas located close to each other due to grey water spillage, pollution of the port by various contaminants, no regeneration of the water, any nearby rivers, rain fall, vegetation, etc. 

The number of species also has an influence. Antifouling products are intended to protect against up to 4,000 different types of fouling species living in the oceans. They can be classified as: 

  • Macro fouling: including animals and algae
  • Micro fouling: normally referred to as slime, which is a viscous mixture of bacteria and other microscopic organisms
As a consequence, it is very important to choose the correct antifouling for your boat. Take into consideration type of boat, and in what type of waters of waters the boat is used and moored.