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Old 02-14-2017, 10:54 AM   #1
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Do you need antifouling paint on the bottom? Its never in the water more than a day of two at a time! Thanks
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #2
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No, just clean it off when you pull it out f the water.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:11 AM   #3
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Even a couple of weeks only needs a wipe with a sponge and no permanent growth. 4 weeks is definitely too much time, as the cleanup is much more challenging.

I did apply anti-fouling to the immersed glass parts of my dinghy but not to the hypalon parts. So far, that paint has lasted 3 summers and when I redo it it will be due to grinding it off on beaching not because the anti-fouling properties have stopped working. So far, I haven't seen any need to apply it to the hypalon parts.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:20 AM   #4
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I was just thinking the fiberglass part. I would like to just leave the normal paint no antifouling. I think it looks better, but I wanted to make sure it would clean up ok! Thanks
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:26 PM   #5
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In some areas, 4 days is enough for the hard critters to take hold over all of the fiberglass and even the tubes. since that experience, I never leave mine in the water more than two days without at least pulling it out overnight.
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sort of depends where you cruise...but there are also waxes that act like antifouling in the sense that growth has a harder time attaching and come off when running fast or wipe off easier.
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I made the mistake once of leaving my RIB in the water at my slip for a few weeks. I ended up with a lot of barnacles on the bottom which were a pain to get off. After that I always pull the RIB out of the water when it isn't being used. While we are cruising, I don't bother as it gets moved daily.
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I would certainly try it without bottom paint. If you decide you do need bottom paint, be sure you use one that doesn't have a limited life out of the water. Interlux Micron Extra might be a good choice.
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