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Your yacht goes through a considerable amount of wear and tear every time you take it for a spin. No matter how pretty and clean it looks, it requires regular and diligent maintenance. Most people look at the surface maintenance, but somehow forget the area under the waterline. After all, it’s usually out of sight and in most cases, out of mind too.
Unfortunately, the areas under the waterline are often exposed to marine growth and other such problems. They can compromise the metal parts in this portion and affect the performance of your boat. That’s why, it’s absolutely essential for you to add a protective coat over the metal parts. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we use Propspeed to ensure that the metal parts under your boat are well-coated and protected.
What is Prop Speed?
Propspeed is a protection system that prevents marine growth from attaching itself to the metal parts that are usually submerged in water. The running gear that includes propellers, shafts, struts, sail drives, etc is very vulnerable to fouling. As these parts are constantly exposed to moisture and marine growth, you need to make sure that they’re properly coated.
Propspeed has been one of the best foul release coatings available in the market for over 10 years now. Captains and boat owners alike trust its effectiveness. So, if you want to extend your boat’s lifespan, you need to make sure that the coating is applied properly to all metal parts under the water line.
Why is the Coating Important?
For a moment, consider the iron gates or railings in your home. Even though they’re exposed to water and moisture for only a limited period of time, you take care to put an anti-rust coating on them and paint them once every few years. The metal parts under the water line of your boat are exposed to salty and hard sea water.
They’re exposed to marine growth that can stick to the metal and start damaging it. Naturally, this metal needs to be protected; Propspeed offers that essential protection. When you apply Propspeed, you keep the metal parts working well. If you don’t do this, you’ll face problems like:
- Increased fuel consumption
- Excess noise and vibration
- Loss of speed
- Loss of optimal performance
As you can see, if there’s no protective coating applied, it’s very likely that your boat wouldn’t function well. That would take all the pleasure away from boating.
Why Apply a Coat Every Year?
The coating has a limited lifespan. Eventually, the sea water and marine growth would wear it down and make it less effective. If you don’t reapply the coat, and try to delay this essential maintenance, the metal parts will start getting damaged. It can be very difficult and expensive to fix that damage. It’s why Propspeed application is a must every year.
This maintenance would ensure the metal parts are adequately protected at all times. While the application of this coating isn’t that difficult, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to handle it. They would make sure that the metal parts are coated thoroughly. If the application isn’t detailed, the marine growth can latch onto the exposed metal and cause problems.
The process of application is very simple. The step-by-step application is explained on the Propspeed website. The Propspeed kit contains an etching primer, etching primer hardener and a clear coat. You can also purchase a metal cleaning and conditioning system to prepare the metal parts for the coating.
This system consists of Propprep and Propclean. This process of application needs to be followed to the letter to ensure maximum effectiveness. You won’t need any specialized equipment to apply this coating aside from the items required to sand and clean the metal parts and to mix and apply the coat.
If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our yacht services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.