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Boating Tips: Strip Search

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When your boat came off the showroom floor, she was sleek, fast, shiny and clean. Her curvaceous lines moved unfalteringly down her lithe, sparkling body, all the way from the tip of her upturned nose to her shapely rear end. She was a thing of beauty that glided effortlessly over glass-like waters and she could easily turn heads at 150 paces. Then, the years took their toll.

The layers of antifouling paint built up, the dings appeared, the gelcoat showed its damage and your cherished sultry sea goddess started to look more like mutton dressed up as lamb! At this crucial point in your relationship, it is time to give your beloved a bottom makeover to get her back to peak performance and resplendent readiness.

Leisure Boating peels away the old flaking layers and adds a colourful lick of paint where it’s sorely needed … down under.


If the antifouling paint is adhering to the hull properly and it is not flaking, then it is not necessary to do a hull scrape and clean.

That’s if we understand that anti-fouling paint has a certain shelf life and will not stop marine organisms from attaching themselves to the hull indefinitely. When a buildup of these marine organisms occurs, it might be time to strip and apply new anti-fouling paint.


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