Best Practice Antifoul

Antifouling Best Practice Advice for Clubs and Training Centres

  • Consider choosing or providing a closed loop wash down facility which collects and filters residues
  • Prevent anti-fouling from unnecessarily entering the water. Skirt the hull and use a tarpaulin to catch scrapings and drips. Don’t leave a coloured patch under your boat
  • Dust from sanding paint and antifouling coatings is toxic. Using a dustless vacuum sander will also protect your health
  • If using scrubbing piles, only scrub off the fouling and not residue paint – be careful not to let old or new paint enter the water
  • Consider providing a ‘scrub-off’ facility which collects residues and wash down
  • Select the right type of antifouling for your area and boat usage – take advice from your chandlery. Use water-based paints where possible, or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Look into alternative bottom paints, such as vinyl, silicone or Teflon, which are suitable for in-water hull cleaning systems
  • Read the instructions. Apply the right amount of antifouling stated and do not spill it – when applying use a sheet to collect drips
  • Dispose of all painting materials such as tins, brushes, rollers and paint trays as hazardous waste    

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