The Northland Regional Council will again be enforcing their ‘no marine pests’ rule this season, with random checks on the cleanliness of boat hulls throughout the region. The Council suggests that a clean by divers, or a lift and wash will be sufficient for most boats – but to take care with niche areas – this is where the marine nasties like fanworm can find a crevice to attach to.
Nooks and crannies around props and running gear can be the most difficult niche areas to keep clean on a boat – hard to reach, difficult and time-consuming to scrape down. Specialist foul release products are designed to take the hard work out of this underwater maintenance; coatings like Propspeed are formulated from an etching primer that binds firmly to the metal, and a super slick clear coat that doesn’t allow marine growth to attach.
A local success story, Propspeed is made in New Zealand and exported to more than 30 countries worldwide, and as well as reducing maintenance costs, having foul-free props and running gear gives boats more speed, and burns less fuel.
SV Nereida recently completed a 259 day nonstop solo sail around the world, under the helm of skipper Jeanne Socrates, who became the oldest woman ever to do so. This photo of SV Nereida shows the contrast between the fouled hull and spotlessly clean Propspeed coated prop and shaft.
At Westhaven Marina we have recently started using Propspeed on underwater pontoon fittings, with a view to reducing fouling and providing more effective management of underwater pests, such as fanworm.
We've set up a page to help you to fully understand the requirements around hull cleaning and marine pests.