In a radical departure from traditional antifouling bottom paints that contain toxins or biocides that kill marine growth when they contact it, the Interlux Yacht Division of Courtaulds Coatings, Inc. has introduced a new generation, antifouling, silicone elastomeric coating that contains no toxic chemicals or environmentally hazardous biocides of any kind.
Called Veridian 2000, this unique new bottom coating works on an entirely different concept. Instead of killing whatever clings to the boat, this very smooth, slightly flexible (and slightly rubbery) coating makes it difficult for barnacles, slime and other marine growth to get a firm grip on the surface. Consequently, unlike traditional antifouling paints, Veridian 2000 does not release a continuous stream of environmentally harmful and potentially poisonous compounds into the water.
Some accumulation of marine growth will occur when the boat is at rest, but due to the slick, silicone properties of this finish the normal movement of the boat through the water (plus water turbulence around the boat) will dislodge most, if not all, of this growth. So the coating can be thought of as virtually self cleaning under many conditions.
Boats that are very slow moving, and those that move infrequently, will not clean themselves off as readily as faster boats that are used regularly. But accumulated growth can be easily wiped off with a soft scrub brush, large sponge, or soft cloth. The manufacturer recommends wiping the bottom off about once every two to four weeks in most cases. However, the faster the boat and the more frequently it is used, the less wiping will be required. And with proper care, annual recoating is usually not necessary.
Unfortunately, Veridian 2000 cannot be applied by the do it yourselfer, nor can it be applied in very boatyard. It can only be applied in certified yards and by technicians in those yards who have been trained by Interlux. There are four steps involved to complete this process and to ensure a proper and fully effective coating:
The first step is complete removal of all existing antifouling paint down to the bare gel coat.
The next step is careful application of Interlux’s Interprotect system an epoxy primer that seals against osmosis and blistering of the gel coat.
The third step is spraying on a specially formulated, nontoxic and VOC compliant white “tie coat” that is the key to the success of the entire process. This tie coat makes it possible for the silicone finish coats to adhere to the epoxy primer and it also reacts chemically with the final coats of silicone to form the smooth, low friction film that results.
The last step is spraying on two coats of the clear silicone finish that forms the final surface.
The cost of a Veridian 2000 coating will vary with the size of the boat. Generally speaking, however, total costs so far seem to fall somewhere between $24 and $30 per square foot of area to be coated.
Boatlife’s new Waterless Hand Cleaner is specifically formulated for cleaning hands after working around the boat. It will safely remove such messy and sticky materials as pllysulfide and polyurethane caulking without irritating or harming the skin, and is also excellent for safely removing dried paint, varnish, and other hard to remove stains from the skin. It contains no harsh ammoniated or chlorinated solvents, but does contain several skin conditioners such as aloe and lanolin.
Quicksilver recently redesigned its Commander series of remote engine controls. According to the manufacturer, the new Commander 3000 Series offers contemporary styling, easy installation and efficient operation.
Three years in development, the new shift and throttle controls boast raised icons that operate by touch. The handle is contoured for comfortable grasp and operation. The dual engine control offers single or dual drive leg operation.
The Commander series is available at all Mercury, Mariner, and Force Outboard dealerships, as well as at MerCruiser stern drive and inboard dealers.
The new Flexi Brite cordless tool kit from Skil includes a super bright krypton lantern, a cordless screwdriver, a charging stand, and a removable and rechargeable 3.6 volt battery pack that fits either tool. This kit is part of Skil’s new Flexi Charge system of cordless tools for do it yourselfers. They offer the benefits of each tool having a removable and rechargeable battery that can also be used in the other tools in that line a feature long valued by professionals because they don’t have to carry around different battery packs and different chargers for each tool. In addition, one battery can be charging while another is in use.
The charger included with the Flexi Brite kit can handle two batteries and will re charge them in three hours or less. The lantern has a five position handle for directing the beam at any angle, and the screwdriver is the company’s Super Twist Model 2211.
Ideal for use on boat covers, sail covers, clothing and other items made of canvas or cloth, the new Waterproofing & Fabric Treatment from Star brite is claimed to make all such fabrics totally waterproof, rather than merely water repellent. The materials treated still retain their natural feel and texture, and still allow for normal passage of air, so covered items are less susceptible to mold and mildew and clothing remains flexible and breathable. Most stains are also easier to wash off. The liquid is applied by either brushing, rolling or spraying it on the fabric.