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Antifoul paints are designed to optimise your vessels seasonal performance by restricting growth on your hulls underwater area. A typical antifoul job will last from 12 months for the budget antifouls right up to 3 years for some of the top end antifouls.

“What is the best antifoul on the market. We are often asked this exact question. It is not really about “the best antifoul” It is about getting a season or even close to two seasons in the water & not coming out covered in barnacle and weed. Yes, it is better to buy a strong antifoul so you come out clean, but it is just as important to ensure when you do come out, the barnacles have not covered your boat and done damage to the gelcoat or running gear. A smart boat owner will come out every 15 to 18 months. This allows you to check for any osmosis issues, clean up your running gear, check anodes. A mid range antifoul that does not cost alot will generally give you 15 months. I personally do not like keeping a boat in for 3 to 5 years. Any issues left that long can become very costly. If you can get 15 to 18 months, that’s a great result and a good hard waterblast, a wet sand and hopefully most of last seasons antifoul is gone so you don’t get excess build up that eventually means an expensive sandblast.

 “No matter what antifoul you choose, you should haul your vessel out of the water every 15 months or so to check your running gear, your anodes and your hull for any signs of problems like osmosis.”

Take two identical vessels on the same jetty. Same antifoul, same everything. The vessel on the bank out of the current might get two years before requiring a haulout. The other vessel out on the T at the head of the jetty in the current, might only get 12 months. Weed can grow on the sunny side and not on the shady side as well.

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AkzoNobel have been making paint for over 370 years and it is no coincidence that their International brand is a global reference in the antifouling market. Owners, captains and pros around the world love International paints for their easy application, outstanding performance and readily available technical support wherever you are. International Paints offer a complete range of self-polishing, polishing, ablative and hard antifoulings, as well as the only specialised product for optimal racing performance on the Australian market – VC Offshore.

 Years of research and development have gone into each can of International paint, ensuring the most advanced technology for every vessel from the smallest pleasure boat to the largest superyacht – contact MTS or your local International technical representative to find the best system for your vessel:

Micron 99 (professional use only; vessels 20+m) – optimised for superyachts and extended offshore cruising vessels; outstanding protection in challenging fouling conditions.

 Micron AP – maximum strength antifouling with Biolux® technology and boosted biocide levels; suitable for the widest variety of vessels for difficult fouling conditions in all environments.

Micron Extra 2 – high strength antifouling formulated with Biolux® technology to provide improved resistance to slime, optimising performance and longevity.

Awlcraft – Soon to be rebranded as Micron One is a seasonal ablative antifouling with proven performance; economical and dependable, designed to erode away with use which reduces paint build-up and sanding.

Trilux 33 – especially formulated for aluminium vessels of all sizes; available in bright colours.

Ultra 2 – high strength, hard antifouling; ideal for fast power boats and competitive sailing with hard, scrubbable finish

VC Offshore – thin film coating for racing, sailing and performance powerboats; reduces friction and drag.

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Jotun have the Seavictor Self Polishing antifouling range.

Seavictor 50 is Jotun’s premium offering. It loves to run in warm tropical waters. If you are off world cruising, Seavictor 50 is a great choice. It is full of cuperous oxide and biocides to reduce weed growth. It can give you up to 3 years protection depending on usage.

Seavictor 40 is Jotun’s budget antifoul. It is near the same as Seavictor 50 but has less biocides. Seavictor 40 has been very popular around the Gold Coast over the past 5 years and we have had great success with it. If you plan to haul out every 15 months, Seavictor 40 is a great choice.

The other offering from Jotun is thier Seaguardian Ablative Antifoul.

Seaguardian, a little harder than Seavictor is a rock solid antifoul. Packed with Cuperous Oxide and Biocides, you never hear a complaint about it. It will give you up to two years in the water and for a coastal vessel, the best choice.

Jotun also have an aluminium safe antifoul called Seasafe Ultra available in 5 or 10L pails. Top quality antifoul and is used on vessels such as all the city cat ferries in Brisbane to some of the largest aluminium superyachts in the world.
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Hempel is the worlds third largest marine paint company. Fantastic products with thier inorganic fibre technology. They have taken copper and biocide release rates to scientific perfection.

Globic is Hempels top of the range antifoul. Great choice for world cruising inn warm waters. It can offer you up to three years in the right conditions.

Olympic antifoul comes in two flavours. They refer to it as high activity and low activity.

High activity is a harder paint. If you are travelling 20 hours out of a 24 hour day then the 86951 high activity is the product if choice. Great for your running gear as well where high wash is experienced.

Low activity or 86901 is what we will offer you 90% of the time. A little softer it will handle infrequent usage alot better. If your vessel sits around for a few weeks or longer use 86901.

Mille Dynamic Alu is the Aluminum safe version and again it can last 6 to 12 months in high flow clean water areas where growth is prolific. Depending on the location of your vessel, varied results will always prevail with any antifoul.
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Altex have a few antifouls in thier range. No5 is the premium antifoul. It can give you up to 3 years in the right conditions. A very soft antifoul and even when hauled and sanded, if you rub your hand on it, it will come off on your hand.

We sell alot of No5 and it has some fantastic coulors. Seaport Blue, Navy Blue, Sea Green, Black and Oyster white! If you like to dress up your boat, Altex No5 is your go too!

Seabarrier 3000 and Seabarrier 1000 are the commercial versions. Seabarrier 1000 is the 12 month version. Might seem silly to have a 12 month antifoul but if you think about it, commercial vessels are required to haul every 12 months so a waterblast and recoat of a cheaper antifoul actually saves money.

Pettit Vivid is the latest offering. Aluminium safe yet marketed for both fibreglass and aluminium hulls as it contains alot of the good stuff in it. Harder so very suited to fast boats and running gear.
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PPG have two copper based antifouling products marketed at coastal vessels. They do also have silicone based antifouls for commercial vessels that can be specified by the rep.

ABC 3 is their top tiered product absolutely packed with copper, zinc and biocides. It is a very good product and is up there with the best of them. Over 30 years in the market proves you will easily get up to 2 years performance Self Polishing, you should get 3 years in the water with ABC 3. Supplied in 10L & 4L pails. Comes in Black, Blue or red.

Sigma Ecofleet 290 is also a fantastic choice. Although less expensive, it is cheaper than ABC 3, still self polishing and comes in 15L or 5 pails. We have sold over the years pallets and pallets of Sigma Ecofleet 290 and people come back asking for it with great results. If your vessel is around the 35ft mark, a 15L pail is very economical. Comes in Black, Blue or the traditional red/brown colour.

Our local rep is Michael, he is very knowledge and can assist with specifying a system suited to your application should the need arise.

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Seapro CU120 is a fantastic antifoul. We have had awesome results with this antifoul. Wattyls primers are also amazing you have probably heard of thier PR 250 epoxy now called Macropoxy 250 as the have been bought out by Sherwin Williams, and of course their TC90 tie coat. There is also Seapro Plus 100 for Aluminium boats.

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How much antifouling will I need:

International Paints have created this fantastic diagram that explains how to roughly calculate the quantity required:

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