Antifoul surface drive propellers

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by Frosty, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Are you really suggesting that lanolin will keep surface props clean of sea growth. I had hoped you were joking and replied in a manner commensurate to such a suggestion that simple.

    After years of pouring hundreds of dollars into gallons of special paint I could have simply used some oil from a sheeps wool.

    I think your going on my point deduction list my friend, not only for disagreement, but for talking crap, and for talking to me like I was a 14 year old with a canoe.
  2. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    I was not kidding Frosty. Buy good quality Lanolin (not for the body but the industrial one) it work quite well. It repeal water and growth can't grip on it.
    It is a very old trick used for a long time in your Country. I learn that while traveling overthere in Cowes 40 years ago.
    I had good result. It's quite messy but what is not messy on boat :D
    On my own boat I am building I will try it over the whole under water surface after coal tar epoxy painted. This was never tryed but I want to give a shot. I don't know, but should work. This is I repeat not tryed ever. For the props yes.
    You can try by putting Lanolin in a piece of copper or bronze or stainless steel, put in the water in the harbor and check the result.
  3. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Youy will have, Frosty, make a point deduction to your own country too :D
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Your making break through's in boat technology DS. All this time waisted and all we had to do was use lanolin.

    Any more incredible tips? I sit cross legged at your feet with paper and pencil.
  5. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Not realy, just plain all fashion good "soup"
    I do my paint myself, I also do my own antifouling cooper based paint. I use a lot of black varnish and pine tar, use a great amount of kerozene, never varnish, and pass the wood after treatment of linseed oil with bee wax.
    I have a tank full of of a mix of kero and linseed oil where the wood take a week bath prior utilisation.
    I don't use glue, I use coal tar and mechanical fastening only double dip hot galvanized.
    My boats usualy use to stink, but fisherman don't care. Minimum maintenance is the rule. And I like the smell of these products.
    As for the engine, we spray it with kero, and never clean it. The kero after a while make a very good protecting coat on the iron.
    Nothing new under the sun!
  6. hoytedow
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    Frosty, have you ever seen a single sheep with barnacles?
  7. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Sheepskin/wool fat? YEUCH....
  8. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    The best lanolin come from your country.
    Here we have a good one from Texas.
  9. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    That works quite well and is known for long. But above waterline I would not recommend Lanolin, it collects dust and dirt like a magnet.
    On props and shafts it can last for about two years. (maybe less in tropic waters, dunno).

  10. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    In that context lanolin has many uses, excellent for leather - saddles, stockwhips and I have also heard of its use on cricket-bats...
  11. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    The thread is about keeping paint on surface props and if to anti foul or not in the first place. Surface props by there very nature thrash in and out of the water, very rarely slowly.

    If I cant keep epoxy on the rudders within the vicinity of the props then some how I fail to see how wool grease would stay on the blades.

    All these old wifes tales of how to keep nasties of props have been discussed at great length before, felt tip pen ink for one, horse antibiotics etc etc you name it.

    These nonsense suggestions are ridiculous in the face of the chemistry involved in making bottom paint and the resulting expense of it.

    I doubt if Thia fishermen would fork out a weeks pay per gallon of the stuff when an alternative was possible.
  12. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Gees they are wealthy, cost me a couple of months income to just get some more undercoat, that got sanded off over the next couple of days :eek: I hope to be able to keep my propellers clear of the water until I need to use them, then lower into the water to do what needs to be done...
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    The way that looks . . . ;)
  14. jonr
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    jonr Senior Member

    If I understand you correctly, you want to keep the props clean while at the dock without the work of removing them.

    Perhaps wrap them in aluminum foil?

  15. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    NO this is the question.
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