Can I copperboat or fiberglass under the viking 25 persons liferaft

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by mustafaumu sarac, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. mustafaumu sarac
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    mustafaumu sarac Senior Member

    Next summer , I am going to have an windsurf and 25 persons life raft inflatable as a home at med coast. Liferaft will stay on shore as long as possible and it will be fouling. I want to coat the bottom with copperboat antifouling. Is it possible ? Does coating tear the uncoated area with its weight ?
    May be I should cover the bottom with fiberglass ? Which one works ? Can liferaft textile withstand to epoxy or polyester ?

  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    I am sorry Mustafaumu, but I am totally baffled by your post.
    Are you going to be living in / on the 25 person inflatable liferaft?
    You say that the liferaft will stay 'on shore' as long as possible - do you really mean that it will be 'afloat' as long as possible, hence the fouling?
    There are some special paints for inflatable craft available, but I am not sure if there are any antifouling paints specifically for inflatables.
    I do not think that you should try to cover the bottom of the liferaft with fibreglass - that will not work!

    And what is the significance of the windsurfer?
  3. trip the light fandango
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    trip the light fandango Senior Member

    Fine copper dust could be added to a flexible paint, but if you are living on it in warm weather you can apply lanolin every 2 to 3 weeks and have no fouling.
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