Propspeed yes or no ???

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Boat was launched this morning…I didn’t do a speed run because it was a little bit choppy and windy and right now we are tied up snuggly in Porquerolles 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
 

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I like others have used various products on my props and shafts in nearly 16 years now in Sant Carles. Velox sent me some free-issue products years ago but it didn't work that well, so reverted back to Trilux-33 which was OK. The boatyard manager went on course end of last year learning how to apply Propspeed, hence my decision to try it this year.

With lifts, 3 days storage ashore, Propspeed, hull AF (Micron-350), anodes to: Hull, shafts, tabs, bow and stern thrusters, Total cost £2,633

The Propspeed materials element - £330. Images as below:


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I tried prop-o-drev on my riverboat with twin outdrives. Followed instructions to the letter, even going to the trouble of having the props soda blasted, and cleaned, all with recommended materials. Most at the periphery to the inner third of the props came off, even though only running at 6kts max within 12 months.
Suspect it will work on slow speed props, but not outdrives.
Asked to have Propspeed done on my sea boat again on outdrives, by one of the UK distributors. Was warned off by the C-Eng. who said it will not work. I trust him, although I'm desperate to get something done!
Anyone had success with outdrives?
 

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I tried prop-o-drev on my riverboat with twin outdrives. Followed instructions to the letter, even going to the trouble of having the props soda blasted, and cleaned, all with recommended materials. Most at the periphery to the inner third of the props came off, even though only running at 6kts max within 12 months.
Suspect it will work on slow speed props, but not outdrives.
Asked to have Propspeed done on my sea boat again on outdrives, by one of the UK distributors. Was warned off by the C-Eng. who said it will not work. I trust him, although I'm desperate to get something done!
Anyone had success with outdrives?
Keep us updated....I am very interested because six knots is my usual speed....and I keep my boat in a river estuary
 

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I suspect the best route forward is to find someone who will give a guarantee that their work will last. If I were the vendor of any of these products, I would give up if I could not give guarantees. I haven't seen anyone offering, not even the main distributors. Vendors always blame the person who applied the product? I'll bet it's brilliant if/when it adheres properly.
 

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I like others have used various products on my props and shafts in nearly 16 years now in Sant Carles. Velox sent me some free-issue products years ago but it didn't work that well, so reverted back to Trilux-33 which was OK. The boatyard manager went on course end of last year learning how to apply Propspeed, hence my decision to try it this year.

With lifts, 3 days storage ashore, Propspeed, hull AF (Micron-350), anodes to: Hull, shafts, tabs, bow and stern thrusters, Total cost £2,633

The Propspeed materials element - £330. Images as below:


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Wow that's some growth...!!!
Was that before the Propspeed was applied or some time after?
 

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The growth was prior to Propspeed - I await the next lift to see how well it has performed.....!

I will be selling my 2002 Princess 45 at the end of this season - anyone interested let me know....
 

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Yes its important to apply it properly, the chap in our marina, that also owns with his wife our local chandlery, went on a training course end of last year, so I thought I would give it (and him) a shot, we shall see at next lift, assuming my Princess 45 is not sold by then.....!
 

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A couple of days ago - a year since last lift

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After a couple of hours - pressure wash and acid wash

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Still needs a good polish though
But IMO, this is the way - no coating al all - just spend the money on lift and wash.

And this is after the guy that John is referring to finishes the props.
Polished and ready for action.
(Not my props - these belong to a Squaddie) - polished and relaunched yesterday
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Over the 16 years that we have both been out there, I think Mike and I (and others) have tried all sorts of products in Sant Carles Marina (now La Ràpita) on our metalwork, nothing seems to work for any great length of time. I will be interested to see how Propspeed performs this time, properly applied. I think that Mike is right though, just polish the metalwork and go for a quick lift and pressure wash before any long trip. They are quite reasonable in SCM and we get one lift and wash for free each year.

We have the benefit of a rather large lagoon directly outside of our marina, which is great when visitors are on the boat. We have an Oyster bar, Musclarium bar, mountains of salt, wind surfing and a large mussel and oyster farm all located within the lagoon and just a short hop away, a marina in Alcanar for a quick lunch! So not too difficult even with a bit of fouling.....
 
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