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The boat has to come out of the water for snagging and leg service.

I cannot believe how much weed etc has managed to attach itself, i was told not to antifoul the legs by the boatbuilder, but realise that if I don’t I will spend more hours cleaning than fishing🤔🤔😡😡

Can anyone advise the primer, paint, and any preparation specific to painting them.

Golden Arrow have recommended a specific paint which I cannot remember the name.

Any advice would be great thank you.

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Jerry, a guy in the wsf forum has been singing the praises of a light coat of marine grease smeared all over the legs of his boat. Got to be worth a try for a while before painting them !!
Neil


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Jerry, a guy in the wsf forum has been singing the praises of a light coat of marine grease smeared all over the legs of his boat. Got to be worth a try for a while before painting them !!
Neil


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I can only assume his boat is not a rocket ship like Looby!

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I painted mine from new, as do most if not all people with out drive legs at the Yacht Club

 

Initially Primed with primacon and then I used Trilux anti Fouling which I was not that happy with

 

I now use International Interspeed, in a lighter colour than the hull so I can see when they start to weed up.

 

You will see a massive difference in performance and fuel consumption when the hull and legs get weedy

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Hi Jerry 

 

My previous boat had an out drive Leg and it too used to weed up even though I used Trilux right from the start.

Cobbs is bad for weeding up and I am afraid you may have to clean your legs every so often as I used to.

Now I am shaft driven as Chris said it is a lot less hastle.

 

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As with mostly everything with boats used for essentially leisure, the more you use it the less problems there are. This is certainly true for fouling, I aim if at all possible to take Tigerfish out at least once a week even if I just go for a blast round the Solent in rough weather, great fun if you have that kind of mindset... 

 

For stopping fuel consumption rising through the year aside from regular use I find the most effective thing is cleaning the props, I do this with a brush and abrasive pad while kneeling from the swim platform, generally twice a year, fairly quick if they are not too bad to start with. For the rest of the leg I've found a single good thick coat of Trilux is just enough for the way I use the boat but then again I'm not berthed in Cobbs so can't compare. 

 

Interesting that you use Interspeed Charlie, I didn't realise that is ok for aluminium.

 

 

 

 

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I bought my boat secondhand, it already had antifoul on the legs, can't tell if there was a layer of primer between the antifoul and paint the drives come with. The bottom half on one of the legs however was replaced about 2 years ago (skeg damage due to rope entanglement). The guys at Ropewalk lightly abraded the new part and applied Trilux, there had been no problem with adhesion of the antifoul since.

That's background, to answer your question, the antifoul is not being applied to bare metal where primer must be applied it is being applied to a tough paint finish. So what we are dealing with is a question of bonding. In my view if a good bond can be achieved without a primer no need to use one. The guys at Ropewalk didn't think it was needed to get a good bond, I went along with that, so far that's proven out to be fine.

So in my view I don't think there is any harm in applying a primer but I'm not convinced it is actually needed to get a good bond.

Lightly abrading is unfortunately needed to get a good bond, I say unfortunately because I don't like damaging in any way the quality paint job the legs come with even if just the top of it's top coat.






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