September 11th, 2012
During 2011/12 the Danish boating magazine “BadNyt” ran a trial of 11 anti-fouls, including 3 from International, 2 from Hempel, 2 from Jotun and of course, Coppercoat™. We are delighted to announce that Coppercoat™ was declared the clear winner, being the only product given 5 stars out of 5, showing no fouling (not even slime) when the test boat was lifted.
See below for the test results.
March 30th, 2012
Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to enjoy a sunny afternoon at Dell Quay Yacht Yard. Whilst there I took a few pictures of some of the boats present using Coppercoat™. These boats included the owner of the yards personal fishing boat and a yacht I remember supplying 20 years ago. I was pleased to see and hear how well these boats are performing. I must get out more often! (Please note the boats which are still brown are newly treated and yet to be launched and hence have yet to turn to the normal verdigris colour.)
June 13th, 2011
We are delighted to have won the prestigious Eco Friendly Business category of the Asian Marine & Boating Awards 2011, held in conjunction with the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show. The award was presented to Nigel MacFarlane (Coppercoat™ representative for Hong Kong) by Yang Xin Fa (Secretary General of the Chinese Boatbuilding Association) at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai.
It is very rare for any anti-foul to receive an award for being environmentally friendly, so this is a major coup for us and welcome recognition that Coppercoat™ is an environmentally sensible choice.
By commonly remaining effective for between 10 to 20 years, anti-fouling a boat once with low-leaching Coppercoat™ is clearly far more responsible than re-anti-fouling every year with a standard eroding anti-foul paint. And you don’t have 10 to 20 years worth of painting apparel such as rollers, brushes, tins and plastic paints trays to bury in a landfill site either!
November 3rd, 2010
Having been supplying Coppercoat™ for almost 20 years, it is increasingly common for us to hear from customers from our “early days”. Whilst we have already published information on boats treated nearly 20 years ago, we were still delighted with the following email recently received from the owner of a Heavenly Twins Catamaran entering its 15th year with Coppercoat™:
From: Andy M
Sent: 29 October 2010 15:59
To: AMC Office
I have attached some pictures of our “Summer Twins” catamaran which we antifouled with “Coppercoat™”, supplied by yourselves, 14 years ago. Since then she has had an occasional scrub on a local sand bank but has never been hauled outÂ until now. We have had to haul out this year for other maintenance work, otherwise there would have been no need to haul out.
At todays prices, choosing Coppercoat™ has cost Andy approximately 13p per day. If he had chosen a conventional antifoul, spending around £400 per year on a lift and re-antifoul (not to mention the hard work of having to paint the boat each year!) which equates to £1.08 per day over the same time period. Proving once again that Coppercoat™ provides unbeatable value for money!
Below are the pictures Andy sent us, showing his Coppercoated boat.
January 16th, 2008
In the December 2007 edition of Practical Boat Owner, the editor Sarah Norbury extolls the virtues of Coppercoat™ after a 14-year test on her family boat, a Starlight 39 (moored in the Hamble).
She writes: “One of the most frequently asked questions from PBO readers is “Should I invest in Coppercoat™ antifouling?” So I thought I’d share with you some news from what might be the longest test of Coppercoat™ on a yacht there has ever been. When we ordered a new Sadler Starlight 39 just over 14 years ago, we weren’t intending for her to be a copper antifouling test bed, but somehow, that’s what she’s become!
Until this Autumn she’s never been out of the water for more than 12 hours a year, so our 14 year test really is 14 years, not just 14 summers.
As an experiment we painted the rudder in three vertical stripes: one in Coppercoat™ and two in different top-of-the-range antifoulings. As time went by we regretted this test, beacuse each year we were faced with re-coating the antifouled stripes, whereas the Coppercoat™ just went on working from year to year. However it did show that ageing Coppercoat™ performed as well as new antifouling.
Our experience with Coppercoat™ has been fantastic. In all the 14 years we’ve never had a barnacle, seaweed, nothing except a thin layer of brown slime that simply washes off. It is recommended that each year the Coppercoat™ should be lightly abraded to expose fresh copper to the surface, but we have never done this simply because we’ve never had the boat out of the water for long enough and it would be hard work!
The original claim for our Coppercoat™ was that it would last 10 years and many people were sceptical. Our test proves the doubters wrong and we’re crossing our fingers our Coppercoat™ will keep doing it’s job for many more years.”
October 18th, 2007
The results have arrived from Coppercoat™ trials undertaken on two new Sunseeker 82 Yachts in Dubai. When these new boats arrived in Dubai both sported the factory approved conventional anti-foul and achieved the factory speed claims when sea-trialled. Both were then lifted and the anti-foul replaced with Coppercoat™. When re-tested, both had gained almost 2 knots of boat speed. The Chairman of Sunseeker Middle East reported “We are amazed and delighted – this scale of increased performance was unexpected and helps to set our boats apart.”
Not only are the boats faster, but more economic too. Running at full speed the choice of Coppercoat™ proved to save approximately 20 gallons of fuel per hour.
July 19th, 2007
In 1999 the Environment Agency applied Coppercoat™ to a 10m RIB to test its credentials and feasibility as a ‘green’ anti-foul. In October 2006 the RIB was lifted for the first time and Mark Warmsley, Transport Manager, said: “As the environment agency we are keen to use products that minimize the impact on the marine environment and as a result we decided to try Coppercoat™”.
The copper is suspended in epoxy resin which gives the hull extra protection and it doesn’t harm the marine life but just stops adhesion of growth. As a non-leeching, long term anti-foul solution Coppercoat™ was the obvious choice and itsâ€™ proven track record meant we were keen to trial it ourselves. The vessel, a 10mtr RIB has been permanently in the water since June 1999 and to date not had the need to have Coppercoat™ re-applied.
When the vessel is removed from the water for maintenance, there is no marine life or growth on the hull. If we can minimize the environmental impact of antifouling we will and as a result we will be using Coppercoat™ on our other vessels in the future.
Clearly we are delighted with the results of this seven-year trial from the Environment Agency. As no other available anti-fouling is proven to work for seven years from a single treatment, the fact that our environmentally friendly solution has been independently proved to do so once again is particularly pleasing.
June 2007 – W.Trout & Sons (Exeter) have now been instructed to treat the latest Environment Agency boat with Coppercoat™ also.