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.
November 12th, 2010
The Medway (or as it’s known locally, The Mudway!) is a notoriously bad area in the UK for marine fouling. The following picture was posted on a well known yachting forum. It is rare to have Coppercoat™ tested against a traditional antifoul on the same boat. By the way, Coppercoat™ is the clean product on the keel not the barnacle covered blue product on the hull…!
Here is a copy of the post:
Join Date: Oct 2007
|Coppercoat vs Conventional Anti Foul
My keel and rudder have Coppercoat & the hull xxxxx (a conventional antifoul) so it makes for an interesting comparison after a season on the Medway (without a mid season clean).
I’ve jet washed the mud and slime off and there was no weed. Some of the barnacles were removed with the jet wash, but the majority wait for the scraper.
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.”