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Old 11-05-2005, 05:58 PM
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Left my 22' CC boat (never bottom painted) in the saltwater for 10 days, pulled it out, put it on the trailer and noticed small barnacles attached to the bottom. I used a plastic scrapper. brush and some dishwashing soap to remove them they seem to come off easy. Question what is the best hull friendly product to use to remove barnacles if this happens again? My plan, if I leave boat in the water longer than 5 days I will wipe bottom clean while boat is in the water (wearing mask and flippers) using a rag or brush should that do the trick? Noticed my boat neighbor with new bottom paint, he is getting barnacles on his bottom after 2 weeks or so, it seems even with bottom paint you still have to hand wipe the bottom to get rid of the Barny's.

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If I leave the boat in the water for 10 days, I will get barnacles. Scraping is one way. A pressure washer also works. Do a search and there are many articles about removing barnacles and pressure washers on boats.

Your neighbor's painted boat should NOT be getting barnacles. Something fishy there.
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I have always mixed up a sprayer with 50/50 water and bleach+ add just a little liquid soap (few drops) Spray this on when bottom is still wet. Just spray the area needed. This will help take most of it off at that time. Warmer the water temp the faster barnacles form on the bottom. If you Let the barnacles/bottom dry , you have a big problem. Jim
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just get a scaper, like a plastic one, or dry-wall plaster applier thingy, or even a block of wood with an even edge. That seems to work good for me
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try a small spot with some toilet bowl cleaner. Has been very helpful for me on small barnicles. Put it on straight wait about 5 minutes and scrub. It is very acidic so don't get it on metal or driveway.
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I have had good luck with Lime Away..........barnacles are mostly lime deposits.....spray it on.... wait 15-20 mins. hose off with most pressure you can get or pressure washer if you have one....many will wash off.... and then finish up with plastic scraper..........where are you ...I'm in S.Fla.....we get growth in 7 days w/o bottom paint.......
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:57 PM
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I agree that your neighbor's bottom painted boat should not be getting barnacles. Let us know what kind of paint was used so we can avoid it.
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By the time you come up with a special concoction,you would have already scraped them off.The boats not that big,just scrape it.
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The real bummer with barnacles are the little cup like saucers that are left on the hull after you scrape them off. You can never get them off, and they're noticeable by sight and by feel. I hate barnacles with a vengeance. My advice is to bottom paint if the boat is to be in the water more than two weeks... maybe one week in August.
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Starbright barnacle & zebra mussel remover does a decent job on the little saucers left after the barnacles themselves are removed. It had a good write-up in Powerboat Reports & works pretty well for me. Just follow the instructions carefully
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I am wondering if the neighbor's boat was bottom painted, then left out of the water for an extended period of time. If so, it will reduce the effectiveness of the bottom paint. This may explain why he is getting barnacles in such a short period of time.
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Starbright barnacle & zebra mussel remover does a decent job on the little saucers left after the barnacles themselves are removed. It had a good write-up in Powerboat Reports & works pretty well for me. Just follow the instructions carefully
That's why I mentioned Lime-away...above..I had the exact situation a few yrs back..left normally dry racked boat w/o bottom paint..in too long..had the growth he described..use lime away and plastic scraper and all came off..lime away softens, dissolves much of the barnacle..BTW got the info from "old-salt" at marina when he saw me scraping
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Regarding neighbor, don't know what brand bottom paint was used. I am starting to think that bottom paint restricts barnacle growth to a certain degree only and regardless if you bottom paint you still have to clean the bottom about once a month and about every 7 days without paint if boat is left in salt water. This is my belief at this time.

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I would recommend simply beaching the boat softly first. It's something you'ld do in a heartbeat if there was a party going on at the point in the bay that you wanted to be at! In smaller boats and anything that's outboard simply beach the boat in a sandy area then pull it out at the launch ramp and pressure wash the stern quarter of the boat. The GENTLE beaching on a sand beach will take 85% of the buildup off. I learned this trick from my uncle in the 80's who had a 42'er. He knew of a 2' deep sand bar in the intercoastal around Melbourne Fla. and would periodically beach his boat at low tide softly, have a martini (only one) and take it back to the yacht club when the tide rose. He'd hire a local with a mask and fins to clear the rest of the stern but a simple soft beaching takes care of most of them!
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The best method is to let them dry for a few days, then use your bare knuckles to remove them. JK.
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sorry. Don't know why I'm in such a smarta$$ mood.
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The best method is to let them dry for a few days, then use your bare knuckles to remove them. JK.
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I have been told that if you run the boat in fresh water the barnicales will fall off. never tried it but makes sense.

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