Top Ten Reasons to Paint Your Boat Propellers and Running Gear


February 09, 2017

Well it’s that time of year again and if you’re a boat owner you’ll no doubt be thinking about an Easter or spring launch off for your vessel.  However, as well as the launch you’ll no doubt be thinking about the maintenance you’ll require before you can brave the waters.

In today’s blog, we take a look at an area of many boats that can be a bit of a problem for boat owners and is also often neglected. While many people don’t paint their props, some do and with good reason. Fouling and a general ugliness ensues when you leave your props bare…

So here’s our top ten reasons to paint your boat propellers and running gear with a foul release coating before you head for the waters this year.

  1. Fouling on your propeller means more engine effort is required to keep you going faster and maintain speed.
  2. Fouling on your propeller also means that you put unnecessary stress on your engine, which can eventually lead to engine labouring and malfunctions!
  3. Propeller paints like AquaMarine FRC Prop Paint are virtually self-cleaning with most types of fouling making the coating majorly self-sufficient.
  4. Painting your prop will help to reduce drag, giving you more distance for your money in terms of fuel and also help accumulate more speed.
  5. If you don’t use your boat for a week or two, the prop can simply be ‘wiped’ or even ‘jet washed’ off if you’re using AquaMarine FRC
  6. For those who love to stand-out from the crowd, using propeller paint (especially coloured) looks amazing!
  7. Coating your props at the beginning of the season should mean you’ll get up to a year of use before having to reapply a new coating.
  8. Reducing your fuel consumptions as a result of using a propeller coating can significant lower your CO2 emissions which helps reduce global warming.
  9. Foul release propeller coatings do not contain heavy metals and therefore can protect propellers against the effect of electrolysis which damages the exposed fan metal.
  10. There is no need for the labour of polishing your propellers multiple times a season as you would for a bare or antifoul coated prop. Having a foul release coating means that just one application a year is required and no additional polishing as the fouling is easily removed.

All in all, propellers are the driving force behind your sea surfing expeditions, thus making sure they are fully protected and performing to their optimum potential is a very important check box to tick off in order to ensure the best possible boating experience.



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