Antifouling and Painting Tips
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to the marina next week, and we thought the following antifouling and painting tips might help if you’re busy getting your boat ready for the water.
Antifouling does a fantastic job at keeping our boat hulls clean, improving speed through the water and fuel efficiency. However, many antifouling systems can be toxic to marine life and some elements of antifouling and painting can enter the food chain.
As a boat owner you can play a vital role in minimising the negative environmental impact by preventing scraping and sanding debris and paint residue from entering the water. These simple measures will help:
- Think about how to catch, remove and dispose of the arising waste and paint before starting your job.
- Protect yourself with PPE. Avoid paint coming into contact with your eyes, mouth, skin and clothing as well as preventing the inhalation of toxic fumes.
- Place a plastic sheet or tarpaulin under your boat to capture scrapings and dust, drips or spills from contaminating the ground and entering the watercourse.
- Minimise dust by using a wet abrasive and then cleaning the hull with a wet cloth.Avoid using a hose to wash away contaminates.
- Avoid paint strippers. An industrial vacuum-cleaner linked to a scraper tool will help to capture any dust.
- Use environmentally friendly finishes such as low volatile organic compound paints and non-biocidal coatings such as silicone, vinyl or ultrasonic technologies.
- Use the recycling and hazardous waste bins in the main boatyard or your local council recycling centre for the safe disposal of paint tins. Do not leave your empty tins, dirty brushes and other rubbish on the ground or loose on the bin bays.
Information taken from The Green Blue website – an environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine.