jokaboat wrote:Getting back to get coat would be a messy job. When you do please make sure you sweep it all up so I don't tread it all over my boat
Seriously though you might be better off getting it blasted off rather than trying to scrape it. It depends then on the state of the original gel coat as to whether you can just polish up or have to get it re gelled (if that's a valid term). No idea of cost for that job though, I just know that removing anti foul and re applying it is a horrible job.
jokaboat wrote:Personally I would just leave it for a season and see how it looks. It's not going to have a massive effect of the performance, unless you're trying to squeeze every ounce out of it racing.
But that's just my opinion.
I'd be inclined to leave the antifoul on as long as it's in reasonable condition and not flakey. If nothing else, it will keep the hull clean if you choose to go away for a couple of weeks in the summer!
Don't go to the trouble of removing antifoul. The hull will have been keyed for the antifoul to stick in the first place, so the original gel coat is no more in any case.
Also, paint the hull in black performance antifoul, it does not show up all the green crud, even after a long time and it will match your topsides. It is simple to recoat antifoul by just rubbing down (keep it wet though, antifoul dust is very toxic) the existing antifoul just enough to remove any high spots or flakey bits and recoat. Note how long the antifoul has to be out of the water before getting wet and also it's maximum time without getting in the water, some have sort of an out of the water shelf life.
My old yacht had black antifoul and it looked almost new after 2 years, so I flatted down and recoated in black again.
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