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whalebone posted 04-27-2002 11:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalebone   Send Email to whalebone  
Here it goes, I read somewhere that the US Navy was looking at a compound that consisted of Habneros pepper oil,or some variation being added to bottom paint. It seems that when mixed with bottom paint, marine organisms, aka barnacles get a nasty taste and don't adhere to the bottom of the boat. Anyone try this? or is it an urban legend? thanks,edg
triblet posted 04-27-2002 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
A Google groups search on +"hot sauce" +"bottom paint" got two hits.


BrettDD posted 04-27-2002 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for BrettDD  Send Email to BrettDD     
I live in a boat in the harbor and have seen most my neighbors use all kinds of addatives such as the ones you are mentioning. It seems that they take on the same amount of growth as mine that was bottom painted with standard addatives. The only thing I have seen that worked better is the old paint that had Lead in it but that as far as I know is illeagal in most parts of the world now including the USA and Mexico.
tabasco posted 04-28-2002 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Hey ......they uise my sauce for everything :-)
hauptjm posted 04-29-2002 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Hey Cher', been usin' dat Tabasco for years, and I been had no barnicles eeda'!! Lemme told ya'.
ShrimpBurrito posted 04-30-2002 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Well, I'm guessing some kind of organic compound like pepper oil might repel marine organisms for a few days tops, but organic compounds break down quickly, if not quickly absorbed and whisked away by the water.

Besides, if you had a choice, would you choose a smorgasboard of fiberglass, or hot peppers? I recently tasted fried seaweed, and I'll take the hotties anyday.

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