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Swellmonster posted 07-12-2002 09:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for Swellmonster   Send Email to Swellmonster  
I have heard to wax or not wax the hull of your boat. I heard it slows you down. I have heard other applications like "kiss-cote" which I found on the web.
Lots of great facts like improved speed, mileage, hull cleans easyier, tested in a saltwater tank for 60K miles.
Anyone ever try similar products?
Bigshot posted 07-12-2002 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do not wax is my notion. Sailboaters do not do it nor do race boats. The wax causes an air pocket(beading) which slows you down. How much...probably nothing you will ever notice. It will keep it easier to clean but any cleaner will strip it, etc. If you do wax use a wax that sheaths(sp?) instead of beads. I also think just polishing the hull is the way to go. Personally I am not climbing under a boat to wax it, flipping a sunfish over to wax is one thing.....waxing a boat on a trailer is another.
JohnJ80 posted 07-12-2002 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I am a racing sailor.

Generally the wisdom is that waxing a boat slows it down. Remember the America's cup where they put the riblet stuff on the hull and got more boatspeed?

The principle behind all of this is that you want the water to 'sheet' or attach to the hull. The water attached to the hull is a a better and faster interface to the water than a surface that repels the water. Apparently it is effective since the IYRU (International Yacht Racing Union) doesn't allow it anymore.

However, this in on a sailboat that goes much slower through the water. On a power boat I think it would make no difference that is even measurable.

That all being said, there are products that double as anti fouling paint that will give you a better glide through the water. There is a teflon based product (VC 17 is the sailboat equivalent) that is a teflon based liquid in which you can add copper. I believe this has been shown to give better performance.

For power boats, I think waxing them with a good quality wax helps protect the surface. For that reason, if you were so inclined and fanatic enough to climb under a boat on a trailer - its probably a good thing.

I would definitely wax the top side and keep in protected - there are lots of products that would help with that.

j.

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