The ocean is vast. In fact, many experts suggest that we know more about outer space than we do the depths of our own oceans. Modern imaging and submarine technology have allowed us to touch the tip of the iceberg, and every day new species of plant and marine life are found in the ocean.
While humans have dominated the land, the ocean is probably the one place on our planet’s surface we’ll never fully control or understand. Our boats may be giant to us, but to the ocean, they’re just another foreign object passing through.
It’s no wonder, then that since the first boat was launched in ancient times, sailors and mariners have complained about “hull fouling.”
Our answer to hull fouling has long been to use antifouling paints (aka ablative paints), commonly containing toxic chemicals, frequently copper. They work, but adding toxic chemicals to the ocean is a no-no! And in many areas, there are attempts to ban these paints.
This is where Antifouling paint alternatives come in. There several innovations in the hull-protection space, and in this article, we’ll look at a few popular ones.[Read more…] about Antifouling Paint Alternatives. Bottom Paint No More!