As owners of powered vessels look to maximise fuel efficiency in light of inflated fuel costs, global foul-release coatings company Propspeed is reinforcing the message that use of Propspeed coatings could improve hourly fuel usage and increase boat speed.
Matt Forbes, Propspeed’s Sales Director, EMEA explains, “Using less fuel to achieve the same speed is fast becoming a major consideration in boat ownership. Owners who have applied Propspeed have reported savings of up to seven litres per hour and an additional three knots at their standard revs, and these results remain consistent throughout the season. This is a significant saving that confirms good propeller protection is just as important as using quality bottom coatings.”
Yacht owner, Frederic Rossignol said, “After several tests of different products for my Monte Carlo 50, I finally found the one that best meets my expectations. Propspeed is durable, without biocides and provides significant fuel savings in the region of 12%. Next year, I will also treat my swim platform with Propspeed.”
Propspeed has been specifically designed to keep propellers and underwater metals free from fouling. It features an exceptionally strong chemical and mechanical bond that is created by the application of its Etching Primer and Clear Coat. This creates a biocide free, ultra-slick surface that no fouling organism can attach to.
Propspeed further creates an insulating coating which is effective at preventing corrosion for other critical components of a vessel such as the shafts, props, pod drives and stern drives.
Good professional application by a Propspeed certified applicator is essential to achieving the best results and a correctly applied Propspeed coating can provide up to 24 months protection.
International boat builders have recognised the benefit of supplying Propspeed’s foul-release coatings to the propeller systems of new boats. Fairline Yachts recommends Propspeed as a standard application for its Volvo IPS systems and Australian boat builders, Palm Beach Yachts and Riviera Yachts specify Propspeed on all new models.
For more information about Propspeed, please visit www.propspeed.com/commercial.