..I'm not sure if I posted this on P-Net but I'll post it here. I recently mentioned this in another thread but I think it deserves it's own thread. A new superhydro-phobic coating is supposed to be on the market within the next year( if not already). I think it would work well with kevlar and fiberglass and hopefully poly boats. It'll have other uses also, cars, clothes etc etc.
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yeah I'd try some ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-25-12 5:46 PM (EST)
...... wonder where I can get a can to try ??
Posted by: ByronWalter on Apr-25-12 6:26 PM (EST)
...I intend to apply to myself and ditch my drysuit asap :)
been eagerly following....|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Apr-25-12 6:35 PM (EST)
they say a spray on version will be available late summer or so. Biggest question for me will be price which will determine where it's practical to use.
Great for shoes, boots, but WHY would|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-12 9:00 PM (EST)
I use it on my boats?? It won't make them faster. It won't preserve them from degradation. Why?
Possible salt water|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-26-12 6:44 AM (EST)
Salt water has different stickiness issues than fresh. We have to spend extra time rinsing things off, especially vulnerable stuff like rigging, when we are parked at the shore for an extended period. It's not an impossibly big deal, but it'd be nice if we could be less attentive about it. Kind of like being able to Scotch-Guard the perimeter lines for anyone old enough to remember.
i was kinda thinking....|
Posted by: trout on Apr-26-12 9:22 AM (EST)
...if you applied this stuff to a boats hull, that would reduce "stiction" and the boat would , should, glide easier and therefore faster, with less effort than the surface tension drag normally associated with boat hulls.anyone who has ever waxed a hardshell boat knows it immediately glides much easier and faster than a untreated hull.
Actual testing has showed that waxing|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-12 4:27 PM (EST)
slows a hull. RainX slows a hull.
Wood doesn't rot or mildew if never wet.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-27-12 3:59 AM (EST)
No more rotting gunwales, thwarts, etc.
Waste of Money and Time|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-25-12 10:11 PM (EST)
Simply rinse boat , maybe use terry cloth towel,
gotta argue the point...|
Posted by: trout on Apr-26-12 9:30 AM (EST)
Hi willi...i have to argue the point , not to start a pissing match, but yes racers do wax their boats when applicable, they just don't admit it , thinking it's their "little secret" and it don't matter if it's a kayak/canoe/ or a America's Cup racer or a hydroplane. anything that reduces the Stiction of surface water on a boat hull is a plus.
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-26-12 11:21 AM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Apr-26-12 1:25 PM (EST)
It'd be interesting to see how this affects the boundary layer of an immersed object.
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-26-12 3:00 PM (EST)
Argue with John Winters|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-26-12 12:05 PM (EST)
noted canoe designer and naval architect and yes I believe he raced.
Racers? When I was rowing in the 60s|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-12 4:31 PM (EST)
our coach at MIT consulted the Naval Architecture department, and then had us wet-sanding the hulls of our 60 foot shells. But no one noticed any improvement. All it did was temporarily psych out some of the other teams.
more about salt on gear|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Apr-26-12 11:21 AM (EST)
After every paddle I hose off several items. I also take the boat from the car to a stand, rinse, flip, rise, empty then move to storage spot. With this product if it's not too expensive I could in theory spray PFD, skirt, boat and some other items then when I get home I just take boat directly to storage and hang other gear to dry without rinsing. One application should last a year or more if what they say is true. Easily saves me 15 minutes every day I paddle (which is often a lot). I'm not looking to speed my boat, just make life with salt water easier.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Apr-26-12 11:40 AM (EST)
The implications of a product likre this has enormous promise for a wide variety of applications!
Posted by: pikabike on Apr-26-12 1:53 PM (EST)
Could be good for preventing that white crusting on electronics devices.
Useless for kayak speed|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-26-12 3:30 PM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-26-12 5:02 PM (EST)
Posted by: yaakker on Apr-26-12 6:32 PM (EST)
My eyes are starting to glaze over !!!
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-27-12 12:02 AM (EST)
That's funny, some of my students have the same reaction when I start digressing into random turbulent thoughts....
Try this new product. Glaze can't stick|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-27-12 4:03 AM (EST)
Posted by: poleplant on Apr-30-12 2:18 PM (EST)
I'm going to coat my body in never wet and slide across a lake !