New paint stands to save boaties thousands
CLARENCE Valley boat-owners might want to get to the Yamba Marina on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of a revolutionary new product that could potentially save them thousands of dollars.
Airlie Beach boatie Bruce Carter will be the first private boat owner in Australia to use an environmentally-friendly, anti-fouling paint system on the hull of his yacht, 'Keemar III', when it gets an overhaul next week.
The product is known as Ecospeed and is distributed by a Victorian-based company called Australia Paint Industries.
Unlike most anti-fouling coatings, which can leave damaging deposits of toxic chemicals in reef systems if a boat runs aground, Ecospeed claims to be made up of only eco-friendly chemicals.
What's more, the product is supposed to produce a smooth, hard coating that organisms find it hard to attach to, meaning one coat on a boat's hull can last without the need to pull it out of the water every few years to repaint it.
Mr Carter said money that he might save by reducing the need to maintain his boat was a nice thought, but he was more excited about the environmental benefits the paint could offer.