Re: Lean & Clean tools and best antifoul to use?
Hi and welcome to the Forum.
I'm not sure how you managed to score your user name, but good effort.
Being in Northland, you might be a bit screwed if you're caught scraping off much more than a little slime while in the water. As Larks says, I can't remember if there's a haulout up there, and I'm pretty sure that any grid or cleaning piles or the like will have been decommissioned.
Antifoul is VERY useful. Actually, in your case it's a must, because you'll be traveling to other bays in Northland and the NRC or their agents will /might inspect your boat to see if she's clean or if you've painted her bottom recently. Have a look on the northland regional council website.
Best bet is to get your new boat hauled at the closest haulout and have them waterblast (gently).
while she's on the hard, slap on a layer or two of antifoul.
Also it's a very good idea to spend a little time with her out of the water and check a bunch of things before you head off to sail her around the coast. See Larks' comments.
Where are you sailing to? (and from )?
If you're short on cash, the way to remove barnacles is a wide plaster trowel. 4" or so. you can use one of those two handed paint scrapers as well, or a block of wood like lugalong says. But don't do this below the high tideline, you really need to haul at a boatyard, or a friends place who lives by the water. get it well away from the water so than anything you scrape off doesn't go back into the water.
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