- October 31st, 2009
- in Yachting
Non-Stick Propeller Paint – Getting an in-depth report on boat products for me is crucial. I remember as a kid standing in chandleries for hours with my dad as he would be baffled by salesmen telling him option after option. He used to simply say, “I trust your judgment, but please tell me what works for you guys, then I know it will be the best one. Let’s cut the waffle.”
Propeller paint isn’t a big subject for a dinghy or even a cruising sailboat, but consider a sports fishing boat or luxury yacht—the budgets run into the millions, and shaving two cents on a mile adds up.
The BVI's Golden Hind Chandlery is starting to back products from the customer’s point of view, and they are running with Sea Hawk. Manufacturer of Sea Hawk Paints, New Nautical Coatings, Inc. was established in 1978 and is dedicated to bringing only the highest quality products to today's mariner. Sea Hawk paints are made with care and attention to every detail. Every gallon is inspected before it leaves their facility to ensure that it meets their stringent quality control requirements. The company is a family owned and operated with a commitment to excellence in products, service and customer satisfaction.
“We have tried to stay on the leading edge of technology throughout the years,” says Erik Norrie, CEO of New Nautical Coatings, Inc. “For over 15 years the number one question at every boat show, every dock, and every boatyard has been, what do you have that will work on my running gear and propellers?” says Norrie. For years there was no answer. Recently, after much research and development, New Nautical Coatings has developed HawkSpeed, a product that seems to be holding up against the test of one of the harshest marine environments that a product can face. The extreme abuse that propellers take tends to make it very difficult for any product to stick to.
HawkSpeed is Sea Hawk’s new coating for running gear and propellers. Ever since boats have been in the water, fouling has been a major issue. This new environmentally friendly coating is non-stick and very easy to clean. It dramatically reduces drag by keeping the propellers and shafts clean. This product has also been proven to increase the speed of the vessel by causing a major reduction in hydrodynamic drag because of the super slick surface of the propeller. Because of the increased speed and reduced drag this means lower fuel bills. It will also reduce maintenance costs because of its ease of application. It can be applied by anyone.
HawkSpeed increases the speed, fuel efficiency, and overall performance of any vessel—sailboats, commercial fishing boats, sports fishing boats or luxury yachts. This technological breakthrough in foul release chemistry keeps your propellers clean and free from fouling for extended periods of time. Captain Dave, a veteran of boating says, “I was skeptical at first, but when I saw my boat gain 3 knots in speed, I couldn’t believe it. This stuff really works.” He is not the only one that is seeing results like this. Captain Henri says, he has tried “everything from magic marker to dipping props in oil, to hot pepper coatings, and nothing sticks.” Recently he used HawkSpeed and is very pleased with the increased performance of his vessel. As are the guys at Golden Hind and Tortola Yacht Services, it’s working, and that’s what counts.
This new technology contains no copper, no tin, and no heavy metals of any kind. It also doesn’t contain any biocides. It’s completely environmentally friendly. Instructions for application can be found on the company website www.seahawkpaints.com