A dozen of the leading antifouling paints are put to the test and rated by MBY in The Solent and the Mediterranean
Seajet 038 (prototype) £tba
Proving that registration of paints can be difficult, the launch of this new Seajet paint has been delayed by 12 months. However, we’ve included it to see how the future of paint looks against today’s offerings
This is a self-polishing paint so can withstand moderate speeds, but anything too racy may cause premature eroding and shorten its life.
COLOUR FASTNESS: 5/5
The Seajet started as a perfectly traditional white and at the end of the season it still looked exactly the same, with very little staining even from the dirty water – an impressive result for
a white paint.
In the Solent and Mediterranean locations there was no sign of any growth, but at the East Coast location there were a couple of weed attachments across the panel. However, they were only small and barely visible.
SLIME CONTROL: 5/5
When lifted there was very little slime at any of the locations, showing it to be the cleanest panel on test. Given that all the panels remained static during the season, that’s a fine result.
WASH TEST: 5/5
The finger test removed most of the slime that was attached to the board and washing removed all remaining traces, leaving a totally clean panel that looked as good as new.
This Seajet paint would have been our best performer but regulation problems mean it won’t be on sale until 2017. However, it’s good to know that the latest generation of paints seem better than ever and we’ll let you know when it does pass the tests.