The anti-fouling system on a vessel is critical to its ongoing fuel efficiency and speed, not to mention the integrity of the hull. Like many things not all anti-fouls are equal and being that one size does not fit all! The anti-fouling system used on an ultra-high speed racing yacht or power boat is very different to that suitable for a pleasure boat used only on weekends. The material that the vessel is made from also effects the correct anti-foul system to be employed.
The goal of any anti-fouling paint is to minimize the grow of marine organisms on the immersed surface of the vessel, common to almost all products is a biocide within the paint to prevent the growth of marine life. Depending on the speed and usage of the vessel there are two ways to achieve this: