Finally – after waiting 6 months for a haul out to get some top secret stuff installed on our test boat – we wanted to do another test at the same time.
As we are changing propellers from 3/3 bladed to 4/3 bladed Mercruiser propellers – we thought no better time than the present to do a 1:1 competition between two of the top contenders for propeller anti fouling – PropSpeed and PropGold.
So who will be the winner?
As we in the UAE have more or less have the harshest brackish water conditions anywhere on the globe – the test is important. Just a little fouling on your propeller and top speed drops by 25% – and fuel consumption rockets!
PropGold and PropSpeed coating by Drax Marine
The new 2 sets of propellers (4 propellers – 2 for each stern drive) was delivered to Drax Marine in Dubai who took care of the coating. Drax has lots of experience with PropSpeed and thought it would be fun to check PropGold the latests arrival. Adam Reeve, the Managing Director of Drax Marine, was kind enough to let his team of specialised boat painters learn all about PropGold to the level they know PropSpeed. And then apply both products to the best of their abilities.
The application went great for both PropGold and PropSpeed – but the Drax team pre-warned me. “PropGold is so much easier to apply and seems to stick better” their workshop manager said. There has been some comments on PropSpeed changing their chemical formula a few years back after which it became less efficient. The Drax Team continued “We think, purely based on the application, that PropGold is the clear winner. At least from a workshop perspective there is no competition – it feels better – and we think it will last longer”
PropSpeed and PropGold status so far
So now we have 2 sets of propellers coated and the boat has been hauled. During the next few days the annual service will be done and once the boat launches again – it will be with the new 4/3 propeller sets with brand new coatings on them.
And despite Drax having much more experience with PropSpeed – PropGold is now in the lead with ease of application as per their workshop experience.
More details to follow
Link to PropSpeed
Link to PropGold