Marine Supplies Direct Championing the Seajet Antifoul Brand

Well it’s that time of year again (subject to the weather of course). Antifouling time! It’s a bind and most boat owners really don’t enjoy it but let’s face it, it has to be done! However, do you struggle to work out which antifouling to buy? You’re not alone if you do.

Thankfully, Marine Supplies Direct has done a lot of research this year to assess what antifoul works well and where and we’ve got two brands that we champion. Teamac (previously Precision) and Seajet. The latter of which consistently scores highly for the ability to deal with fouling in all kinds of waters throughout the UK.

One great article that’s a little old now but still holds a lot of weight is the PBO Great Antifouling Showdown. This article set-up a fairly comprehensive antifoul comparision using all the main paints and brands, but in various different waters throughout the UK. Interestingly, Seajet Shogun 33 as a brand came out on top and scored better than many other paints (International and Hempel included). So this year, we’re championing that brand in the 2.5l tins.

If you’re looking for antifouling, you can see our full range on the main website under antifouling and don’t forget to take a look at our epoxy fillers if you need repairs!

 

Owatrol D.1 wood treatment saturates the wood oil

DEKS OLJE® D.1 is an oil, which saturates the wood, literally feeding it with oil to replace those lost. Driving
out moisture and air, filling the woods pores with oil, it enriches and stabilises to provide long lasting
protection to interior and exterior timber. A non-film forming, clear oil DEKS OLJE® D.1 enhances the natural
beauty of the wood while being easy to maintain, requiring no sanding or stripping.

Properties
• Optimized for thick, dense, oily and difficult to impregnate woods.
• Drives out moisture and air by penetrating deep into the wood pores – Protects against the effects of moisture.
• Transparent – Maintains the woods natural appearance.
• Natural matt sheen finish (For a gloss finish topcoat with DEKS OLJE® D.2*).
• Non film forming – No peeling, No flaking.
• Easy maintenance – No stripping or sanding.
• Can be applied above and below the water line (must be over coated with a suitable finish below the water line).

Basic uses
• Hardwoods and Tropical woods – Oak, Chestnut, Ash, Teak, Ipe, Mahogany, Bangkirai etc.
• Softwoods – Pine, Larch, Spruce…
• Exterior – Decks, garden furniture, windows, doors, frames…
• Interior – Flooring, panelling, stairs, joinery…
• Marine – Hulls, portals, trim, wheel house…
• Horizontal and vertical surfaces.
• Excellent primer for conventional single pack marine and decorative coatings.

Finish: Matt
Vehicle type: Alkyd-Urethane Resins
Solvent type: Solvent
Viscosity: Fluid
Specific gravity (at 20°C): 0,850 ± 0,05
Physical state: Liquid
Solid content: 27% ± 2
Flash point: > 60°C
Shelf life: 2 years in original unopened packaging.
Container size: Spray 300mL, 1L, 2.5L, 20L, 200L
Colour: Amber
Dry time: 24 hours, depending on temperature and humidity.
Setting up time before use or finishing with DEKS OLJE® D.2*: 3 days
VOC: EU limit value for this product (cat. A/f) 700 g/L (2010). This product contains max. 628 g/L.

Coverage
Initial: 1 to 4 m² per litre.
Maintenance: 8 to 12 m² per litre.
Actual coverage will vary depending on application method, type, texture and porosity of the wood.

Application tools
Brush
Roller

Good application practice
Cover everything you do not wish to paint.
Apply between 5°C and 35°C.
Do not apply in direct sunlight or to hot surfaces.

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There’s no substitute for lifejacket

A lifejacket is an important piece of equipment to saves lives on the water.
There’s no substitute for lifejacket, you can still have fun on the water while wearing a lifejacket. Even in public pools or water parks, on a dock, boat or jet ski accidents happen in all levels of water. Young children and anyone who cannot swim well should wear a life jacket when they are in or around water.

Our Lifejackets are designed for all boating activities and water conditions. Each has its own maximum buoyancy, performance level, and limitations. You should choose your life jacket based on your boating activities and conditions.

In the past lifejackets were a simple design which was a vest made out of wood or cork. Best example is Titanic. Improvements have been made over many years to make a design that keeps your head above water.

More than two-thirds of all boating fatalities are drowning incidents and 90% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. Yet, millions of people still go out on boats without it. So get a life jacket that is comfortable so that you will wear all the time.

I hope this will help you to understand why you should wear a lifejacket. There are many different types to choose for all types of water activity  from leading manufacturers Seago, Ocean Safety, Crewsaver, Spinlock and Marinepool at Marine Supplies Direct.

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Marine Epoxy filler to use below the waterline

Marine epoxy fillers products are used for filling on metal, glassfibre, wood etc., it is easy to  smooth and sanding, with no shrinkage can be used above or below the waterline. It has numerous uses around the boat, car or home.

Natural characteristics being waterproof, it is a front runner for marine construction and repair. While there are a few options when it comes to boat repair, the filler seems to be the most favoured compound to use.

 

It consists of two parts 1:1 mix  It is crucial when using any epoxy, not just marine epoxy filler, that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Epoxy that has too much, or too little, hardener will not achieve full strength when cured.

Epoxy resins, hardeners, fillers and solvents contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Avoid getting them on your skin by wearing disposable gloves.

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