New Zealand’s Propspeed, an underwater coatings leader, is looking to expand its presence in the commercial market with the new Commercial Kit, which includes enough coating for more than 153 square feet of metal surface below the waterline.

Propspeed’s CEO Chris Baird said the new, larger kit came from more and more interest from larger commercial boats, including fishing vessels.

“We’ve seen tremendous interest in our product line in the commercial space. Whether a fishing boat, ferry, tug or luxury yacht, owners, operators and shipyards around the world are applying Propspeed for the protection from growth and corrosion it provides. We decided to offer our established product in a more convenient package for these vessels and look forward to making it just a little easier for marine industry professionals to purchase and apply the best foul-release coating,” Baird said.

Propspeed’s ultraslick coating is designed to prevent marine growth and corrosion on metal in propellers, as well as struts and shafts and other underwater metals. The coating, which includes an etching primer and a clear coat, bonds to metal surfaces, making them slick and growth-free. This helps achieve optimal speed, save on fuel, and prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species from region to region. Many fishermen have been using Propspeed as an easy way to increase efficiency.

Andrew Stark, CEO for Ocean Fisheries, said Propspeed has become routine maintenance for the vessels in his fleet.

“The benefits of Propspeed are definitely noticeable in terms of a much cleaner propeller when we haul the vessel for survey, maintenance and repairs. Application of Propspeed has now become a must-do job at all haul-outs,” Stark said.

Tuna skipper Bob Cook, from National Geographic’s show “Wicked Tuna,” has also had success with Propspeed.

“Last season, I had Propspeed products applied on my wheel, rudder, underwater lights and transducer. Fat Tuna looks as fresh hauling out as the day she went in for the season,” Cook said.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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