Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sheep: 1; Barnacles: 0

Mike of s/v Chalice has a simple tip for keeping your prop clean.  Given Washington State's recent banning of all copper-based bottom paint, we may be smearing this over our entire hulls.

Do you hate cleaning barnacles off your propeller?

Once cleaned, just cover with anhydrous lanolin. It's fairly cheap and stays put. It can be applied under water and is totally Eco-friendly. If you use your boat you will have to reapply. Not sure how long it will last, but it's fairly cheap and it only takes a little. It is grease made from sheep's wool. Just warm up the container to make it easier to apply. Side benefit is that it will make your hands nice and soft.

Example of someone else that uses it.

Example of where to buy.


  1. I applied Prop Shield (also lanolin based) to our prop last September - only time will tell if it works. I hope so, since it's really easy (though greasy) to work with.

  2. Lotte -

    Please blog about your results when you know.

    Have you applied it under water?


  3. Will do :-)
    I applied it when we were still on jacks, so I don't know how it is to apply it under water.


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