Anti-fouling and rremoving paint from the bottom of a boat by SodaBlasting is a win-win for both boatyard owners and the independent Preferred Contractors who perform the work. For the yards, SodaBlasting is faster, cleaner, less expensive and environmentally friendly.

The actual SodaBlasting step only takes a few hours and, depending on the size of the boat, the entire process can be completed in a day or less.

For the contractors, it provides an excellent opportunity to own their own business and provide a service that is in high demand.
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Freindly Too How do they do That!
"The environmental friendliness of the SodaBlaster, its ability to safely and accurately remove many layers of old anti-fouling coating and the speed in which even large jobs are accomplished make the Soda-Blaster from Soda-Blast-Systems invaluable."
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Blasted wet to control dust
Antique wooden hull being stripped of lacquer
Ribbed hull having its Anti-foul removed
Spotting blisters on an unpainted hull is usually obvious. But when the bottom is camouflaged with multiple layers of paint and marine growth, a less labour-intensive approach is needed. Unlike sanding or corrosive chemicals, Soda-Blasting boats removes old coats of antifoulant and blisters quickly, without damaging non-blistered, bare gelcoat, and then properly prepares the surface for repair—all in one operation.

Blisters are most often caused by osmotic intrusion of water into the hull. As water molecules enter the hull, they pick up acids and other chemicals that alter their composition and size, making the molecules larger and trapping them inside. Since these molecules are unable to find their way out, pressure builds up and forces the gelcoat to separate from the fiberglass, forming a blister. If the blister breaks while immersed, it allows for greater water intrusion into the fiberglass laminate, and perpetrates the blistering process to deeper levels.

Traditional blister repair involves grinding, sanding or sandblasting the hull. This process is time-consuming, labour intensive and, unless extreme care is taken, can result in severe or permanent damage to the gelcoat and fiberglass laminate.

Soda-Blast-Systems, provides a fast, effective and controlled alternative to these conventional methods.

In the SodaBlasting process, a non-destructive stream of specially formulated baking soda is delivered under high pressure is used to strip the antifoulant paint and open the blister. Then, to prepare the surface for repair and repainting, the affected area around the blister is feathered by split-second, swirled "micro-blasting." This finishes the surface in preparation for repair. The entire process can be accomplished in 1/10 the time as traditional techniques, resulting in a properly prepared surface that is ready for blister repair and painting.

Soda-Blasting Boats is also environmentally friendly, a major concern for repair yards and marinas. Minimal plastic tenting installed around the work area contains the soda and old paint for proper disposal.
Removing bottom paint by SodaBlasting is a win-win for both boatyard owners and the independent Preferred Contractors who perform the work. For the yards, SodaBlasting is faster, cleaner, less expensive and environmentally friendly. For the contractors, it provides an excellent opportunity to own their own business and provide a service that is in high demand.

Robert May operates a Soda-Blasting business, what started as a part-time job has grown. "The demand in the marine market is growing and I can't keep up with it by myself," he said.

Boat owners, yard and marina owners also benefit from contracting the work. Independent Preferred Contractors bring their mobile equipment directly to the site, and install plastic tenting around the boat, perform the Sodablasting and then wrap up the paint and other residue for disposal. This contains potential environmentally damaging pollutants and keeps neighbouring boats free from dust or debris. "By tenting the boat we protect the air and water as well as all the other boats from getting dirty, and that's a draw as well," May added.

The actual SodaBlasting step only takes a few hours and, depending on the size of the boat, the entire process can be completed in a day or less.
Yacht owners can rest easier these days, now that Soda-Blast-Systems are able to provide their environmentally friendlier anti-fouling service across an increasing number of marinas.

By using Soda-Blast-Systems a 35ft yacht with a 9ft beam can be strip and ready for painting in under 4hours.

Soda-Blast-Systems out perform alternative methods due to the inherent properties of the Soda and the delivery system used by the Soda-Blaster.
Win-win for Yard & Owners
TREATING AND REMOVING BOAT BLISTERS THE EASY WAY
Team 25 Racing
Team 25 Racing has evolved over the past 30 years to the present format. From Scott's earliest involvement watching his father racing, through to preparing for the forthcoming season, this exciting team has ambition and desire that will ensure that 100% effort will be applied to reach the goals set.
Sunseeker XS 2000 purchased for the forthcoming season.
 
Endurance events such as the Poole - Cherbourg and the Cowes - Torquay - Cowes are now on the schedule for this newly revived team.
 
Wildcard entry into the P1 Powerboat series is also on the cards for 2009/10.
A small selection of the tropies won by the team over the years
Link to Team 25 Main Site
Soda-Blast-Systems wish 'Team 25 Racing' every success in their forthcoming events and are proud to have helped out in a small way with their preparations.
The best way to control dust in a Marina is to 'Tent' the blasting area.

Sheeting is use to form a covered area around the water line, which is then splayed out to form a working area under cover, thus producing a controlled environment.

A further sheet is then used to cover the floor area in order to catch and control the barnacles, soda and anti-foul coating, ready for disposal.

The extremities of the sheeting is retained by weights or sleepers etc. to hold down the edges of the tent.

A 'double flap vent' is then created at the rear to allow air to flow out of the controlled area. Any Soda dust that escapes can be rinsed away when cleaning up at the end of the job.
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