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I have been in touch with the NZ distributors as I was interested in the AquaCote Prop product.  Although you can buy the stuff in the UK on line, they won't sell to the public here, they insist on applying themselves.  Shame as I was interested.  The distributor is in Whangarei, http://www.nzmarinedistribution.co.nz/

 

GBP$89.00 for a 250ml pot that should do a 20 inch 3 blade prop 2.5 times.

 

No reason you couldn't buy it from the UK and get it shipped, possibly through a UK relative or friend if they didn't ship internationally.

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So it seems there's a few different products that fall into this 'slippy coating' approach.

 

There's Intersleek - requires commercial application though the process looks quite straight forward.  -  http://www.international-marine.com/foulrelease/slime-release-coatings.aspx

An applicator here - http://oceaniamarinecoatings.co.nz/capabilities/intersleek/

 

There's Aquaguard - which is an American product as far as I can tell though I'm not actually sure that's actually in the slippy range - http://flexdel.com/products/bottom-paint-water-based-anti-foulant-paints-for-fiberglass-wooden-boats/

This has an exclusive supplier that will only apply it as part of selling the product - http://www.nzmarinedistribution.co.nz/#!antifoul-foul-release-systems/ccyo

 

There's the Aqua-Cote range - a british based product which I reckon is the one KM actually first post about - https://www.aqua-cote.com/pages/hull-preparation-maintenance

So far no distributer in NZ - IT?

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Scottie - there is a NZ distributor as I noted in my post.  They do have a network of applicators.  I don't want to have an applicator do the job.  They say that they don't sell to public.  They will not get any of my money then - I can follow instructions as per the video just as well as the "certified" applicator.

 

TuffyLuffy - contacted the UK AquaCote people who seem to think I should be able to source the product directly.  Go figure.

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Dtwo - I viewed their web page and the NZ distributor you noted distribute Aquaguard products from the States - nothing on there about Aquacote Marine products from the UK. 

 

Did you establish something different - quite keen to at least look at the Aquacote product

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Dtwo - I viewed their web page and the NZ distributor you noted distribute Aquaguard products from the States - nothing on there about Aquacote Marine products from the UK. 

 

Did you establish something different - quite keen to at least look at the Aquacote product

I contacted the parent UK company and got the NZ details.  Just got a response from the UK to say that it is up to the individual country as to how they distribute - I'm not satisfied but whatever.  Unless you want to have some random bloke turn up and apply it, you will need to look at alternatives.  I'm unhappy as I believe that I can do an equivalent or better job (I have motivation), and the only reason I don't get that chance is that the local distributor has decided it is a better business model to have "certified" applicators. He won't get my money.

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That aside, choosing not to advertise on your website a product you (apparently) sell, nor identifying who your nationally approved applicators are seems like a very strange business model indeed. Especially when you do advertise a product that essentially competes with it.

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