Barnacles are living marine creatures, crustaceans closely related to shrimp, crabs, and lobsters. They are fascinating animals that eat with specialized appendages and secrete a sticky substance that quickly hardens into cement. This stuff is a powerful adhesive, with a strength of between 22 and 60 pounds per square inch. It’s the strongest natural glue out there, which means that barnacles on boats are more than a little challenging to remove.
How To Remove Barnacles
The best way to deal with barnacles is to take care of them as quickly as possible, rather than letting a colony flourish on the underside of your craft. The longer they stick around, the more difficult they are to remove and the more likely the removal process is to cause damage. There are two methods to rid your boat of barnacles:
- Pressure washing: this approach works well when there are a lot of barnacles on your boat and you can leave your vessel out of the water long enough to dry out the creatures.
- Scraping: if you are able to keep up with the task of removing the critters on a regular basis, scraping them off with a utility knife is the quickest method.
Barnacles on boats are a nuisance for any boat owner. The sooner you deal with them, the easier it is to remove them and the less likely the process is to do damage.