“Before using Propspeed, we had as much as 4 inches of growth on the propeller shaft. With Propspeed applied, our running gear is now free of growth.”
Captain, Yankee Freedom III
Yankee Freedom III is the official ferry of Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions, 70 miles from Key West, Florida.
The high-speed catamaran operates seven days a week, carrying passengers to the park’s seven small islands and its crown jewel, historic Fort Jefferson. Once used as a prison during the Civil War, the massive brick fortress is now one of Florida’s most popular tourist attractions, and its scenic surroundings and turquoise waters offer visitors ample opportunities for snorkeling and nature exploration.
As its name suggests, Yankee Freedom III is the third vessel in the fleet, having replaced Yankee Freedom II in 2012. The ferry covers 150 miles seven days a week year-round, with a working speed of 29 knots and passenger capacity of 175.
Prior to using Propspeed, the vessel had significant growth on its prop shafts, which caused severe strain on the engine. When a diver was sent down to inspect the running gear, he noticed as much as 4 inches of grey moss growing along the shaft.
Yankee Freedom III’s captain, Rick Gauron, knew there was a solution out there, having heard rave reviews of Propspeed from boat owners throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The powerful adherence of Propspeed’s etch combined with the environmental benefits of using a biocide-free foul-release system rather than traditional antifoul made Propspeed the obvious choice.
Propspeed was promptly applied to Yankee Freedom III’s props and shafts at her next haul-out and is now an essential part of her servicing every year. She hasn’t had any marine-growth issues since.
Rick has become such a fan that he insists on having Propspeed on his 35-foot Henriques sport fisher to help protect his own running gear.
What size Propspeed kit do I need?
200ml: up to 0.4m2 or 4.3ft2
500ml: up to 1m2 or 10.75ft2
1 liter: up to 2m2 or 21.5ft2
How does Propspeed work?
Is Propspeed environmentally friendly?
How long does Propspeed last?
Will Propspeed lose its effectiveness if my boat is out on the water for a period of time?
Can Propspeed protect against Zebra mussels and other freshwater growth?
Can I apply Propspeed myself?
What is the shelf life of Propspeed
The date of manufacture should be clearly labelled on your kit and components