Miracle Protectants, Ataturk, and Deed-restricted Communities


Miracle Protectants, Ataturk, and Deed-restricted Communities

Several readers have forwarded me a press release on the latest high-tech nano-coating – a spray on glass coating designed to protect a wide range of surfaces from . . . well, just about anything. According to the press release, the nanotechnology product, developed in Turkey and owned by a German company, yields a harmless spray that can protect virtually any surface against dirt and mildew and weathering for up to a year.

Is this the long-sought, miracle marine protectant for boaters? Will this mean that vinyl seat cushions (the notorious mildew magnet) might make a comeback? Maybe, but given our experience with waxes and miracle coatings, Im dubious . . . very dubious that a spray-on product could stand up to a year of exposure in the marine environment. But spraying a silicate on your hull might not be the wisest course of action if you plan to paint it down the road. Ordinary silicone is already the bane of professional boat painters, causing all sorts of adhesion troubles. As tech editor Ralph Naranjo found out in our topside paint test, the best paint isn’t worth a damn if it doesn’t stick.

Nevertheless, my interest is piqued. If the test on Ataturks mausoleum works out, the spray-on glass may be just what I need to keep the local homeowners association – and their incessant requests that I pressure wash my driveway – out of my life.

Darrell Nicholson
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at darrellnicholson.com.