Part 7 of 7: Getting a CopperCoat Antifoul and Servicing

This is the final part in my seven part series of going from the US Virgin Islands to Wilmington, North Carolina. Below the list of previous videos and articles there’s a video showcasing our experiences getting a CopperCoat antifoul and servicing job – more about that written down below. If you’ve missed any of the previous articles/videos, here’s a list of them:

Part 7 of 7: Getting a CopperCoat Antifoul and Servicing VIDEO

My family and I had several reasons for sailing to America. The first reason was to excape the tropical hurricane season. Our insurance company requested that we sailed above the 30 North latitude line before the end of June.

The 30 North line is roughly parallel to Jacksonville Florida

Having family in North Carolina, only a couple states north of Florida, we decided to base ourselves in Wilmington, a city off the coast of North Carolina. We wanted to take a break from sailing, visit with family and put our 6 year old daughter, Sienna, into school for a term.

The video shows our haul out at Bennett Brothers Yachts – in Wilmington, footage of the CopperCoat antifoul process, what my family did while off the boat, work and trips we took to the boat while she was on the hard and finally, I have some clips showcasing Britican going back into the water.

If you’ve never taken a boat out of the water through the use of a crane this video will be helpful in that it demonstrates the process

Furthermore, many readers on my various social media platforms have show a large interest in CopperCoat. This video will show various images and clips of the stages Britican went through to get the job done.

While getting work done in Wilmington, North Carolina my husband, daughter and I moved into my brother’s house in Cary, North Carolina. For six weeks we spent time with my brother and his family in addition to spending time with my mom and step-day.

The work we had completed included a full rigging check with some repairs, new anodes for the bottom of the boat, getting one of our alternators fixed, some minor engine repairs, our bowthruster fixed, a new VHF radio installed (after our incident with the US Navy – read Part 5 of 7: Sailing to Fort Lauderdale Florida (USVI to North Carolina) for that story, and the main work was getting a CopperCoat antifoul treatment applied to the bottom of the boat.

CopperCoat Anitfoul

Antifoul is needed to keep barnacles and other marine growth from growing

Any growth on the bottom of a boat will drastically slow the boat down. Considering that sailboats are slow to begin with, most sailors work hard to prevent growth.

Normal antifoul treatments last around a year or two whereas CopperCoat antifoul should last 8 to 10 years. It’s very expensive but, in theory, a boat owner should save money in antifoul costs, labor, and haul out charges over the long run.

If you’re thinking about getting a CopperCoat antifoul treatment please email me at if you have any questions. My husband, Simon, or I would be happy to explain our experience.

CopperCoat Antifoul

Plans changed!

Interestingly, an on par with our past experience, our plans had to be changed. The work on the boat went as scheduled however my plans to put our daughter, Sienna, into school in Wilmington did not.

The school districted to the marina in Wilmington is a rough inner city school with several children with behavior issues. After enquiring about other schools and looking into private options nothing was working out.

Schools outside the district would not take a child that didn’t live there. Private schools cost the same amount as me hiring a full time teacher to live on our boat! We had to look for other solutions.

My husband, Simon, and I travelled up and down the North Carolina coast. Either our boat wouldn’t fit into a marina (draft too deep or mast too high to pass under bridges) or the school district wasn’t a good one.

Our search led us to Charleston, South Carolina…

…one state below North Carolina and a four hour drive from my family (Wilmington was a 2 hour drive).

One thing led to another and we found a marina that allows live-aboards and an excellent school. Although the distance between my family and our new home increased it was a no-brainer solution.

Never did I think I’d be living in Charleston, South Carolina but then again, never did I think I’d buy a 56’ Oyster and sail the world 😉

So…the plan now is to chill out for a bit, allow Sienna to grasp the concept of education, do some cosmetic work on the boat (re-do the teak deck sicoflex, renew our ceiling lights, caulk our bathrooms, make new curtains, cockpit cushions and covers and more.

Simon, Sienna and I have been sailing for 2 ½ years and we’ve been going non-stop for around 15 months without staying anywhere longer than a few weeks. After our 6-month wintering in Marina Di Ragusa in Sicily we’ve been sailing the Med, the Atlantic and the Caribbean.

But who knows what’s around the corner?!