McLube™ Antifoul Speed Polish Wins SAIL Magazine's Innovative Product of the Year Award

1/28/2013

7881_pittman2013Aston, PA—Team McLube is thrilled to announce that our new Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish was selected by SAIL Magazine as a category winner in their prestigious 2013 Freeman K. Pittman Innovation Awards. SAIL's "FKP Award" is a long-standing industry award that recognizes and celebrates the best and brightest new ideas in marine-equipment design and build. We are thrilled to be featured as one of their Racing category winners.

The concept for this innovative new product came from carefully listening to our customers' feedback and incorporating their suggestions into a cutting-edge, fully-biodegradable product. "Our customers asked us to solve the age-old problem of keeping their hulls clean when they're left in the water for weeks at a time," said Ward McClatchy, president of McGee Industries, Inc. "I think we've come up with an excellent environmentally-friendly solution that's already earning industry respect."

Team McLube's new, long-lasting, citrus-based Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish is formulated to keep your hull (or any underwater surface) fast, clean and pristine for weeks. This entirely new product applies quickly and easily to any size sailboat or powerboat and renders a showroom-quality shine on hulls, propellers and other fittings and surfaces. To quote SAIL Magazine's editors, McLube's Antifoul Alternative is "a slippery speed polish that impedes marine growth and keeps your hull fair and fast for days and even weeks of in-water use."

While this environmentally-friendly product left plenty of clean wake lines at this year's Key West Race Week—where it was used extensively by many top teams—Team McLube's Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish has been aggressively field-tested on a variety of sail and power boats for the past two years. Irrespective of whether the goal was winning medals in the London 2012 Olympics or sprinting around the globe aboard PUMA Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), McLube's Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish delivered premium results.

"Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish was the final touch to our hull preparation before going into the water at the 2012 Paralympic Games," said both Jen French—a Silver medalist at the London 2012 Paralympics in the SKUD-18 class and US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year— and her crewmate, JP Creignou. "It really helped to keep the bottom clean, especially when the boat is required to stay in the water for the entire six-day event."

Dave Hughes, a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider coach for the 2012 Games, uses Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish on his RIB coach boat all over the world and reports that it's also a fantastic product for powerboat owners. "The Antifoul Polish worked wonders," said Hughes. "We easily hand polished the coach boat in a few minutes and then launched it for two weeks of coaching in Spain. There was zero appreciable growth on the boat after spending fourteen days on the Med, but the real shocker was when the other coach boats came out of the water, covered in slime and hard-to-clean marine growth." 

Fortunately, the benefits of McLube's Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish aren't limited to small boats. "We applied the Antifoul Polish at every haul-out stopover, and I can report NO GROWTH-completely clean hull surfaces-following each leg of the VOR," said Tim Hacket, PUMA Ocean Racing's Shore Team Manager. "We're very pleased with the results of this new product."

So whether your goal is to stand on the podium more often this year or to simply lay down quicker cruising miles, be sure to use this breakthrough product anywhere that your hull touches water. Please look for McLube's New Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish at your favorite chandlery or online store, available now, worldwide. 

The McLube™ Division of McGee Industries has been manufacturing high-technology mold releases, dry film lubricants, anti-tack coatings, and specialty and industrial lubricants since 1954. Team McLube are specialists in assessing complex processes and developing smart solutions.
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