stated HySpeedKote is a polymer coating which, when applied to a surface,
attracts and chemically bonds water molecules to it.
the coating has dried, the boat is launched and left in the water
for an hour. This is called the wet-out period. During this time the
polymer in Hyspeedkote slowly expands just as a dry sponge does after
being placed in water.
of the expanding polymer as millions of small branches growing from
the bottom surface of your boat. At the end of each branch are free
hydroxyl (OH) radicals. Like magnets, these hydroxyls bond the water
molecules to the polymer. This is how Hyspeedkote keeps a continuous
film of water on hulls to reduce drag.
The kinematic friction or drag is now reduced because the surface
pushing through the water is in fact water.
idea for Hyspeedkote was first developed in the chemistry labs of
the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada by Professor Emeritus
of Chemistry Dr. H. D. Gesser. It was tested and comercialized by
D. Lafreniere, also from Winnipeg and now with Marine Polymer Group,