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Ultrasonic antifouling for boats - test start

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Created by warwickl > 9 months ago, 26 May 2012
warwickl
NSW, 1249 posts
18 May 2013 10:50AM
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Short update:

All is still going reasonably well with the system. I have not used my boat much over the last 12 months so a real test for the system.

Slime was building up and a couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to go boating for 3 days and motored for about 8 hours, this action caused most of the slime to come off the hull.

At this point in time there a few small shell fish on the hull and barnicals on the trim tabs all else looks reasonable and now about 18 months since the last antifouling.

The issue with the trim tabs is that they are isolated from the boat hull so the signal does not reach them - this is the explaination from CleanAboat.

Normally I need to get the boat antifouled every 12 months so about 6 months in front so far, however I have lost a bit of boat top end speed.

galena
2 posts
16 Jul 2013 5:54AM
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I'm new to this forum and I was researching the topic of ultrasonic antifouling and came across this interesting discussion. What made me a little bit concerned is the fact that "warwicki" has dozens of photographs of his installed unit along with hull photos. I can't remember the last time I took a photo of anything on my boat. Also who would take that kind of time to download photos and continue to promote a branded product unless they had a vested interest in it. Maybe the question should be does "warwicki" work for "clean a boat"? I was hoping for a random members opinion of the ultrasonic antifouling system. Does anyone other than Mr. Clean a Boat have a system installed? I would like to hear your thoughts about it.

Ramona
NSW, 5210 posts
16 Jul 2013 8:50AM
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I am fairly confident warwicki is being honest in his appraisal of the system he has installed. The results are at least what I would expect and are probably more down to paint quality and suitability, paint thickness and water conditions. Every slip time the results vary. I can see how on a power boat the system may work but on a yacht with a fin keel in lead or cast iron there is no way it can work. I only know one person who has the system and I have never managed to catch him when his yacht first gets hauled! He always says the saildrive stays reasonably clean, the rest of the hull the same as normal. I want to see it with my own eyes.
I see plenty of yachts that have not been slipped for two years come up the slips with just some slime and the odd shell on metal.

Don't drink the Cool aid!

Toph
WA, 1458 posts
16 Jul 2013 11:45AM
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Galena,
You are brand new to this site it seems. Stick around and you will indeed see that there are members here that truely are dedicated to the forum without a commercial agenda.

galena
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17 Jul 2013 5:27AM
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Toph: I understand your position completely. Yes I am a new member. However as an owner of a company that manufactures several products my concerns about his biased opinions are at the very least concerning. Imagine yourself in a position to speak positively about a product that is working as it's supposed to on your own vessel. In the course of singing it's praises on this forum, which is what I would expect, would you take the time to post numerous photos along with informational details about the product? I typically don't see this type of enthusiasm unless there is something to be gained. I understand that his product is a tough one to sell. He has to convince everyone of the technology first before he can get anyone to listen seriously. I'm in the same position in that I've researched several of them without jumping aboard. It's very tough without an independant lab posting some results. Everyone claims to be the best. My formal education was in electrical engineering so I understand the principals involved. In theory it should work. I guess in the end my greatest risk is the $1500 I'm investing should I decide to give it a try. If I do I'll make sure to post my results. As for "Warwikl" I'll be the first to appologize if my concerns are unjustified.

warwickl
NSW, 1249 posts
18 Jul 2013 9:07AM
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Galena

I suggest that you open your mind a bit as there are at least 2 other reasons why I am motivated to provide an ongoing review and your view of my motivation is incorrect.

With the attitude you have displayed so far I doubt if you would understand what my motivations are.

As you follow this specific forum you will observe there are many people with open minds that are happy to help each other.

I hope you are more open minded and less cynical in your own business.

Stay with this forum and it may help improve you view of the world.



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