Netherlands-based H2O BoatCare has expanded into the United States market with its environmentally-friendly device that fights off algae and barnacles from yachts, resulting in fuel cost savings and reduced maintenance.
H2O BoatCare’s equipment employs ultrasonic sound vibrations, which are 25,000 times stronger than previous technology, to keep yacht hulls free of algae, barnacles, mussels and oysters. H2O BoatCare is easy to use, eliminating the need for scrubbing, while also reducing the need for boat lifting and the use of antifouling paint.
The vibrations created by the devise destroy the organisms before they adhere to the boat hull, leaving a clean, smooth-sailing vessel. Long-term use of H2O BoatCare results in significant fuel and maintenance savings, the manufacturer claims. Flexible installation options include a portable system for yachts that are away for long periods of time or a fixed system for yachts moored in a marina slip.
Algae and barnacles slow down yachts while increasing fuel consumption by 9 percent on average during the first year alone. H2O BoatCare says using its system can cut the vessel’s fuel consumption by up to 20 percent in the first year.