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Old 01 March 2011, 04:20   #1
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Ultrasonic antifoul - discuss

Does anyone have any experience with these new systems. I would like to give it a go as we have plenty of power available, but dont want to spend 800+ on new "snake oil".
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Old 01 March 2011, 08:07   #2
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I think PBO tested one of the systems a year or so ago. I looked into them seriously as well, but on a swinging mooring the power supply was an issue. I don't think they are entirely effective, but if you really don't want to antifoul and don't mind an occasional haul out and pressure wash then they may be ok.
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I type this with gritted teeth, but have a look at YBW as they have discussed it in several lengthy threads.
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I installed a single transducer unit from 'Dave in Poole', 3 years ago, on the Mother Ship.
11m, marina berthed (shore power), racer/cruiser. (yes, that's a SAILING BOAT!)

The verdict......it helps but does not remove the need for antifouling. Albeit, I now spray only one thin coat of Nautix A4 TSpeed every year. It will have paid for itself by next year!!!

Dave couldn't really answer my questions on de-lamination, dead fish, stranded dolphins and brain tumours, but I gave it a go anyway.

Good luck
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Seems like I'm the kiss of death to a thread!
Maybe the word 'sailing' does it, or maybe it's me?

How are you getting on with your research Steve?
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Snake Oil

If you have to ask t'Internet if it works, it's Snake Oil. If it worked, it would be well known by now and you wouldn't have to ask.

Questions you will NOT see on Forums:
Does ABS in cars actually work?
Do PLB's really send help?
Does expensive, ugly, boat devaluing, sweat inducing Anti-fouling actually work?
'Cos you KNOW they do.

Questions you WILL see on forums:
Does Ultrasonic Anti-fouling work?
Does Ultrasonic Pest Control work?
Does this explosive divining rod/sensor work?
Does this magnet bracelet keep me healthy?
Does this copper (common as shit element) bracelet keep me healthy?
Does this conducting strip on my Astra bumper prevent car sickness?
Does this magnetic gizmo on my oil line to the C/H really make the oil molecules burn more efficiently? (srsly guys, c'mon!)
Does this "220V voltage regulator" really save me 5% off my bills?

All of these have two things in common, they function "invisibly" and the buyers WANTS them to work. I smell a placebo effect.

Sorry if I sound like a cynical old bastard. I am
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Sorry if I sound like a cynical old bastard. I am
You're just trying to hide from the fact that you've been victim of all of the scams at some point and learnt the hard way
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Wilk, once again you seem to hit it on the head every time and bring a smile to our faces.

Plan B it is then, I already have a garage full of snake oil
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A customer of mine has managed to find a self assembly kit of parts for "ultrasonic antifouling" for less than 100, sourced from Australia.

At that price he reckoned it was worth a try.

It might keep a few barnacles away.
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A customer of mine has managed to find a self assembly kit of parts for "ultrasonic antifouling" for less than 100, sourced from Australia.

At that price he reckoned it was worth a try.

It might keep a few barnacles away.
www.jaycar.com.au has them mail order from Australia. Not sure of the price.

They look pretty much the same as the commercial ones I saw at the Sydney Boat Show but I still don't want to be the guinea pig. I don't know anyone personally using it in Sydney so I will wait.
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