Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

World-first vibrating, underwater barnacle buster gets thumbs-up

by Sail-World Cruising round-up on 11 Dec 2012
The Waveblade tool - going to the next level, mining, oil and shipping industries .. .
The new world-first Waveblade barnacle remover may mean a seismic shift in the way we clean our sailing boat hulls, but more than that, there's a Scottish bank who thinks it's worth an investment of £550,000 to take the invention to the next level - that is, appealing to major oil, gas and shipping companies.

The natty small tool, which comes with many different blade heads for different uses, sends multi directional vibration through the blade into the unwanted marine growth. It effortlessly removes biofouling organisms from any type of hull surface, as well as propellers, shafts, drives and trim tabs, and it does it both above and below the waterline.

The manufacturers, who have patented the device, say it can be used on fiberglass hulls, wooden hulls, steel hulls, gel coat hulls, aluminum hulls, plastic hulls, PVC hulls, inflatables, Running Gear, propeller shafts, outdrives, trim tabs/rudders, z-drives, keel coolers and bow thrusters. However, while that's great for leisure sailors and other boaters, they also claim it has a future use for concrete foundations, Underwater piping, steel structures, dock pilings and plastic docks.

One of the best things is that it is waterproof to 15 feet, and is gentle on the antifoul that is present. The Waveblade uses a safe, standard 12V DC power source and is attached to a 45-foot cable to provide substantial reach from the surface.

The Waveblade can be used with 4 different blades:
A 3' multipurpose scraper in powder-coated steel for bulk removal (comes standard)
A flat chisel scraper (also standard)
A 3' multipurpose scraper for delicate surfaces
Half-round and chisel scrapers for tighter areas
All blades are available in powder-coated steel or stainless-steel for underwater use.

It's easy to see that the Waveblade is environmentally safer than most methods of cleaning, with minimal pollution. It will drastically reduce carbon emissions from craft by returning hulls to factory efficiency and doing the job is made very much easier than it previously was, as the tool requires little effort. If you're ready to do the job underwater, think what a saving that is in haul-out fees.

Leveraging on what seems like an amazing invention, Waveblade has raised the £550,000 in a deal with Glasgow-based business syndicate Kelvin Capital and the Scottish Investment Bank.

This deal completion has driven the launch of Waveblade Ltd – established to develop a new product pipeline aimed at the commercial sector. The deal will leverage the product and market experience held by current Waveblade customers from the amateur boat sector. This will allow the business to expand globally with new applications in oil, gas and mining also being explored.

'I am delighted to be taking Waveblade to the next level,' Hugh Fisher, entrepreneur and inventor of the Waveblade, told the media this week. 'The different applications of my patented technology present the company with a unique opportunity in a number of business sectors including marine and oil and gas.'

For more information about this new technology, go to the new http://www.waveblade.com/!Waveblade_website

To see a demonstration of how it works, watch the video:

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted today at 12:16 pm
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Can World Sailing learn from dear old Oz?
Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint Some time ago now, Sail-World proposed that ISAF had a really good opportunity at hand when it morphed into World Sailing (WS). Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint, when you could bring out the jackhammers and do a proper reno??? A call was issued for 200,000 sets of goggles and earmuffs to be supplied and for the real work to be commenced.
Posted on 11 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Lancer Lasts LongerT Clewring J-classSouthern Spars - 100