Facility

1. Does the equipment always need to be connected to the boat's battery?

No, we can choose between connecting the equipment to the boat's battery (12v or 24v), or connecting it directly to the port's 220v outlet using the power supply unit that is supplied with all the equipment. If it is necessary that the equipment is always connected in some way or another, at least while the boat is not in motion.

For the PRO-251 and PRO-252 units, with one and two transducers respectively, it is also possible to use the solar panel systems that are sold separately. These solar panel systems include a battery and a controller that self-manages energy to always keep the boat under protection, even in long periods of low solar irradiation.

 

2. Do I need to take the boat out of the water to install the system?

No, the system can be installed with the boat in the water since we do not have to make any holes in the bottom of the boat.

 

3. Should I make a hole in the hull of my boat?

No, you do not have to make any holes in the bottom of the boat. The ultrasound transducers are attached to the hull with a putty supplied with the equipment, they do not go through it. Keep in mind that the transducer must be placed in the bottom of the boat, so if your boat is a double hull or "sandwich" type we must find areas to access the bottom.

 

4. My boat has more than one hull (catamaran – trimaran). Do I have to put transducers in all helmets?

Yes, all hulls on your boat must have transducers installed. The Ultrasonic Antifouling system is based on vibrations that propagate through the hull, not through the water, so if we want to protect a hull it must have transducers attached to it. Each hull must be understood as a different boat. Catamaran or trimaran type vessels have a smaller beam than monohull vessels, so fewer transducers will be used to protect each hull of a catamaran or trimaran than on a single hull hull.

You can contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form you will find on our website, and we will guide you about the equipment your boat requires.

 

5. How many transducers should I install on my boat?

We have developed different equipment according to the length of your boat, taking into account that as the length increases, the width also increases.

For an overall length of up to 5 meters we recommend installing the PRO-251 unit, with 1 transducer; for lengths of up to 8 meters the PRO-252 equipment, with 2 transducers; for lengths of up to 11 meters the PRO-254 equipment, with 4 transducers; for lengths of up to 13 meters the PRO-256 equipment, with 6 transducers; and for lengths of up to 15 meters the PRO-258 equipment, with 8 transducers. For boats with greater lengths, more than one equipment must be installed, for example, in a 20-meter boat, 2 PRO-258 equipment must be installed.

Contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form you will find on our website if you are not sure what equipment is needed for your boat.

 

6. Can I install the system on a boat with a “sandwich” hull?

Yes, the system can be installed on a boat with a "sandwich" hull, but we must have access to the outer hull (the hull). Depending on the boat, this will determine the place chosen to place the transducers. Look for the areas where the two hulls meet, or make a hole in the inner hull to be able to place the transducer in the outer hull.

If you are not sure about the structure of your hull, we suggest you request information from the manufacturer of your boat, or contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form found on our website, and We will help you as much as possible.

 

7. Can I install the system on a double hull boat?

Yes, the system can be installed on a double hull boat, but we must have access to the outer hull (the hull). Depending on the boat, this will determine the place chosen to place the transducers. In boats where there is no access to the outer hull at all, look for the areas where the two hulls meet, or make a hole in the inner hull to be able to place the transducer in the outer hull.

If you are not sure about the structure of your hull, we suggest you request information from the manufacturer of your boat, or contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form found on our website, and We will help you as much as possible.

 

8. Who can install the equipment on my boat?

We have designed our antifouling systems so that the user himself can carry out the installation. An installation manual is delivered with all our products detailing the steps to be followed, as well as the best distribution of the transducers on the hull according to the type of boat.
If you still want an installer to carry out your installation, contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form you will find on our website and we will tell you where you can find specialized personnel.

 

Functioning

9. What happens if the equipment gets wet with water or some other liquid?

Absolutely nothing happens.

The transducers and cables have been designed so that they can work when flooded, so if we place them in the bilge and it fills with water or some other non-corrosive liquid, we don't have to worry about a thing.

The control box has also been designed to be watertight and not allow the entry of liquids inside it. In any case, we recommend not submerging it, since a bad installation of this can cause the loss of its sealing properties.

 

10. What electrical consumption does the equipment have?

Depending on the placement of the transducers, the equipment will have a different consumption. This is due to the fact that our equipment, when starting up, automatically adjusts to a certain vibration frequency, in order to make the hull vibrate better and obtain lower consumption. The best vibration frequency will not be the same for a transducer placed aft near the center line as it will be for a transducer placed on the side away from ribs.

In addition, the transducers, with a power of 25W each, are not continuously working, but rather generate impulses intermittently, thus achieving a significant reduction in consumption.

We can say that, approximately, a team of 2 transducers will have a consumption of around 0.25 Ah; a team of 4 transducers 0.5Ah; and a team of 8 1Ah transducers.

 

11. Is the use of this system harmful to marine life in any way?

Not at all. In fact, the Ultrasonic Antifouling system is much more environmentally friendly than any other antifouling technique used up to now.

This system does not kill or drive away marine life around the boat, it just does not allow it to adhere to it. In addition, with the ultrasonic system, we can do without the use of self-polishing antifouling paints that discard tons of solid waste into the sea every year.

 

12. Do I have to paint the boat with antifouling paint if I use the ultrasonic system?

The answer to this question is “it depends”.

If the boat sails very often, let's say three or more times a week, it will not be necessary to use antifouling paints to keep the hull of the boat impeccable, however, dirt may appear in the areas that are not subjected to friction. of the water when sailing, such as the transom, etc.; But if the boat is used to being moored for long periods, we recommend combining the ultrasound system with an antifouling paint. With the combination of both systems we will be able to keep the hull of the boat in perfect condition for three or four years, until the antifouling paint loses its properties, even with the boat moored for long periods.

If you want us to advise you about the types of paints, or your particular case, contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form that you will find on our website.

 

13. Can the structure of the boat be affected due to vibrations?

The answer is no. The vibration is practically imperceptible and the displacements generated are of the order of thousandths of a millimetre. It must be taken into account that the boat's engine generates much higher vibrations and these do not affect the structure of the boat.

 

14. Does the Ultrasonic Antifouling generate any type of interference with the instrumentation of my boat?

Not at all. It is impossible for this system to generate any kind of interference with the vessel's instrumentation. The system is based on vibrations (mechanical movement) and does not generate any type of electrical current or electromagnetic wave that could interfere with the instrumentation.

 

15. Does Ultrasonic Antifouling also work with tails, propellers, centerboards...?

Yes, the ultrasonic antifouling system protects any area that is somehow in contact with the hull. When installing the system, it must be taken into account that it is more difficult for the vibrations generated by the transducers to reach these areas, since they are not strictly part of the hull. For this reason, attempts will be made to place transducers as close as possible to these areas, and thus achieve good protection over them.

All equipment includes an installation manual detailing the best place to place the transducers according to the type of boat. If you still have doubts about the placement of the transducers, contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form that you will find on our website, and we will try to help you as much as possible.

 

16. Does this antifouling system work with hulls of any material?

Ultrasonic Antifouling works very well with fiber hulls, it works even better with metal hulls, but it does not work with wooden hulls. This is due to the fact that the vibrations propagate through the hull and the wood is a material that absorbs them, so it is impossible to propagate them.

If you have doubts about the proper functioning of the system on your boat, you can contact us through info@antifoulingultrasonico.com or the form that you will find on our website, and we will give you an answer to your specific case.

 

17. What is this ultrasonic antifouling based on?

The principle of Ultrasonic Antifouling is very simple. It is based on vibrating the hull of the boat at ultrasonic frequencies (from 20,000 to 50,000 vibrations per second). These vibrations are imperceptible to humans, since the hull moves a few thousandths of a millimeter, but they are enough to make the hull a hostile surface for any microorganism that tries to adhere to it.

Ultrasonic Antifouling only generates vibrations (mechanical movement). To prevent fouling, no type of electromagnetic wave, electric current, or the like is used.