FIXING AN OLD PROBLEM…
Imagine a world without harmful copper-based antifouling! Places like Washington in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden, the home of the Drive-in Boatwash®, are moving towards, or have already begun restricting the use or type of copper-based antifouling. Other jurisdictions, such as California, are encouraging the development and use of non-toxic, copper free antifouling for recreational vessels.
Copper-based antifouling continually releases copper into the marine environment, which is toxic to plant life and other organisms – that’s how it works! Unfortunately, levels of copper can build up to harmful levels, particularly in marinas and other areas with restricted water circulation.
Regular cleaning of boat hulls using methods such as the Drive-in Boatwash® can remove completely the need for antifouling coatings. This is exactly what has been achieved at the Bosö Boat club in Lidingö, Sweden, where members regularly use the Drive-in Boatwash® themselves to keep their boats clean and drag-free underneath. Additionally, the cleaning process uses no harmful chemicals or detergents!
Watch the video below for the full story about how this inspirational Swedish boat club has reduced antifouling use among its fleet to virtually zero.