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Dog Fish Tools take over Waveblade Ltd

Dog Fish Tools take over Waveblade

Dog Fish Tools Ltd are pleased to announce the take over of the Waveblade product in its entirety. There will be a keen focus on excellence in customer service, product development and quality. We are very excited to bring this awesome product to market under the Dog Fish Tool banner.

Waveblade Postpones Yard Time of 170ft Bennetti

Waveblade Postpones Yard Time of 170ft Bennetti

As 1st Mate I am responsible for the care of a 52m Bennetti above and below the waterline. I spent a few days doing the props and rudders. It took around 10 hours in total to get them perfect. The Waveblade has allowed us to postpone our planned yard period, keeping the owner happy. I am really impressed with the product and would fully recommend it to any Yachts. Its stood up to solid 2.5 hour sessions underwater for 4-5 days of constant use, no problem.

Navy Finds it is Cheaper to Maintain than Fuel Fouled Hulls

Navy Finds it is Cheaper to Maintain than Fuel Fouled Hulls

Source: Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA. mschultz@usna.edu

In the present study, the overall economic impact of hull fouling on a mid-sized naval surface ship (Arleigh Burke-class destroyer DDG-51) has been analyzed. A range of costs associated with hull fouling was examined, including expenditures for fuel, hull coatings, hull coating application and removal, and hull cleaning. The results indicate that the primary cost associated with fouling is due to increased fuel consumption attributable to increased frictional drag. The costs related to hull cleaning and painting are much lower than the fuel costs. The overall cost associated with hull fouling for the Navy’s present coating, cleaning, and fouling level is estimated to be $56M per year for the entire DDG-51 class or $1B over 15 years. The results of this study provide guidance as to the amount of money that can be reasonably spent for research, development, acquisition, and implementation of new technologies or management strategies to combat hull fouling.