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Electronic Fouling Control utilises advanced ultrasonic antifouling technology to create an effective and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional marine antifouling.

How it works

EFC, also known as ultrasonic antifouling is an antifouling system that uses pulses of ultrasonic waves to deter microorganisms from attaching themselves to your motorboat or sailboats hull. The removal of these microorganisms is important in the antifouling process as their presence creates a habitat/food source for larger aquatic organisms such as barnacles.

Boats spend the majority of time under the surface and over time this build up of organisms and algae will cause problems to performance. Fouling (the name of this build up) can appear after only a few weeks which is why it is important to be proactive with your boat care.

The ultrasonic frequencies are delivered, to the boat hull through a series of transducers, that are, attached to the inside of the bilge area, meaning no through-hull drilling, is required.

The pulsing ultrasonic waves create areas of negative and positive pressure resulting in micro jets effectively creating an invisible shield around the boat hull, leading to the destruction of the single-cell microorganisms (Algae). Leaving your vessel with a clean hull and no marine growth.

Ultrasonic Antifouling is an Eco-Friendly solution to Marine Fouling

EFC utilises advanced ultrasonic technology, to create an effective and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional marine fouling control. It is easy to install and requires NO thru-hull drilling, it remains the best, most cost effective solution for your boat.

There are no harmful chemicals used or heavy metals which are typically used as biocides in other forms of anti-fauling. This of course eliminates the environmental risks that those methods present such as sea contamination and harm to aquatic life.

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Superyacht using Ultrasonic Antifouling, keeping it safe for 365 days.

24/7 Protection with no loss in performance

Where conventional antifoul will slowly lose effectiveness over time, the ultrasonic transducer technology EFC utilises will continue to work at the same level of optimised power, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Stopping marine growth and helping increase your hull efficiency and maintaining peak performance, and ultimately saving on fuel and maintenance costs.

Save considerable fuel

A hull that doesn’t have the advantage of one of our Electronic Fouling Control systems can use up to 30% more fuel than one that does! This is due to the micro-organisms and algae building up and causing drag underwater. The ultrasonic waves EFC delivers removes this issue, meaning you can maintain a consistent speed with improved manoeuvrability and ultimately, save fuel! 

Designed in the UK

All products are UK designed, developed and manufactured. Our kit brochure details the components, safety features and optional extras for each product so you know which is most suitable for your boat. Otherwise our technical support team can answer any questions you might have regarding the system or having it installed.

Marine Growth on hulls

Preventing or keeping Marine growth as minimal as possible is a continuous issue on marine vessels. This growth starts off as simple microorganisms, in which bactria attach forming whats known as a biological film. This film creates the perfect ecosystem for a myriad of alges, seaweeds, barnicles, muscles and other marine organisms to thrive in.

Previous Methods

This is commonly delt with in many ways such as: divers performing hull cleans underwater, or even hauling a vessel out of the water to power wash, clean and apply new paint to the hull. These methods are reactive however, unlike ultrasonic, which is a preventitive method. Many of the antifouling paints contain types of toxins which cause harmful effects to marine life and whilst more are being banned, you know that EFC is an environmentally friendly long term solution, continously helping to protect against such growth. This truly makes Ultrasonic Antifouling a great, cost effective system for managing growth.

Marine-Growth

Maintenance without an Ultrasonic System Installed

To keep on top of marine growth on a boat hull. Its recommended to haul it out and clean it once a year! Leaving it longer than 12 months can lead to even more costs in the long run. Once a marine growth starts to form on a Hull, it increases the chance of water penetration considerably. This also cases the Hull to be less streamline and will cause performance problems and poor fuel efficiency. With an ultrasonic system installed, its working all the time to keep your hull clean, helping you save some seroious money in the long run.

Cleaning and Painting

Once a hull is fully inspected, repaired and cleaned. It will need repainting. Ablaitve paints are used in most cases with recreational boaters but, this wears off over time.  Hard paints are used in high performance application, keeping drag to a minimum and maintaining performance to power ratios.

The Benefits of Ultrasonic Antifouling Systems

Yacht using Electronic Fouling Control AKA Ultrasonic Antifouling
Ultrasonic Antifouling Benefit 1

Environmentally friendly and will save marine life.

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Reliable performance

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Simple Installation, no thru-hull drilling

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Low maintenance compared to conventional coatings

Ultrasonic Antifouling Benefit 2

No more annual lift antifouling paint

Ultrasonic Antifouling Benefit 4

A cost effective silution

Ultrasonic Antifouling Benefit 6

Consistent fouling control (stops marine growth)

Ultrasonic Antifouling Benefit 8

Intelligent power optimisation

Electronic Fouling Control Range

Electronic Fouling Control 100 Unit

EFC 100

Comes with one 50w IP69 transducer, two year UK base warranty. Solar kit is an optional extra.

Electronic Fouling Control 200 Unit

EFC 200

Comes with three 50w IP69 transducers, two year UK base warranty. Over voltage protection safety feature.
Electronic Fouling Control 300 Unit

EFC 300

Includes two intelligent control units, 12 50w IP69 transducers and a two year return to UK base warranty.

Electronic Fouling Control 600 Unit

EFC 600

Comes with one 50w IP69 transducer, two year UK base warranty. Solar kit is an optional extra.
Electronic Fouling Control 900 Unit

EFC 900

Comes with three 50w IP69 transducers, two year UK base warranty. Over voltage protection safety feature.
Electronic Fouling Control 1200 Unit

EFC 1200

Includes two intelligent control units, 12 50w IP69 transducers and a two year return to UK base warranty.

Highly experienced electronic design and development company

EFC is created by a highly experienced electronic design and development company with over 30 years of experience in electronic engineering and antifouling systems. Our engineering and sales teams have a passion for sailing and so have direct experience in the marine environment. We design and develop innovative products, often as in this case, incorporating new ideas which we have applied for patent protection. All our products come with a base warranty.

International expertise

We employ more than 40 people across three key locations and have serviced clients all over the world. We know it’s important that you get the right service and a quality product that meets your needs.

Technical support is available for all products, there is also the option of installation on all products we offer online and can tailor the installation to meet your specific requirements. You can also read more about our team of specialists.

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