To keep yacht bottoms looking as nice as their topsides between haulouts, the new PowerShark WB3000 from Waveblade, Inc. tackles the toughest biofouling with ease. This rugged, handheld, battery-powered maintenance tool works up to 20′ underwater, and on land.
PowerShark efficiently and safely removes barnacles and growth in seconds. The ideal shallow dive maintenance tool, it helps keep hulls, props, shafts, through-hulls and other surfaces clean. Regular fouling removal helps maintain a hull’s efficiency, and keeps water intakes and other critical equipment clog-free. It also reduces costly haulouts.
Unlike traditional hull cleaning that depends on friction and the user’s strength, the PowerShark employs a powerful, patented resonant wave technology. The tool’s cleaning head oscillates at 3,000 rpm with additional harmonics, disrupting the chemical bond between materials. PowerShark needs only a light touch to work. It won’t damage fiberglass or metal hulls, and is safe for rubber, PVC, conduit, wood and concrete surfaces. In fact, users can touch the tool’s blade while it’s operating with no risk of injury.
PowerShark comes with a 12.8V lithium iron phosphate battery rechargeable battery pack with a 6Ahr rating, for up to 90 minutes of continuous use. The battery mounts easily on a dive tank or weight belt for user mobility. Tool, blade and battery together weigh under 6 lbs.
User-friendly features include a lanyard attachment point for effortless underwater retrieval, a raised power switch for ease of operation even while wearing gloves, and a low-profile knuckle guard to prevent injury from sharp marine growth. Requiring only a fresh water rinse following use, the tool needs minimal care.
Each PowerShark kit contains a flat chisel blade as well as standard 3″ and 4.5″-wide blades. The tool itself measures 16.5″ x 3″ x 4.3″ with a generous 4.25′ cord, while the battery measures 4.5″ x 7″ x 8.5″. The PowerShark WB3000 kit with tool, battery pack and charger, three blades and storage bag retails for $995. Extra batteries cost $295 each, and spare stainless steel blades start at $24.99.
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