International. The specially developed silicone polymer technology produces an exceptionally soft and slippery hull, helping to reduce strength for yacht liners.
Recreational boaters now have an easy way to become more sustainable following the introduction of a new biocide-free scale control range (B-Free) from AkzoNobel's Yacht Coatings business.
The first product to be launched from the new B-Free range is B-Free Explore. It features a specially developed silicone polymer technology that produces an exceptionally soft and slippery helmet, helping to reduce strength.
Fouling is controlled by preventing microorganisms such as barnacles, silt and algae from forming strong bonds with the hull of the boat. Anyone who adheres can simply wipe by hand or with a stream of water.
Specially designed for the pleasure craft market, B-Free Explore is the culmination of a five-year development program.
It can be applied to new helmets or directly to the existing antifouling, without the need to remove the previous antifouling coating. This makes it simple for boaters to upgrade their traditional coatings to new technology.
"We have developed a high-performance technology that allows boaters to maintain a clean and smooth hull," explained Simon Parker, head of AkzoNobel's protective and marine coatings business.
"It is based on proven technology and exemplifies the restless spirit of innovation that has been the cornerstone of our international brand for more than 140 years."
Jemma Lampkin, Global Commercial Director of AkzoNobel's Yacht Coatings business, commented: "Boaters are increasingly aware of the impact they can have on the environment, but still require technologies that provide high-performance scale control. B-Free Explore offers an outstanding solution to both challenges."