Hull cleaning in Canada

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Kylie Chailler is the owner of the first hull cleaning business of its kind in North America. This week, CTV Vancouver paid him a visit to talk about his ambitions for the hull cleaning business.

When your ride starts to look a little neglected, you can take it to the car wash. It’s not so simple with a boat, but as a CTV Gord Kurbis shows us, a new business turning heads in the Comox Valley has set out to change that, says Scott Roberts, News Anchor of CTV Vancouver.

They are the equivalent of brushes that wash down your vehicle, except these bristles actually take care of boats, says Gord Kurbis – news reporter CTV Vancouver.

The good thing about this system is that the brushes are lubricated by the water, we don’t use any chemicals or cleaning agents, says Kyle Chailler, owner of HydroClean.

Vessels float into a self-contained unit in Campbell River, and the brushes make their way along the length of the vessel, giving it a good scrubbing, says Gord Kurbis.

It will do boats up to 16 foot width and 53 foot length, and it also does sailboats. We have a keel scrubber that is submerged and oscillates, says Kyle.

The technology comes from Sweden, and much like a car wash, the owner doesn’t have to do anything. It saves manual labor and does not require lifting the boat out of the water, or divers having to go underneath, explains Gord.

We are getting more and more customers every week, and people are happy due to the convenience of it, says Kylie.

Boater Dave Bailey has not used the service, but agrees that cleaning the underside of a vessel is a challenge, says Gord.

Even with antifouling, you still have to take it out every month or so. In the case of this boat wash, you can drive your boat in and it will do it in no time, says boat owner Dave Bailey.

Chailler says the business has been good in the three months since he has started this venture. He chose the Coast Discovery Marina to test out his first location because he grew up in this community, says Gord.

We have exclusivity for Western Canada, and we want to expand these into Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and further south than that, says Kyle.

He has proven with his business, he can clean up in more ways than one, finishes Gord.

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