- Category: News
- Published on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 22:55
Merced, CA ; Centurion Boats is the first watersports towboat manufacturer to offer 2015 models with a new Eco-Conscious filtration system designed to prevent the conveyance of invasive species. The system, which has been in development for several years, is called Mussel Mast’R and is designed to filter larvae and other villagers that have been commonly transferred in the ballast bags of watersports towboats.
Invasive species is a problem more common to the upper Midwest and western states where proliferating Zebra and Quagga mussels are the leading cause for concern. The mussels are infiltrating power plants and irrigation pipes restricting water flow. It’s up to manufacturers like Centurion to conserve and protect our waterways.
In 2009, the WaterSports Industry Association (WSIA) organized a movement to find a solution to the problem of transferring invasive species. Wake WorX, a company established solely for the purpose of eradicating the invasive species problem in towboats, designed a new system.
The filtration device, called “Mussel Mast’R” was thoroughly tested and presented to the authorities that govern the inspection stations. In late 2013, the authorities approved “Mussel Mast’R” as a way for boaters to potentially avoid decontamination stations and ballast bag cleansing. The system uses a highly effective filter to catch invaders before they enter ballast bags and as long as the seal hasn’t been broken since the last inspection, the boat will be processed through without the lengthy decontamination process.
While the Mussel Mast’R system has been available to all towboat manufacturers since early 2014, Centurion is the first to announce that Mussel Mast’R will be an option for 2015 model year boats. Todd Gaughan, Vice President of Marketing for Centurion said, “Our factory is just hours from Lake Tahoe, so we’re keenly aware of the invasive species problem and the harm that it has caused our owners and waterways. Centurion is an Eco-Conscious manufacturer. That’s why we focused on getting this system into production as quickly as possible. It has been a real pleasure working with the team at Mussel Mast’R. We’re very excited to be leading the industry in eco-friendly, saving our waterways direction.”