A river patrol boat from the Vietnam War will be restored through a public-private partnership this month. The vessel is part of a Vietnam War exhibit at Patriots Point and will return once it has been repaired.
A Vietnam War boat will be repaired and preserved through a public-private partnership between Patriots Point and several local businesses.
The MK1 River Patrol Boat is one of two boats in the United States, according to Patriots Point’s senior curator, David Clark. It first came to the museum in 1989 and is on loan from the U.S. Navy.
On Tuesday, volunteers from Pierside Boatworks, Allstate Crane and Lemmond’s Marine Transport worked to hoist the boat from its position in a pond with the museum’s Vietnam exhibit to a truck to transport it to North Charleston to be repaired.
Dave Coker, general manager at Pierside Boatworks, spearheaded the volunteer effort after coming to the museum to appraise the work.
“Once I saw it and listened to staff explain the lengthy process to get public funding, I was hoping to get some of it donated to lessen the task of
“That sparked the idea of getting our yard and our suppliers involved in a community project. What better way to show our appreciation for our veterans than to fix up a part of their history.”
We are all familiar with some famous companies and innovative products born out of someone burning the midnight oil in their garage and ending up producing a product that changed their market. EMC, or Engineered Marine Coatings, (www.quantumpaint.com) is well on its way to making its mark in the marine paint market after doing just that.
Founded by college friends Brad Martin and John Boswell, EMC has produced a new line of hybrid paints unlike anything produced before. Boswell had a small center console that needed repainting and approached Martin (his old college roommate who was a triple major including chemistry) asking him to produce a paint that would be easy to apply and would serve his purpose. Martin formulated what he thought would be a perfect paint in his garage and Boswell applied it. It worked so well and looked so good that people who saw the paint asked where they could get it. The entrepreneurial spirit in Boswell kicked in as they realized they might be on to something.
Approaching yards and potential customers on lunch breaks, weekends and evenings they slowly built up a client base, all while holding down full-time jobs. They would walk into a boat yard and tell them if they didn’t believe how good this new paint was they should just try it. When they did they loved it. Boswell said “We come in with easy to apply high solids, one-to-one mix ratio product that anybody can mix and spray. The resins do the flowing so you don’t need to reduce it to get that mirror finish. I can put the gun in an experienced painter’s hand and the first time he sprays it is gorgeous. He doesn’t have to do a lot of tweaking and figuring things out with this reduction or that accelerator.” Boswell goes on to say that rolling, brushing and tipping this paint is also much easier and has better results than other products on the market.
Now that both founders are building the business full time they have seen tremendous growth, with sales increasing more than five times year over year.
Advil had become as much a part of my spring make-ready kit as paintbrushes, grease and wrenches. That’s because I usually spent four days swinging a rotary polisher to remove the cloudy-white oxidation and return Breakaway’s finish to glorious. All that work would carry the glossy, dark-blue finish from April until about mid-July at my home port in the Northeast. Were I a lower-latitude boater, the more-intense rays of the sun would require me to haul the boat and refinish it sooner. But there is another option: paint.
Now, the best finish coatings are two-part paints. That’s what the pros use. That’s what companies like Hinckley Yachts and Hatteras apply over gelcoat to achieve the toughest finish with the best gloss, color, flexibility and resistance to abrasion and chemicals. That’s what your local boatyard with a paint booth and the great rep will use. But historically “two-part” paints have been finicky to apply, may have required special equipment, and may have come at a high cost.
Then, just as I was beginning to dread the upcoming compounding Olympics, Jon Boswell and Brad Martin of Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC) approached me last spring. They claimed to have developed a two-part marine coating called Quantum99 that was easy for DIY. It would provide a slick, glossy finish; a return to rich color; and it all fit in one five-gallon pail called the “Genius Bucket” for a retail price of $499. Grab a Tyvek suit, your respirator and some gloves and learn what happened next.
Bristol, RI – EMC is pleased to announce that effective immediately, boat builders, boat yards, and boat owners can purchase the entire Quantum product line from Jamestown Distributors, in Bristol RI. Jamestown Distributors is an industry leader in marine and building supplies. A family-run business based in Bristol, RI – a town with a rich boat building tradition – have been supplying and assisting boaters for over 30 years. Jamestown Distributors has a 40,000 sq ft warehouse and over 20,000 stocking skus. Their sales department includes a 7000 sq ft store / showroom, a 10 person customer service and technical sales callcenter, and 2 outside sales reps who service RI, MA, and CT.
Jon Boswell, co-founder of EMC and its Quantum line of coatings said, “We knew we found the right distributor when were given the time to train every employee at JD. Everyone has used the product and asked all the right questions. We feel confident they will continue the customer service standard we have worked hard to create.” read more…
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A couple of young entrepreneurs have entered the marine coatings market with a product they say will shake up that industry segment. “When we started we did not know how strong the competition was or how big the competition was,” says Jon Boswell, president of Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC2).
Boswell met business partner Brad Martin at the University of South Carolina with a degree in Biology and Martin with a dual major of biology and chemistr (and a minor in math). read more…