American Custom Yachts (ACY), located on the Atlantic coast of Florida on the St. Lucie River, has become well known over the years for turning out beautiful custom cold-molded sportfishing boats. But that is only half the story as the ACY marine yard also tailors to a great number of repairs, repowers and refits on boats ranging from mid-size center console and sport fishing boats up to cruising yachts over 100 feet (30m) in length.
When it comes to custom construction, ACY handles every aspect in-house from the beginnings of planking the hull through to interior finishing along with coatings and paint work. When a boat visits the yard for repairs and paint jobs, ACY turns them over to one of their experts, such as Eagle Marine, located on-site. While some marine service companies try to be the jack of all trades, Eagle Marine has honed in on the specifics of fiberglass and gel coat repair along with paint repair, hull and topside repaints as well as bottom painting. This direct focus has driven the Eagle Marine team to be an expert in their field, turning out beautiful results on many boats that come through the yard.
One notable yacht that recently enjoyed a stay at the ACY yard was Melina, an iconic 1994 Bertram 60. Though based in North Palm Beach, FL, Melina and her crew are known far and wide in the competitive sportfish world, traveling the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic to fish many of the big billfish tournaments. While receiving some repairs and updates to her steering, electronics and other systems at the ACY yard, owner Wiliam Burris sought out Bobby Heyna of Eagle Marine for a repaint. Burris explains, “I first painted Melina in 2007 with ALEXSEAL and was impressed that eight years later the paint was in good shape. I decided to refinish Melina this year because I wanted a new look, not because it needed it. I was also excited about the metallic paint chip I saw for Peppermint Blue.”
Heyna and the Eagle Marine team admittedly didn’t have much experience with ALEXSEAL or their metallic system yet, but were interested to learn how to obtain perfect results. ALEXSEAL’s Jeff Holland visited the Eagle Marine team in Stuart, Florida, helping them calibrate their spray guns and providing some helpful pointers to get the project up and running full speed. Although metallic coatings do involve a bit more complexity as compared to a typical topcoat application, once the team understood how to ideally spray ALEXSEAL’s advanced coatings, they raved of the ease of coverage and beautiful luster. Burris offered many praises after closely examining his boat’s new shimmering topcoat, “American Custom Yachts and Eagle Marine did an amazing job in the restoration. The finer details are in the transom and toe rail painting, but the hull has not one scratch, blister, peel, etc… a perfect job. She sure is a head turner.”
In the last ten years, the majority of ALEXSEAL’s growth in the yacht coatings market has been by word of mouth and the converting of one boat owner, captain or applicator at a time. With Melina performing out on the water and the team at ACY and Eagle Marine active in the yard, ALEXSEAL’s field of trusting owners and applicators will surely continue to grow.