Routinely sailing throughout the world is no easy feat. Not only can it prove to be challenging and tiring for the skipper and crew, but also for the boat and her overall appearance. Willy Stiggelbout knows this from experience. Owner of KiwiGrip non-skid deck coatings, Willy has “enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with Alexseal, recommending each other’s products since 2007”.
Willy has also graciously recommended Alexseal products to applicators and refit yards including Paul Ziegler’s Seattle Fiberglass. Paul’s son Henry managed the full repaint of Willy’s 48 foot (15m) Oyster Lightwave sailboat “Pazzo”, and Seattle Fiberglass has been spraying Alexseal exclusively ever since.
Pazzo’s hull and top sides were first primed with Alexseal before being coated in Sea Frost for a brilliant and eye-catching finish. One of the main deciding factors for using Alexseal over a competitor, Willy explains is the superior reparability. “We sail the boat all over the world and damage is unavoidable. We expect that Alexseal will be as tough and far more repairable.”
Although Pazzo’s paint job is still in its infancy, Willy has many customers of his KiwiGrip product who have enjoyed an Alexseal finish on their yachts for several years and can attest to the superior durability first-hand. Not only do Alexseal’s products call to a higher standard over competitors, but their support network has been long praised since the company’s inception in 2004. Willy exclaims, “Alex [Sandas] has been super! He has been very helpful and responsive to Paul’s team [at Seattle Fiberglass] when they transitioned to exclusively spraying Alexseal.”
It has been said that slow and steady wins the race, and Alexseal has been consistent in proving their product superior to other marine coatings for owners, applicators and ship yards. In 12 short years, Alexseal is now recognized and applied across 6 continents from small independent boat yards to the most esteemed mega yacht builders in the world.