Ablative Anti-fouling Bottom Paint
Jack Jones (the inventor) often said, "No matter how much
cardboard I laid down
while painting my boat
in April, I always got up with a wet back. I formulated
'Shipbottom' so I could skip painting for a season or two."
Jack passed without really knowing that
his formula exceeded his desire 2 seasons
and could go three 6 month seasons because it doesn't die out of the water!
He wasn't a great marketer and the name proved it,
'Shipbottom Bottom Paint'? He was in his 70's when
I met him at the Tampa Boat
Show. His booth was constructed from refuse he found in his garage and a
scrolling sign that was going by so quickly that I, nor anyone else, could read
There they were, Jack and Dodie Jones. She was
knitting and he was eating Sardines out of a
can with Saltine crackers, which
made him very unpopular with his booth neighbors.
“Don't get up,” I said, "I don't want to interrupt
your lunch.” And he didn't! I waited until the last stinky fish
consumed before he would tell me about his paint. He used technical names and
industry terms that
would confuse most boaters but I understood and came to
believe he had a good product.
Jack gave me a gallon of red. He hadn't sold any
and probably wouldn't. I was a working Marine Manufacturers
Rep and promised to
test the paint on my boat. If it worked, I'd become his southeast
representative. A month
later I hauled my boat and put Trinidad (my favorite up
to that point) on most of the boat. I put the 'Shipbottom'
paint on the stern
quarter and launched the boat in mid-May.
When I hauled the boat in September, everything
was a little slimy but there wasn't a barnacle on either
paint. 'Shipbottom' was
at least as good as 'Trinidad' so I never looked back. Jack passed away in 1992
his son took over production for a year. When I started making 'Shipbottom'
in 1994 I added the word 'Super'
because it was super.
I had visions of selling the company to a big
conglomerate but Jack hadn't formulated 'Shipbottom' for them.
It is a very hard
paint to make (11 ingredients) but through negotiations with them, they learned
how effective it
is and that is why they market so aggressively against us. So
like the proverbial frog, we just keep bumping along.