On December 3, Marsh Harbour Boat Yard manager, Laurence Higgs, made an official presentation to David Knowles and Lynn Gape of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). Marsh Harbour Boat Yard donated the time and labour to clean and paint the bottom of the BT boat, and Sea Hawk Premium Yacht Finishes donated the Smart Solution paint.
The Smart Solution paint is a metal-free antifoulant that has minimal impact on the environment. Traditionally, metal-free bottom paints have proven ineffective. However, this new product has shown a lot of promise. The benefits of the paint are coupled with a reduced carbon-footprint as well as keeping heavy-metals out of the environment.
Mr. Higgs considered the idea to use the new Smart Solution paint when BNT approached his business about hauling and caring for their boat here in Abaco. After some research into the product he determined it aligned with BNT’s conservationist ideals and decided to donate the time and resources of the Boat Yard into repainting the hull with the environmentally friendly paint. He also managed to get the paint donated from Sea hawk, as well.
Immediately after the presentation, the BNT boat was lowered back into the water to be used later that same day.