Venerable marine coatings manufacturer Awlgrip will start a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary at the Miami International Boat Show next week.
Awlgrip will base its celebration in booth M69 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach at Yacht Pavilion 74-75 on Collins Avenue.
The company was born out of humble beginnings in 1973 when an as-yet-unnamed topside paint was used on the boat owned by the father of Awlgrip founding member David Halcomb.
The first big break came the following summer, when Halcomb managed to get eventual America’s Cup Winner Courageous and her tender painted completely with Awlgrip. During that summer of 1974, Awlgrip caught a buzz in Newport, R.I., where the Cup races were being held and the phrase “get your boat Awlgripped” was coined.
The now-familiar Awlgrip brand grew from there with the help of innovative products such as the repairable Awlcraft 2000 topcoat, 545 Epoxy primer and the Awlfair filler range.
Awlgrip was purchased by Akzo Nobel in May 2002 and integrated into a company that is strongly focused on its yacht coatings division and has greatly boosted its resources, especially in research and development.