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In 2011, the Port of San Diego received a $600,000 grant to reduce copper pollution in the Shelter Island Yacht Basin. Eligible boaters can get money from the grant to help offset the costs of switching to a copper-free bottom paint. This is perfect for boaters who are ahead of the times, have a boat that needs a new bottom paint anyway and/or are interested in doing their part to conserve the environment.

Read on for more information:

Who's eligible to apply?

    •   Must have a boat docked within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin w/ verification.
    •   Must agree to convert to a non-biocide bottom paint.
    •   Must agree not to repaint your boat for three years.
    •   Must agree not to or move your boat to a permanent slip outside of the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

What does the grant cover?

The Port will pay for the cost to strip the copper hull paint from your boat in the amount of $6.30 per square foot.

If you have a 32-foot power boat with a 350-square-foot hull, the Port grant will cover $2,205 of the cost to remove the existing paint off the boat.

What do I have to pay for?

If the boater is approved for the grant, the Port will pay the boatyard directly for the cost of stripping off the paint. The boater is then responsible for covering the remaining costs associated with painting the bottom of the boat which includes:

    •   Any costs in excess of $6.30 per square foot for removing copper hull paint.
    •   Haul out fee
    •   Labor and materials that the boatyard charges for bottom painting
    •   Any additional specialty repairs or maintenance of the boat that you decide to do at the same time

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Eligible boaters approved by the grant program will also get 10% off the cost to haul and paint the bottom of their boat at Marine Group Boat Works.

Deadline to apply?

Funding is available NOW until June 30, 2014, or until the funds run out.

Where do I sign up?

Click here to apply online.
Fill out the Boat Owner Interest Form and email it to

Additional Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Select an Alternative Hull Paint
Boat Hull Cleaning Information from the California Coastal Commission
Port of San Diego Copper Reduction Program

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Environmental Stewardship

Marine Group Boat Works embraces the importance of preserving our environment; and our commitment for taking initiative allows us to stay on the forefront of conservation for both our community and industry.

• Our 15-acre facility was renovated to include a curbed storm drain system where 100% runoff is captured in 60,000-gallon storage tanks. After tested clear for hazardous materials, the water is discharged to the city for proper disposal.

• We enforce a company-wide recycling program recycling metals, plastics, cardboard and paper.

• The Port recommends that any maintenance including 25 percent or more of a vessel should be done at a boatyard to keep the Bay clean. Our custom-designed 665-ton Travelift is allows us to raise the boats completely out of and away from the water, so products used in the maintenance and repair of the vessels do not contaminate the Bay.

• For sanding and grinding work, Marine Group Boat Works contains and shrink-wraps all vessels to prevent paint and debris from entering the air or water.

• In June of 2010, Marine Group Boat Works completed the design and construction on the first of three Navy RTSC vessels that is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly U.S. military vessels thus far, capable of running completely on 100% bio-fuel with cold ironing capabilities.

In addition to the environmentally friendly work done on-site at Marine Group Boat Works, the company is also active off-site.

• Marine Group Boat Works has donated over $30,000 worth of in-kind products and services to the Chula Vista Nature Center, a community landmark dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages. The donation covers the cost of food to feed all the animals at the Nature Center in addition to pro-bono work including installing new signage at the front entrance, providing skilled tradesmen for special projects and volunteering for various programs and clean-ups. Our President Herb Engel, sits on the Nature Center's board of directors and Leah Yam, director of communications, serves on the marketing committee.

• Marine Group Boat Works participates in other community programs such as the San Diego Port Tenant's Operation Clean Sweep, San Diego Coastkeeper's bay clean-ups and the Port of San Diego's copper-free bottom paint program initiative.

Click the following for articles related to Marine Group Boat Works involvement in environmentally friendly practices.

pdf Marine Group Boat Works Recognized by Better Business Bureau (January 22, 2010)
pdf Watershed Moment: Stormwater management beneficial to coastal habitats (February 13, 2010)
pdf NATURE CENTER GETS DONATION OF $30,000 (September 6, 2010)
pdf Biodiesel Aweigh On U.S. Navy Vessel Marine Group Boat Works builds U.S. Navy vessel for stabilization and biodiesel operation (October 1, 2010)