Established in 2005, Finish 1st LTD offers over 25 years experience in the composite industry
With 25+ years experience in the fibreglass marine industry, we can consult with you in every step of the process of building and grp repairs, using composites and obtaining a very high standard finish. We specialise in repairing any composite surface and are experts in gel-coat colour matching. With a proven track record of returning customers, both commercial and domestic owners. We work closely with insurance companies, surveyors and marinas, completing work within deadlines and to Lloyds standards.
We operate globally, having most recently completing 9 months work in the BVI for one of the biggest charter companies in the world - The Moorings. Undertaking serious structural repairs caused by the devastating effects of 2 hurricanes, this is an ongoing process, they are trying to complete over 3000 damaged vessels.
We can undertake major repairs and we can get involved in mixing up the correct gel-coat colour match for companies to apply themselves. All our colour matching is finished by eye as we find this the most accurate way to achieve the perfect results and in many instances we get asked "Are we compounding/polishing an area?" as we always strive for an 'invisible' repair. We believe that this skill is the key to a successful repair and as such we have been called 'magicians' in many cases.
A bit about me...after leaving school I got an opportunity to attend Suffolk Boat Building college at Oulton broad in Lowestoft, Suffolk. After 2 years studying and 1 year on an apprenticeship, I gained my NVQ level III in wooden boat building and maintenance. I carried on working for the company that was supporting my apprenticeship, as it was impossible to get a work placement in the UK at that time - as it was a small industry then. At that company, I had the opportunity to build fibreglass narrow cruisers, paragliding boats, speedboats and also fitted them out to bespoke plans and it was there I picked up my finishing skills. 10 years later, after being made redundant from there, I worked in the fibreglass architectual sector making soffits, facias, dormers, porches, imitation slate and tiled roof panels. Next, I worked for White Formula, formally known as Reg Whites and built olympic class dinghies and Tornado catamarans.
My next chapter introduced me to working outside of the UK, in the Netherlands - which I did for a couple of years before moving back to a company which worked all around the UK applying industrial fibreglass linings i.e. wall and floor lining, tank linings, bund linings and swimming pools. After several years of that I went and built yachts with Oyster and progressed to leading a team of 5 finishers. I have a real passion for and great pride in my work, which was the catalyst for setting up my company in Ipswich Finish 1st Ltd in 2005 and I have been adding to my skill set ever since.