Spray paint booth approved for Journey's End

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 02, 2014
Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni This large building located across from the Journey's End offices on Tillson Avenue, pictured May 30, is scheduled to become a dust-controlled spray paint booth by September.

Rockland — Journey's End Marina on Tillson Avenue is continuing to expand its business by way of a spray paint booth with a price tag of more than $270,000. The city of Rockland's Code Enforcement Office approved the project's building permit May 27.

“It's just a way to improve our process that we do now,” said Steven Hart, director of special projects and business development for Journey's End. “There will be a lot more to talk about in July.”

That is when the spray paint booth's parts will arrive in an "Erector set” type of arrangement requiring their assembly, Hart said.

The new paint booth, housed inside a large, dust-controlled building, will be able to handle boats up to 70-feet long, he said. The company's Marine Travelift will hoist boats from the water, and then a trailer will be used to back them into the building.

The spray paint operation will require two to three workers and should be completed by September, Hart said.

There is quite a demand for boat exteriors to be painted and/or refinished above their waterlines, he said. Most pleasure boats are made of fiberglass, and over time, their gel coats tend to fade based on exposure to sunlight. But the spray paint booth will also work with commercial boats, and older boats made of wood.

Journey's End Marina, located in Rockland for more than 30 years, is owned by its parent company, the O'Hara Company.

Courier Publications reporter Larry Di Giovanni can be reached at 594-4401 x. 117, or by email at: ldigiovanni@thevillagesoup.com.

The Marine Travelift, pictured May 30 and owned by Journey's End, can lift boats up to 70-feet in length. A trailer will be used to back them into the spray paint booth. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

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