Propspeed CEO

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced the promotion of Marcus Hamilton from the International Sales Director to the position of CEO.

In his new role Hamilton will be responsible for directing all operations for the company and driving its growth and success. With a strategic mindset, passion, and motivational style of leadership, Hamilton has consistently inspired his teams to exceed expectations and achieve disproportionate results, Hamilton brings a wealth of expertise to his new role as CEO of Propspeed..

“This appointment cements the next chapter that we embark on together,” said Guy Jacobsen, founder and majority shareholder of Propspeed. “We believe Marcus is our future leader for delivering successful outcomes for Propspeed.”

Hamilton comes to the position with more than 10 years of experience in the marine industry, working with successful global marine businesses such as Fusion Entertainment, Garmin NZ and Propspeed International.


Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings,  has received an endorsement from Horizon Yachts. The luxury yacht manufacturer applies Propspeed as a standard for all new models and recommends the use of Propspeed for existing owners as protection against fouling and corrosion of running gear and underwater metals.

Since its inception in 1987, Horizon has emerged as the leading Asian yacht brand in the luxury yacht market and is known throughout the industry for its sophisticated craftsmanship, superior build techniques, and innovative technology. Horizon Group contributes to one-third of Taiwan’s total yacht exports and has elevated the country as one of the world’s top five luxury megayacht-building nations. Horizon has been honored as Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder 13 years in a row, is recognized as one of the Top 10 Global Superyacht Companies by The Superyacht Report and is the first and only member of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association) from the Far East.

Propspeed’s ultra-slick topcoat is specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline. It is proven to increase boat efficiency, protect against corrosion, reduce drag, save fuel and maintenance costs. It features an exceptionally strong chemical and mechanical bond between the metal substrate, the Etching Primer and the Clear Coat – ensuring that the Propspeed coating actually sticks to running gear, and any other underwater metals, and performs season after season.

Propspeed products include Propspeed for running gear and any underwater metals, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting.

Propspeed saves fuel

Propspeed underwater coatings make vessels more fuel efficient, improve performance and offset fuel costs, owners say.

Several Propspeed customers have monitored their performance data before and after applying Propspeed and shared that information with the company.

Joe Riccio has been using Propspeed since 2016, first applying it to his 2002 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer, clocking up to 150 hours of runtime per season, but still noticed a build-up of growth on the running gear. After installing new shafts and propellers, Riccio applied Propspeed, hoping to reduce build-up of growth and protect his new running gear.

"Before Propspeed, the boat was doing about 25.5mph (22.2kt), burning 16.4 gallons an hour (62.1lph) on average. When I went for the first ride with Propspeed, I was amazed at the speed difference. I was going 27.8mph (24.15kt) and burning 15.8 gallons an hour (59.8lph) on average. And when it came time to lay her up for the season, all the running gear was spotless..." – Joe Riccio

When Mark Corke had his Grand Banks 32 out of the water for routine maintenance, he decided to try out Propspeed for the first time.

“I’ve run the boat enough over the years to be very familiar with its characteristics; at 1800 rpm, the boat’s speed is a consistent 8 knots. After application, running the engine at the same rpms gave an increase in speed of half a knot and a noticeable decrease in vibration from the reduction of marine growth. By my estimates, I’m using a gallon (3.8l) less in fuel over an 80-mile run and best of all, no fouling of either my prop or stern thruster.”

Bob Sisk had fresh bottom paint applied to his 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer with twin Zeus-Cummins pod drives. After having Propspeed applied, Bob was amazed by the results:

“The change to the boat’s performance has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. For now, all I can say is ‘Wow!’ I never expected this much of a difference, and I’m beyond pleased.”

Larry Goldberg: “I generally use my current vessel a few days a month, typically running 3-4 hours in a day and the boat sits at dock the rest of the time. The main reason I went with Propspeed was the great experience I had with my larger boats. Propspeed kept my running gear clean for two years when those boats were used a few times a month and increased fuel economy between 10% and 15% depending on the vessel. After letting my boat sit for two months in the Hilton Head, South Carolina area, I saw marine growth on the top of the trim tabs. But after running the boat for about an hour, all the growth was gone!”

Propspeed products include Propspeed for running gear and any underwater metals, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting.


PROPSPEED has been endorsed by Electronic Navigation Ltd (ENL), an innovator in wide-angle sonar technology relied on by anglers and oceanographers.

ENL has tested the Propspeed Foulfree foul-release coating and found it to be effective for keeping their transducers clean and free from marine growth.

“We installed our new WASSP wideband transducer on a 48-foot Riviera in March 2020 and applied Foulfree,” says Gareth Hodson, managing director, ENL Group. “In December, 2020 we hauled the boat out for hull maintenance, and there was no growth on the transducer. After a quick fresh water wash down the transducer was as good as new. We applied Foulfree to the entire transducer including the face of it. The performance of the WASSP worked as expected mapping the ocean at 20 knots! ”

WASSP Multibeam Sounder technology can profile the seabed 100 times faster than single-beam echo sounders. With WASSP 3D mapping in real-time, users can accurately profile the water column and seafloor with unparalleled precision. Designedfor New Zealand lobster fishermen, WASSP’s success and potential was soon realized by a growing number of commercial fishermen.

Designed by engineers and certified by Airmar to result in no loss in transducer performance once applied, Foulfree releases marine growth, reducing the maintenance needed to keep transducers clean and streamlining water flow. Foulfree is a specialized foul-release coating that is biocide-free and does not poison marine growth. Once cured, Foulfree forms a super-slippery surface over the transducer, preventing marine growth from attaching to its surface. It lasts a minimum of 12 months, with an even longer life span in cooler climates.

Propspeed unveils new brand identity

Propspeed, a leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced a significant rebranding campaign, reinforcing its strong brand presence established over 21 years.

The rebranding includes new logos; a modernised, information-rich website; packaging, to enter the market in mid-2021; updates to social media platforms and collateral to better express the company’s business goals and passion.

Propspeed is recognised globally as the original and premium foul-release coating for propellers, running gear and any metal assets below the waterline. It’s a non-toxic solution offering performance that’s second-to-none.

Prospeed delivers not only the world’s best foul-release coating system, but insulation and protection from corrosion and electrolysis for metal underwater assets, which helps support anode life.

The Propspeed name has establishing brand equity and recognition over 21 years. The new branding transfers this recognition to all Propspeed’s product lines, through design cues and parent brand association. Design cues are based on elements found in the logo today, but now aligned with the new brand vision.

“Our brand is a reflection of our people, and no matter who you talk to in the company, you will see the passion for our products, industry, customers and the ocean,” said Chris Baird, CEO, Propspeed. “We updated the look and feel of our marketing assets to better portray this passion.”

Propspeed products include Propspeed for running gear, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting.


Get the best performance from your sounder by using Foulfree Transducer Coating Kit.

Propspeed worked with Airmar, the world’s largest transducer manufacturer, to create this specialised biocide-free foul-release coating that does not release poison into the marine environment.

A super-slippery surface prevents marine growth growing on the transducer and interfering with sonar signals, so your expensive electronics package can perform to specification.

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