An Interview with business owner, Hector Escardo of Escardo Marine


1. When did you start your business and why did you start it?

I’ve been working on boats since 1981 and I have extensive sailing experience around the world. I enjoyed working in the marine industry and opened this business in 1997. I still travel for projects and here are a few places I’ve traveled to Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Outter Banks, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama.

2. What kind of products or services do you offer at your business?

My business offers a variety of products and services. We have a popular product called “Tuna Tubes”. My customers have started calling me the “Tuna Tube Guy”. We do custom fiberglass work, rod storage, cabinetry, bait wells, and more.

Escardo Marine has developed a new product for the marine market; a marine dehumidifier we market under the name “RiteAire Marine“. We are also dealers for various marine equipment manufacturers: Marquipt, Sea Wise, HRO, FCI, HEADHUNTER, STEELHEAD, UMT, and Nautical Structures.

3. How often do you shop at Fiberglass Coatings? What makes you a repeat customer?

I shop at Fiberglass Coatings at various times as I do travel a lot. Sometimes I will come twice in a day, twice in a week or every other week. Sometimes I’m too busy to come by the store and I’ll have one of my employees pick up products for me. I’m a repeat customer because the location is close by and you carry a large selection of items. I’ve been shopping here since 1997.

4. What products do you normally buy from Fiberglass Coatings? Can you tell us a specific product/products you buy and what you use them for?

At Fiberglass Coatings, I usually buy anything from resins, acetone, MEKP, gelcoat and buckets. My sales representative recommended for me to use semi-permanent mold release and have been very impressed with the product.

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Escardo Marine is located at 2401-C 28th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. They can be reached at 727-898-2010 or by email at Check out their online presence at and click here to visit their YouTube channel.

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