By Natalie Strom
Have you just damaged the fiberglass on your boat or jet ski? JD Fiberglass and Gelcoat Repair is a one stop shop for all your fiberglass needs. After all, the JD in the name of the family-owned business stands for just that – just damaged. Owner Shannon Vosburgh has been in the fiberglass business on Marco Island for over 15 years, but his family has been a part of Marco Island for generations.
“His grandfather, Robert Vosburgh, is buried in the Marco Island Cemetery,” adds wife Rene. “Down where Kay’s on the Beach is in Olde Marco was even once called Vosburgh Square.”
Part New Yorker, mostly Floridian, Vosburgh moved to Marco Island at 14, graduated from Lely High School and began working for his father, a well-known contractor on the island. After about five years, Vosburgh branched out on his own. “In 2001, I was 25 years old when I decided to open JD Fiberglass,” explains Vosburgh.
Since then, Vosburgh’s knowledge and reputation has steadily grown, as well as his family. Shannon and Rene, who were already parents to Chevera, now 22 and Liana, now 19, added Castor, 12; and Alaka, 7, to the family after opening the business. Liana, who will soon be leaving for basic training in the Army can often be found at the shop helping out.
Vosburgh has a small infantry of employees, but Vosburgh, himself, often does the majority of the work. The company can handle major structural fiberglass repairs on any size boat, yacht or jet ski. Gelcoat restoration and factory gelcoat matches, custom paint repairs, deck replacements, transom rebuilds, collision repair, full detailing and boot stripes are all skills Vosburgh and his team have mastered.
Free estimates are also given. “We offer mobile service,” adds Vosburgh. “We’ll go to a marina or someone’s house. We can also bring a boat into our shop for work. Whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Just a few months ago, JD Fiberglass changed locations, moving to 800 East Elkcam Circle, Unit 1, sharing a 3,000 square-foot warehouse with Felix Marine.
As if adding to their family and business by sharing the space with Owner Felix Haralambus, the Vosburgh’s have been able to increase what they can offer as a company. Haralambus states that his company is the only one on the island that fixes jet skis and will also buy used ones. He will even haul them away for free. But he’s more than that. “Felix Marine works on all diesel, outboard, inboard and jet ski engine repairs,” he states.
Felix Marine has been in business since 2004, moving to 800 East Elkcam in 2007.
With the two companies now collaborating together, they are truly a one-stop shop for all your boating needs – both external and internal.
As for JD Fiberglass, on the administrative end of the business is Rene. During the day she helps with accounting and paperwork. Keeping herself busy, Rene also works at The Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland during the evenings.
Between the husband and wife team, their support for the community is clear. On an island chock full of every size, style and set-up of boats, Vosburgh’s family business has put many other families back out on the water. Some of them probably even head to The Little Bar where they can dock their boat and find Rene as their server.
To learn more about JD Fiberglass and Gelcoat Repair, call 239-919-0549 or visit their website, www.jdfiberglass.com. For mechanical problems, Felix Marine can be reached at 239-642-4550 or 239-601-2979.