Pete Stewart has seen environmental reforms come and go in the 30 years he has owned and operated the South Coast Shipyard in lower Newport Bay.
Next week, he will begin work to strip off the toxic copper-based paint from the hull of a boat and replace it with a new, silicone-based paint that is more friendly to the environment.
The switch to non-copper paints is part of the latest wave of "green" efforts by Newport Beach and a local advocacy group to clean up coastal waters.
"It's all trial and test to see what method works," Stewart said of Newport's long history in trying to reduce the boating community's use of toxic paints. "If it's shown to work and it's a suitable replacement, then that's what will be used."
However, Stewart said, he doesn't know whether the newly designed paints will catch on. This will be the first boat he's painted with one of them.