About

van21Founded by DG Fitton in 2006, Marine Special Products Group represents almost three decades of initially recreational and ultimately professional curiosity about all those special systems which put more comfort and pleasure into boating: air conditioning, heating, and sanitation systems as well as electronics and marine electrical work. We are deeply-skilled in our areas of expertise and take great pride in making happy boaters from New York to Newport.

Beyond our knowledge and skill in our areas of expertise, we take great pride in how we approach this business. Too often for our liking, we hear stories of unreliable, casual and sometimes unsavory behavior amongst our brethren in the marine trades. Our promise to our customers is simple: to show up on time, put forth our best effort and charge a fair price for our service. To us, the best compensation for a job well-done is a customer’s satisfaction. Click here to read what our customers say about working with us.

Owner DG Fitton
MSPG owner DG Fitton was born with the sea coursing through his veins and a boat rocking under his feet. Raised in a nautical family, he quickly found his way onto his own boats where he gained pleasure not only from their recreational value, but also from figuring out and understanding how they worked. DG put this knowledge to good use working in boatyards and yacht clubs as a teen, where boats and the water also kept him out of serious trouble.

This formative interest in and understanding of the inner workings of sail and power boats put DG on course to the marine systems installation and maintenance profession. He now keeps himself out of trouble working on a wide variety of boats, spanning from fishing kayaks to nuclear submarines (and everything in between). DG has over 20 years of experience working with a wide and varied range of clients: mega-yacht owners, commercial fisherman, racing sailors, average Joes, the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, the NYPD, the State of Connecticut, SeaTow, The Fisher’s Island Ferry, Towboat US and numerous boatyards and marinas from Maine to Maryland.

DG’s interest in recreational and commercial boating extends beyond operating Marine Special Products Group, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.

When asked what the most important things on a boat are, DG will invariably reply “The three C’s: a Compass, Charts, and Common Sense”. The first two can be purchased at nearly any chandlery, but the last one is a bit tougher. That said, DG will happily lend his practical wisdom to any of his clients – it comes free of charge with the price of an installation.

The Crew
Marine Special Products Group is exactly that. A group of talented marine trades professionals bringing the best of their craft to bear on the projects they undertake. Our employees and affiliated tradespeople attend numerous factory training and certification courses each year. We hold certifications or licenses from the National Marine Electronics Association, The American Boat and Yacht Council, Garmin, Raymarine, Simrad, Cruisair, Marine Air, Dometic, Webasto, Sealand/Vacuflush, the EPA, and the FCC. In addition, we are HAZMAT and first responder trained.

Our business partners
Trade organizations – the shared objectives and exchange of ideas and wisdom we gain from guilds and trade organizations better help us serve our customers.
Marinas – the best work comes from a spirit of collaboration, complementary interests and shared mindset. We enjoy working with some of the finest marinas in southeastern New England.
Channel partners – in addition to being suppliers of the products we install, our channel partners provide valuable training, accreditation and solutions.

Community support
Once having dreamed of a life spent sailing around the world, DG Fitton has seen much of the globe and is now content to improve the environs surrounding his home waters of Southeastern Connecticut. As such, supporting local civic and maritime organizations is a priority for the Marine Special Products Group. Here are some of the groups they support:

Essex Cub Scouts Pack 4                                               Essex Elementary School Foundation

Essex Community Fund                                                Simply Smiles

Leukemia Cup Regatta                                                  MS Walk-a-Thon

American Heart Association                                      Work Vessels for Vets

The Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation                   The Fitton Family Foundation

Tri-town Youth Services Adaptive Sports Partners

Valley Regional High School Student Activity Fund and Safe Graduation night

Great Expectations (Educational Exposure and College Tour) summer program. Ms. Emma Russell