The Citadel, also known as The Military College of South Carolina, is nowhere near the vacation destination of its surrounding city. Eric knew that. He also knew the next 4 years of life would mould every year to follow. He took that work ethic instilled by his father, buckled down, and pushed through a very challenging – but rewarding – college career.
Those four years quickly came and went.
Steele graduated in 2007 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began his professional career as a C4I Project Engineer for the Department of the Navy. Although unfamiliar with boats growing up, the weaving and winding coastal waterways captivated Eric. He worked hard learning the ins and outs of communication systems in new ship construction and set aside money to hopefully purchase his own boat one day.
Seasons changed, a couple of years passed, Eric got married, bought a house, and found himself standing in his driveway.
Across from him? That boat he finally purchased – a 1973 Mako 20.
He knew big changes were needed, so he jumped right in and got started.
Hours upon hours were spent combing boating forums online. As an electrical engineer, the electrical side of the Mako restoration would come easy; it was everything else that he needed to research.
Much to his surprise, Eric had as much to give to the forums as he had to take away. As he learned about fiberglass repairs, replacing rotted transoms, and putting coal tar epoxy on fuel tanks, Eric helped others with their 12Vdc electrical questions.
He couldn’t believe how many questions on the forum were based in the electrical system. He also couldn’t believe how much he struggled in finding a switch panel that would fit over the existing hole of the old Mako console.
“Maybe I could make one product to make this easier for people”, Eric thought.
The seed that would become New Wire Marine was planted.