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Acoustiblok Names Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

Mac Cooper director of marine engineering for Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok, a leader in indoor and outdoor sound abatement and noise barrier solutions for more than a decade has named Mac Cooper to oversee and offer expert consultation on the marine application division of the company’s sound deadening products.

TAMPA, Florida, July 11, 2011 -- Acoustiblok President and founder Lahnie Johnson has named Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering. Cooper will be responsible for developing and overseeing Acoustiblok’s and Thermablok’s growing marine applications division, particularly providing innovative solutions to noise and thermal problems for boat owners and builders.

Cooper, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, has been a resident of Tampa since 2004. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok team, Cooper is the owner and designer for Dream Line Yacht / Product Design in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2008 to 2011, and an engineer/designer for Lazzara Yachts in Tampa from 2004 to 2008.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Product Design, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. 

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers.  

About Acoustiblok:                                                                                                                                         Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into inaudible friction energy.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries. Acoustiblok received first place product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company was named in NASA’s annual list of top 49 Spin-Off companies for its use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail




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Acoustiblok Noise Reduction Material Gains New Following: Boat Owners

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

Yamaha SX230
By applying Acoustiblok’s 3mm noise deadening material to the noise source – the engine wall, engine cover and gas tank cover, one Yamaha SX230 (pictured) boat owner reduced unwanted noise on his boat by more than 65-percent.

CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 10, 2011 – Summer is here, and, boating enthusiasts everywhere are flocking to the waterways, ready for some relaxing fun in the sun and waves. The idyllic vision of lazy days spent cruising on the water are often met with the unexpected reality of engine noise so loud, conversation becomes impossible and the noise itself becomes an assault on the senses, not to mention the impact on wildlife and local residents living within earshot of the waterfront.

Cincinnati residents Roy and Chris Emerson couldn’t wait to hit the water last August in their newly purchased 2007 Yamaha SX230, a 320-horsepower, 23-foot, high output designed for luxury and performance, the perfect craft for spending a comfortable day on Brookville Lake in Cincinnati. What the Emersons didn’t realize until after they launched was the unbearable noise emanating from the boat’s dual engines, a high decibel whine that resonated up through the cabin floor area. The Emersons had to shout in order to carry on a conversation, and the relentless blare cut seriously into the couple’s enjoyment.

The thrill of spending recreational time on the water quickly turned sour. “My wife said she didn’t know if she could deal with the noise,” Emerson said. Since the Emersons bought their boat late in the summer, Roy Emerson had the entire winter to research noise reduction options for marine applications.

“I belong to a group of Yamaha jet boaters, and I asked some of the other members if they had found any noise reduction material that worked,” Emerson said.

“Almost everyone who had tried one solution or another told me they were disappointed with the results, but one guy had used Acoustiblok on the sides of the engine wall, and he said it worked great.

“It was the only noise reduction product that anyone could tell me worked on boats, so I decided I had to try it.”

Emerson purchased the 3mm Acoustiblok material with the help of Acoustiblok sales consultant Paul Getts. Emerson custom measured, cut, and applied the material himself to the sides of the engine wall, the top of the engine cover, and the large cover that fit over the gas tank area. 

Engine cover before Acoustiblok soundproofing applicationEngine cover after Acoustiblok soundproofing application
Engine cover before and after Acoustiblok installation

The result, Emerson said, is a boat so quiet, he and his wife can talk, relax, and enjoy their weekend boating getaways without the rattle, roar, and reverberation that had severely detracted from the enjoyment of their boating experience and caused them to second-guess their choice of recreation.

Fuel tank cover before Acoustiblok soundproofing applicationFuel tank cover after Acoustiblok soundproofing application
Fuel tank cover before and after Acoustiblok application

Emerson completed the project just in time to enjoy the entire summer cruising and relaxing on the waters of Brookville Lake and Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, two of the couple’s favorite boating spots.

“The change was immediate,” Emerson said of the couple’s first trip out on the boat after the Acoustiblok installation. “Now we’re experiencing the fun and recreational boating lifestyle we envisioned when we first decided to buy the boat.”

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the website at, call 813.980.1400, or e-mail



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