Paul Gentile, PE, PhD

Partner/Mechanical Engineer

When I was a kid we lived on a canal with our family boat docked right out back, and ever since those days I have been drawn to the water and outdoor sports. From fly fishing in Glacier National Park at sunrise to bow hunting by canoe along the Missouri River, I love a good adventure. Today I am fortunate to get to share these kinds of experiences with my wife and two daughters.

With the same passion for the outdoors I have also pursued engineering. I am a licensed Professional Engineer in Montana and have a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Montana State University. Throughout high school and college I worked as a carpenter where I developed an appreciation for fine woodworking skills. As a professor and research engineer at Montana State University I specialized in composite materials, computer aided engineering, and thermodynamics. I have worked as a professional consultant on a variety of materials and energy engineering projects for the public and private sectors.

First Water was founded with the intent to engineer and manufacture custom boats and accessories that can stand up to the rugged demand of today's adventure seekers. Thank you for considering First Water! We would love the opportunity to build or customize you a boat for your expeditions, wherever they may lead you.