Check out this recent feature about TNT’s John Tomlinson expert opinion as published in the 22nd issue of Speed on the Water Magazine!
Thanks to our chief photographer Pete Boden, finding an ace shooter for performance boat photo sessions isn’t much of a challenge these days. Choosing the boats we want to shoot and getting their manufacturers to get them where and when we want takes a bit more effort, though not a whole lot more. As in all things, mutual benefit pretty much assures a team effort—and a great result. But securing a photo platform?
That’s almost always a pain in the neck and usually expensive, especially if—as in the case with larger boats— the shoot demands overhead images that can only be captured by helicopter. We didn’t need anything aerial for Boden to work his magic during the Miami International Boat Show with the Skater 478, Outerlimits SL 41, Predator 447-R and Formula 350SS FX we ran there. But we still needed something stable and nimble on the water for his photo platform. That’s where John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine in Miami stepped up, big time. Not only did Tomlinson agree to run those above mentioned boats for us and provide his expert opinion, he offered an Airship RIBs 330 for us to use as a photo boat. Of course, we graciously accepted.
Though TNT began servicing Airship RIBs built in Vermillion, Ohio, under the direction of former Union Internationale Motonautique Class-1 offshore racer Jim Dyke, about six years ago, the company became a dealer four years ago. Since then TNT has sold 10 or so of the 33-footers, with power ranging from twin 150-hp Mercury Marine outboards to twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards. The company offers three models: a 28-footer, a 31-footer (a stretched 28) and a 33-footer.