TNT Custom Marine owners John Tomlinson and Mike Thomas are dedicated to repowering boats, having at least one boat to repower weekly. Also, Tomlinson estimated that he outsells all other dealers in the state for large outboards. Keep reading below to find out more about TNT Custom Marine. If you interested in repowering your boat please contact us at 305-944-2118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Tomlinson and Mike Thomas knew the importance of becoming a Mercury dealer when they started TNT Custom Marine. They also own, with another partner, the former Spinnaker Marina that’s now TNT Marine Center in North Miami.
“We’ve been doing repowers ever since I got the outboard dealership 18 or 19 years ago,” Tomlinson says. “We’re repowering something every single week.”
And with boats constantly getting bigger, engines are growing, as well. Offshore Performance Specialties in Fort Myers, Fla., is one of Mercury Marine’s biggest repower centers, but owner Donnie Carter has more flats boat and bass boat customers who buy single engines. TNT is on the east coast of Florida, and Tomlinson estimates that he outsells all other dealers in the state for large outboards.
“Twins, triples, and quads — we do those 10-to-1 versus a single,” he says, adding that they are all engines in excess of 300 hp. His scheduled repower jobs include maybe one for twins. The rest are all triples or quads, and many of those are for multiple 400- and 450-hp engines.
TNT has a walk-in parts department, but Tomlinson says it mainly feeds the service techs to make sure they have the parts they need quickly. With so many customers shopping online, Tomlinson and Thomas decided not to focus on parts and accessories.
Tomlinson doesn’t stock many engines because of the choices customers now have in colors, shaft lengths, and lower units. “There’s four different colors, three different shaft lengths and two different midsections on the V-8 300, and I guarantee the one you have isn’t going to be the one you need,” he says. “I order as needed.”