Known as South Florida’s top state-of-the-art custom rigging center, TNT Custom Marine utilizes the newest technologies and equipment on all of our re-rig projects. Long time boat racer and powerboat enthusiast, Lorne Leibel, brought his boats to TNT Custom Marine for some new upgrades which included upgrades of complete power trains, engine drives, and gimbal rebuilds. Read below to find out more! For more on the services TNT Custom Marine offers, click here!
Built-in 1987 and powered by triple 800-hp Keith Eickert engines, the famed Apache is owned by Canadian Lorne Leibel, a longtime friend, and client of Tomlinson’s. (In 1987, Tomlinson drove his first offshore race with Leibel handling the throttles.) Leibel sold the boat to another buyer 17 years ago and has regretted it ever since, according to Tomlinson.
“Lorne finally convinced the owner, who lives in New Jersey, to sell it back to him two years ago,” he said. “We are redoing the drives and the rigging. The engines are being rebuilt by Mike D’Aniballe at Sterling Performance in Michigan. It should be done next month.
“The boat still has its original paint and interior and they still look as good as they did 25 years ago,” he added, then laughed. “I remember the first time I rode in it, probably 20 years ago. It was the loudest boat I’d ever been in.”