A professional life in boats
The different phases of my adult life have been spent in different facets of the marine industry. From large container ships to small tugs to military small craft to large yachts with a mix of the small stuff in between and the industries that support each type of vessel.
A life spent messing about in boats
Tommy has been uniquely involved in almost every aspect of the marine industry. The desire to learn everything about boats was fostered at a young age through a wide assortment of boats his father introduced to the family. From center console to ski boats, day sailors to sportfish boats there was always some new floating craft to climb around on. The maritime industry called after high school and a year at Massachusetts Maritime Academy brought new knowledge about the marine transportation and engineering worlds. Life aboard ships on the high seas was not the avenue for a career in the marine industry for Tommy. After a few more years of college, the United States Coast Guard was the next stop. Trained in small boat handling, navigation, boating safety, law enforcement and basic maintanence of small crafts, the Reserves opened the door to a job as a first mate on a motor yacht out of South Florida. Living aboard and cruising the Caribbean and East Coast of the US furthered the career in the marine industry. The years spent living aboard, maintaining a large vessel, entertaining guests and keeping the owners in fresh fish was an incredibly rewarding experience. One that led Tommy to enter into the Yacht Design program at the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. After meeting his wife, life on the yacht was traded for life in the boatyard at Huckins Yacht Corporation. Through nearly 8 years at the company, a true education in boats was gained. Starting as an apprentice mechanic and working into the new construction department, experience was gained in fiberglass construction, carpentry, systems, design and project management. From there a position in quality control and eventually service manager running the daily operation of the yard, estimating repair work and keeping the customers smiling. Then it was on to St. Johns Boat Company where Tommy became certified to run the Marine Travelift, service Hamilton Jets and managed the company. All of this experience has formed a solid foundation to assist you with your upcoming project or purchase.
Hamilton Jet Technician
Marine Travelift Operator
Survey Associate, SAMS
16 years in the marine industry