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John Tomlinson and The Art Of Chill


The deck-to-deck tangle of high-performance powerboats on trailers inside the storage facility at TNT Custom Marine in Miami right now, which includes five Marine Technology, Inc., catamarans, four Skater catamarans and a 32-foot Doug Wright cat doesn’t faze John Tomlinson, who co-owns TNT with Mike Thomas, his longtime friend and business partner. And those are the boats on the facility floor—dozens more are high on chronically full storage racks.

Nor is Tomlinson amped up about the current assortment of repower and rigging jobs, which include everything from installing twin supercharged 1,550-hp engines from Sterling Performance in a 36-foot Skater cat owned by noted poker run enthusiast Ron Szolack to installing a pair of Mercury Racing 520 engines in a restored 31-foot Bertram V-bottom built in 1969, on TNT’s plate.

“Business has definitely picked, but we’re always busy this time of year with boats that come down from the Northeast for the winter,” said Tomlinson in his typically low-key fashion. “We can’t take in any more boats right now, but there are no more winter boats coming down. We’re just staying busy.”

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