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Parker Marine, Inc. has been serving boat owners nationally (and some internationally) for close to three decades!   We are a full service boat yard that strives to live up to and promote our reputation that has been built on the trust of our customers for establishing excellence in every job, and setting the standards for which boats are repaired, rebuilt, serviced and upgraded.   PMI offers repairs and upgrades to hull structure and finish, electrical and electronics systems, engine, transmission and underwater propulsion systems, sailboat rigging, plumbing and air conditioning systems.  We have the experience, equipment  and facility to handle most pleasure craft up to 60 feet in length.   We are conveniently located between Cleveland and Sandusky on the Black River in the Harbor of Lorain.  Please explore our website, we are proud of what we have accomplished in partnership with our customers!  If you have any questions please feel free to either call us or drop an email, our contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.






The before and after pictures shown above illustrate how the PMI team, by working closely with our customers  can assist  them in pursuing  the system, layout, functionality and usability  that is so important on today's modern yachts.   The picture on the left shows the helm station on the flybridge of a 56' Sedan Bridge Motor yacht, with the dash and electronics configured by the boat builder in need of an upgrade.  The picture on the right was taken upon completion of the upgrade, which features the installation of two Raymarine E Series 12 inch multifunction displays along with a new 10kw radar, Raystar 125 GPS, video cameras and more.  The new system currently displays all charting functions  (Navionics Platinum), Radar, Fish Finder, DVD, live images from two on-board video cameras, as well as all navigation information including speed, depth, position, heading, etc.   Future upgrades possible for the systems displays include Sirius Marine Weather and engine instrument integration. The Raymarine E-Series displays have been on the market for several years now and have a proven "in service"  track record!   Prior to the installation of the new electronics by our on staff Raymarine certified installer, the entire fiberglass top of the helm station was removed from the vessel and restyled by our in house engineering staff, then rebuilt and refinished in our fiberglass shop, customized to the owners desires for the layout of the new instrumentation. 




This Tarten Ten class sailboat suffered major damage to her port side sustained in a collision which occurred during a racing event.  The picture on the left shows the just how large the hole was.  The picture on the right shows the same boat after completion of repairs.  At PMI, we have been performing fiberglass repair work on vessels of all sizes and shapes, sail and power, for three decades.   The workmanship, attention to detail,  knowledge and experience that goes into each of  our finished repair jobs are attributes that serve as the foundation of our reputation!   You can see more work of this type completed by PMI by clicking on the pictures or link above and also by selecting  Projects link .




One of the largest insures of  pleasure craft in the U.S. recently published startling facts relating to the number one cause of onboard fires:  faulty electrical systems!   Whether it is an AC or DC system, problems within the system can cause fires, explosions and electrocutions or minimally an inconvenience  such as dead batteries which could cause your engines to not start.  Shown in the upper left picture is a 42' twin diesel inboard powerboat that had the DC primary system completely re-engineered and rewired by PMI.   In addition to the rewiring, the battery banks are mounted in a custom built fiberglass enclosure, designed, built and installed by PMI.  This vessel was originally built with the batteries spread throughout the engine compartment, making for unnecessary wire runs as well as accessibility problems for routine maintenance.  

The upper right picture is an "in progress" shot of a  complete rewiring job on a DC system on a 33' center console twin outboard custom sport fishing vessel, the Ohio-SP-10 whose home port is Ft. Lauderdale.   This project is another great example of what the PMI team can do.  The Ohio-SP-10 was brought to the PMI shop because of a fuel leak that apparently was under the cockpit sole, but could not be accessed without cutting and removing the sole.  What we found in addition to the fuel leak was that the structure of the vessel was failing due to poor design and water penetration into the wood products used for longitudinal stringers and bulkheads.  After almost 1,000 labor hours later, the Ohio-SP-10 was completely rebuilt, including  new vacuum bagged foam composite stringers and transom reinforcement, new fuel tanks and fuel system, complete replacement of DC electrical system, engine controls, electronics and custom teak cockpit sole. 




The picture above left shows an Olympic Class Star boat, which has had all her surfaces from the gunwales to the bottom of the keel completely faired by the PMI team.   A perfect fairing job on a Star Class racing boat is more than just another job; it is a PMI tradition!  We have been fairing Star Class racing boats for three decades. During the seventies when an owner of a Star whom was one of the first to have his boat faired at PMI was launching his boat at a major Florida winter circuit regatta was asked by an admiring competitor: " who did the work on your boat?"  The owner and his friend quipped; "it's been Parkerized".  Almost thirty years have passed since that phrase was coined (thanks Roger, thanks Bob!),  but today sailboat owners around the country proudly display our bumper sticker on their trailers "I've been Parkerized"!   Technology has helped to make our lives easier during the past three decades, but unfortunately to turn out a great fairing job; it still takes hours and hours of tedious hand sanding to achieve perfection, and that hasn't changed at PMI.

The picture on the upper right is of the keel of an International J-22 Class racing sailboat.  This keel has been optimized to the J-22 International Class specifications, and faired to perfection by the PMI fairing experts!  Over the past three decades,  "Parkerized" boats  have won at all levels of competition from the fleet level, to the Olympic level and many national championships in between!




 In the picture to the above left, we are removing a 450 hp turbo charged Cummins diesel engine from a 42' sport boat for transmission service.  PMI has the equipment, the facility and the know how to do the job "right" the first time.

In the picture to the above right, we have a Columbia 9.6 sailboat in the shop being refitted with a new Westerbeke diesel engine rated at 30 hp, which is twice the rated power of the originally equipped engine, and the same weight!





This is our  30 ton boat lift at our launch site on the black river, 3.5 miles from Lake Erie.  


Winter Storage made easy!  Drop off your boat at our docks on the Black River, from the Port of Lorain and leave the key; and we take care of the rest!  We can provide the total care free winterizing program, including oil changes and complete winterizing services.    Winter lay-up is the perfect time to schedule your repairs and upgrades as our service and repair shop is open and busy all year round!  For more information about our winter storage pricing, check out our storage page .  To learn more about what to expect on your voyage to PMI,   take a pictorial river trip with us .



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Parker Marine, Inc.

3735 Colorado Avenue

Sheffield Village, Ohio  USA 44054

Telephone:  (440) 949-6151

FAX:  (440) 949-6482


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