Introducing Owner, Kerry Hamlin...
Kerry started racing boats in 1978. He enlisted in he Marine Corps in 1983 and served four years as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief. When he returned from the Marine Corps he resumed boat racing, joined the Michigan National Guard and worked at Brinkman Propeller Marine as the service manager until 1995 when he deployed to Hattie in the Michigan National Guard as a helicopter crew chief.
When he returned he started Northern Lakes Propeller in Alanson in 1996 and did wholesale propeller repair to over 60 marinas in Northern Michigan until 2005 when he again deployed with the Michigan National Guard for one year to Kosovo as a Blackhawk crew chief.
Upon his return he was no longer able to operate the propeller shop at is location in Alanson. He came across a company in Gaylord called Custom Marine and Machine that overhauled flat head marine engines for wood boats. He purchased the name and moved the propeller shop to the north side of Gaylord in 2007 and assumed the name Custom Marine.
That same year the owners of Otsego Lake Marine had decided after 35 years to close the marina. Kerry was looking for storage buildings and since they had been a customer of the propeller shop a agreement was arranged to lease the buildings for the winter and in the spring purchase the assets of the marina and assume operation at the current location on the south end of Otsego lake in Gaylord.
Custom Marine-Northern Lakes Propeller is the only marine repair facility in Northern Michigan with its own propeller repair shop on site.
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