Marine dealership turned over to son
In January Rocky and Sue Flint turned the operation of their 33 year-old business, Rocky's Marine, Inc., over to their son Casey and his wife Holli.
The business started in 1980 as a dealership for Suzuki outboards and Stihl chainsaws with Flint doing the mechanical work and wife Sue doing the bookkeeping while working a second job as a nurse at the local hospital.
In 1983, Yamaha worked to expand their line of outboard engines to the United States and came to Petersburg in search of a dealer. Rocky's was given the dealership and competed against an established business offering Johnson and Mercury products.
The new Yamaha dealership inventoried their first shipment of 20 outboards and the company soon offered boats and skiffs to drive additional sales of outboards to the Petersburg market.
In 1992, Rocky's became an exclusive dealer for Yamaha and offered no competing outboard products.
President Casey Flint said the company has offered a variety of boats during their tenure. Boats and skiffs built by Magnum, Alumaweld, Sea Sport, Sea Swirl and others have come and gone. The company now features boats from Sea Ark, Lund, Woolridge, Hewescraft and electronics by Garmin.
Their Stihl line has expanded from chainsaws to all types of power lawn and garden products.
In 2013 the company was recognized for reaching their 30-year milestone as a Yamaha dealer.
Company sales have expanded from the Petersburg market to throughout Southeast Alaska. Casey added, "We shipped a lower unit to Costa Rica this year and other parts throughout Alaska."
In 2001 the company erected a 60x80 sq. ft. building next door to their 2,500 sq. ft. shop. The 7,000 sq. ft. facility houses offices, a showroom and shop space. The company employs 9 people.