Advance Marine of Jacksonville, Inc. 

Advance Marine of Jacksonville, Inc.

Your Suzuki and Tohatsu Sales and Outboard Service Center; Family Owned and Operated at the Same Jacksonville Business Location for Over 38 Years!

By Terry Newsome

Established in 1978, Advance Marine of Jacksonville, Inc. has earned an impeccable reputation for providing world-class service on all brands of outboard engines and boats. Offering a complete line of new Suzuki and Tohatsu outboard engines, Advance Marine of Jacksonville is setting a new standard for lightweight performance. Watersport fun and excitement truly starts at Advance Marine!

Family owned and operated, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing power boat racing legend and Owner of Advance Marine of Jacksonville, Mr. Sam Jenkins. Sam and his family’s impressive heritage in Northeast Florida dates back to his great-great grandfather who owned one of the largest tracks of land in Northeast Florida for generations (near the Camp Blanding area.) “We love our Northeast Florida heritage and really enjoy being a part of the community,” Sam proudly proclaims, “and our customers are like our family. We have several close friends that were originally loyal customers.  We have dinner together, we invite them to our lake house for the weekend and we genuinely enjoy all of the friends we have made through our business.”

Sam and his talented staff are dedicated to providing customers with the quality of service they deserve. “Our reputation and the high-level of service we deliver to our customers are very important standards for us,” Sam explains, “and we truly value and appreciate every customer. No one is perfect and like any other business, we occasionally have our challenges, but we always use our best efforts and strive to do things right… the first time; every time.”  I can tell you with absolute certainty that Sam and his friendly staff at Advance Marine of Jacksonville truly care about delivering 100% satisfaction to every customer. Sam runs his thriving business with integrity and he is a man of his word. In fact, I have personally read a multitude of reviews posted online by Sam’s customers.  The reviews have a recurring theme!  Advance Marine of Jacksonville continues to receive outstanding ratings because they truly care about their customers!

One of the most impressive attributes of Sam Jenkins is his vast mechanical and technological expertise in the high-performance marine industry.  Having won back to back “modified production” world titles (including an entire undefeated racing season,) Sam is extremely well-respected within the “inner-circle” of power boat racing technicians and professionals. In fact, many of the innovative techniques that Sam developed, fine-tuned and advanced over the years (building high-performance boat racing engines) have become benchmarks among the racing elite.  Advance Marine customers benefit from his vast knowledge and expertise in the marine world. That’s why he is one of the most respected marine dealers in the US.   “Advance Marine of Jacksonville is a full-service Suzuki and Tohatsu sales and service center,” Sam explains, “and I am extremely proud to be an authorized dealer of such quality brands.  We are confident that we can find just the right outboard to suit the needs of each individual customers.”

Suzuki is a household name and world-wide leader in delivering quality outboards into the global marketplace and has theindustry’s largest all-4-stroke lineup. From mini-might 2.5 horsepower portable outboards right up to the new flagship 4-liter 300-horsepower V6, Suzuki offers a powerful choice for every boater. Suzuki offers twenty models in all, each packed with advanced features and cutting-edge technology.  “I am a big-believer in the Suzuki brand and continue to get positive feedback from our customers who purchased Suzuki engines and other Suzuki products from us,” says Sam, “but I am also extremely impressed with the Tohatsu brand.”

Founded in 1922 by legendary aviation engineer Masuzo Takata, Tohatsu is Japan’s oldest outboard motor manufacturer and the “quiet leader” in the country’s thriving marine marketplace. Ranging from 2.5 HP to 250 HP, Tohatsu outboards, are built with one-of-a-kind direct injection technology, which has revolutionized environmental performance. “Tohatsu outboards are the best kept secret in the marketplace,” Sam explains, “and they are a force to be reckoned with as they expand market share in the US. Tohatsu delivers performance, safety and ease of use.  Plus, they are an exceptional value and have excellent customer service.”

Whether you choose Suzuki or Tohatsu, you can’t go wrong with Advanced Marine of Jacksonville!  All of us here at Coastal Angler Magazine wish Sam Jenkins and his family continued success with their successful business!  So, if you are looking for watersport fun, a new premium-quality outboard motor or just need service on your current outboard, we recommend Advance Marine of Jacksonville, Inc., located at 9451 Craven Road (across the street from the Sunbeam Road Post Office.)  For more details, call 904-730-3332 or visit