After two trips to Park Presidio Marine Services in five days, I HAD to ask. How come your address is 25th Street at Pennsylvania just 5 minutes from McCovey Cove?
Our maintenance team services our outboard engines regularly and tackles most projects, even major overhauls when needed. Our Merc 90, however, was in sad shape after 1,056 hours of operation. Way beyond our maintenance magician’s capabilities.
I drove our trusty Whaler with rusty Merc 90 from TISC to 25th St. Thursday afternoon. Next day Ryan Berrango called with three options: spend $2,500 (could be more) to fix the motor, buy a new motor for $9,000, or purchase a used motor for much less (turns out a customer with IDENTICAL ’05 motor with only 50 hrs decided to upgrade). Bonus – Ryan convinced owner to sell to TISC at reduced price and PPM would give our kids a break on the transfer tune-up costs.
By Tuesday our Whaler with nearly-new Merc 90 was ready and on rainy Wednesday behind our trusty Explorer and back to TISC.
OK, so why is Park Presidio Marine on 25th? Here’s what I found out from Gary Barrango:
- Park Presido Marine was founded in 1963 (sounds like a 50 year anniversary soon!)
- Gary joined in early 70’s after leaving the Coast Guard, eventually bought the business and moved PPM to 25th street in 1983. I can imagine what the traffic would be like now at the old address on 19th avenue !
- Working with his son is rewarding and they see eye-eye (most of the time 🙂 )
Gary and Ryan – THANKS for helping us out on this 50-hour motor. Also thanks for the constant supply of quality parts and timely expert advice you provide that enables us to keep our small armada of safety boats on Clipper Cove watching over kids learning to sail, starting Vanguard 15 & Laser races on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and enabling the sailing community to enjoy SF Bay via our Community Sailing days.
Regards from On Clipper Cove, Dave G