What our Boat customers say about our repair services in California

Reviews and Testimonials from some of our boat repair projects performed by Outbreak Engineering California.



2016 Yamaha AR190

Outbreakmarine is the one place that won't turn you away when you have a challenging marine project.
We bought a 2016 Yamaha AR190 jet boat and knew from the start that some modifications need to be made if we were to keep this boat in our garage just like we did with our old 2006 Bayliner 175.
The boat is designed to fit with the tower folded under a standard garage doors but ours was 7 inches too short (house was built 25 yrs. ago)... Well, I gave the wife a promise that I will make it fit just fine (despite the Yamaha's Sales and Service staff skepticism - they directly refused to have anything to do with modifications).
I had no choice but go on-line and look for a marine shop that does not mind custom work.
So, that is how I met Thomas and Mark - a dynamic duo that will keep you entertained for sure.
Not only did they take on the challenge on doing whatever it takes to the trailer and the tower to shave off the needed excess height, they actually recommended modifications that made the boat's stance on the trailer stronger and better than when it came off the factory floor!
They also installed my new "sound toys", researched and made recommendations for alternative power supply, installed and wired everything with a touch of perfection that warrants no less then complete customer satisfaction!
Now, I am a "shop junkie", so every other day I will pop up at their shop and see if I can get my hands dirty on my new boat. Most places will kick you out and let you know that you will get a call when everything is done. Not Outbreakmarine! Thomas and Mark actually listened to me and were open to discussions and suggestions on how to approach few of the problems we faced with the custom work they had to do. (Advice: Don't push it too far with Thomas. He is a fully trained German Engineer and will tell you straight if your idea is stupid.)
Be aware, Outbreakmarine is a very busy place. They get a lot of customers and do their best to satisfy everyone. It might take a bit longer than usual to get your boat back, but it is well worth it. Plus, you get the benefit to stick around two cool guys - Thomas and Mark!
I am glad I stumbled on them and am sure will see them again (as boat projects never end, you know...).

Mike M
Castro Valley, CA

Thomas and the Outbreak Group are great TECHS and I have lived on Discovery Bay for 20 years and have used every Marine Business. They are the best for Small and Mid sized vessels period.......



John G
Discovery Bay, CA



I bought a boat off Craiglist and it was a complete nightmare. I did a Iot of research and found Outbreak marine. I than called Thomas told me to bring my boat in. I then made the trip from SF and it was well worth it. Thomas and Mark are great mechanics and we're very patient in showing me what needed to be done. They helped me save some money too.  It was all done in a timely and very happy with the outcome. These guys do the job right.


Jayson D.




If you need a great/honest mechanic, I suggest you contact Thomas at Outbreak Marine ASAP if you want the job done right.  

Before i brought my boat to Outbreak, I was out on SF Bay when I encountered a problem on the water when my boat would not start up and i was dead in the water.  I called Thomas and explained to him what had happened and he advised me to try a few things to see if I could get the engine started, could not start.  Thomas actually did NOT have to help me, but he took the time and effort to try and help me while I was stranded on the water.  And he did not even charge me for his time.  (That is great/honest customer service)

So I brought my boat into Outbreak for an engine rebuild.  Prior to this Thomas helped me with a fuel sender problem and he came out to Berkeley Marina to fix the problem and this was the reason I decided to use him again to rebuild my Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI.  I first brought my to another shop and did not feel that they were giving me the correct diagnosis so I called Thomas,  I brought my boat to him and he gave me an estimate which was much lower than the the shop i originally brought it to.  During the rebuild,Thomas was always in communication with me every step of the way on this massive rebuild.  He would even send me links showing me the difference stages he was at once the particular parts were in.  If there was any problems, Thomas would contact me immediately to give me the 411 and what needs to be done.

My boat has been completed with a new rebuild and was able to take it out on a sea trial, and the boat purrs like a kitten.

Thank you Thomas and Mark at Outbreak for getting me back on the water again.


Bryan G.

San Francisco, CA


Fire department boat rescue team bay area

I'm taking a moment to write this review in relation to Outbreak. I work in Emergency services and on a  Boat Rescue team for a  Fire Department in Bay Area.


I'm also a member of Pacific Coast Water Rescue which provides water rescue services on the Delta waterways. it is essential that rescue boats are reliable and capable during emergency operations.
For several years I have worked with Outbreak to make sure our boats meet the professional requirements  of emergency operations. I have found both Thomas and Mark to be very professional , and capable of doing all aspects of marine services.

Not only would I highly recommend using their services  I feel that they are  the only marine service business I would trust o work on our emergency marine vessels based on past experiances.


Robert H.


Vintage 1970 17ft

I have a vintage 1970 17ft  runabout with a 155hp V6 Kaiser inboard/outboard engine and an OMC stern drive.  It was difficult to find a shop to even work on my boat!.  When I spoke to Thomas at Outbreak he said that they could work on anything.  They also performed an inspection and determined that the extensive maintenance I had planned was worth doing.  As it turns out Mark who is a master mechanic had extensive experience with my type of sterndrive. Thomas sent me clear pictures that detailed the need for maintenance and repair.  One of the challenges of the repair was to find parts although between Outbreak  parts connections and Marks ability those problems were solved.  The best part of the repair was getting my boat up to spec and have it run both engine and drive perfectly.   

Thanks for the great work PCS!

Jay H. Santa Rosa


If you live in the bay area, you are lucky.  Outbreak is a class act.  My boat was in Japan at the time of the 2010 Tsunami.  She took a beating then, and then she took another beating crossing the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco.  I purchased the boat from the Japanese sailor who single-handed the boat across the ocean.  She was a project when she got here.  When I called Thomas, he already knew about the boat.  When I met him at the Marina he was right on time.  Thomas put all new electronics in the boat, the same as in his own sailboat, and in the process re-wired the whole boat.  Never once was I overcharged, but instead, he let me proceed with the project incrementally, as I was ready to get more done, and as his schedule allowed.  EVERTYHING he did on the boat is BETTER than new, and he did what he said he would do.  I appreciate the excellent work ethic and the love of sailing that Thomas has.


I recommend PCS Marine!

John W Antioch CA


Catalina 27

Hello Thomas,


It has been a great pleasure to have you and Mark from Outbreak restore my Catalina 27. I found you through Craig's List and learned about your interest in sailing from your website. Then many months ago, I called for your help with some small items on my boat. It was very good fortune that you did so much more for her by bringing her to your shop. She is now safe and sound, whereas before, she was not so safe and sound despite her nice external appearance. Thank you for your education in thorough attention to the safety of all systems. You turned my old Universal 5411 from the brink of disaster to a reliable, effective motor, and you found and repaired the faults in her hull below the waterline so that she is safely ready for her next 30 years of sailing. Thank you for such professional and knowledgeable attention. Thanks also for allowing me to participate in the work. It has been more than a pleasure to get to know you and Mark while learning so much from you.

Best wishes,



Peter R.

Davis, CA


Stancraft 27

I would highly recommend Outbreak for any of your boat needs. My boat was very neglected when I came across it. For some strange reason I fell in love with it. Every mechanic I came across to work on my boat thought I was crazy and performed very insufficient non caring work. I found PCS on line after being frustrated with many others that had worked on boat. Thomas came out to my berth in Napa and loved the boat as I did. He actually came and pulled my boat out of the water and brought it to his shop. He researched the make of the boat as I did to see if it was worth repairing. He found that indeed it was. Outbreak performed fiberglass work, complete rewire, complete outdrive rebuild, serviced the engine, removed all rust and painted the engine AND installed a windlass and GPS fish finder. They did it all. They went far above and beyond what they could have GOTTEN AWAY WITH. As what had happened in the past. I now have a fantastic like new boat. I would highly recommend PCS Marine for ANY boat work. Thank you  


Rick, Napa CA


Sailboat Engine Repair

Thank you so much for the work done on my sail boat last weekend. I was pleased with everything and will use your services again. You were on time, polite, efficient, and explained to me what was to be done. This is how I could get done what I needed to do, and everything went much faster. I am ready for the sailing season ahead!
--C. Portwell


Flexibility in dealing with a difficult job.


Tom is by far the most honest and trusting marine mechanic I have met.  He was very professional and is full of knowledge.  I truly appreciate the time he took to explain my situation and overall I could not be more pleased with his service.  Many thanks Tom and I will be sure to recommend you to any of my friends or family who may need help with their marine services.


Kind Regards,


Rob M.


28-Foot Bayliner


“I want to thank you guys! You did a great job on my OMC 5.7 liter engine.  I spent a fortune on several mechanics before locating Outbreak.  The motor never ran right.  After you guys showed up today my motor finally runs and it sounds great. You guys are efficient and did an awesome job”


Pittsbrug, CA 


Outboard Motor

Tom thank you for being so honest with me after checking out my 9.9 HP

Mercury Outboard.  You explained that the cost to repair the motor is more than what it is  worth. You demonstrated what was wrong with the motor.  Taking the time to go over the defects and malfunctions of the motor.  I appreciate that and thank you for putting me in contact with a good Mercury dealer.  The dealer offered me a great deal!


Thanks again for the excellent service.


Robert. P


Trailer Repair

Tom thank you customizing my boat trailer.  You and your crew are true masters of your trade.  The job you did is amazing.  Building the entire upper system in less than two daysfrom scratch, your work is seamless. The fully adjustable sliders on my trailer will fit every boat I have and its durability and strength is the best I have ever seen.  Again, I thank you for getting a perfect job done in a timely manner.  



San Francisco, CA 


Maxum 26

Tom is by FAR the most professional marine mechanic in this industry. Honest, reliable and most importantly very thorough. Im lucky to have found him. thanks Again for your work.




Cal 2-25

I found Outbreak via Google because my Yanmar inboard had stopped firing up on my 1978 Cal 2-25.  From the first day I met Tom, he proved to be very professional and knowledgable.  He diagnosed the problem, found the best prices for parts, and got us back on the water with an engine that is now purring.  He also did all the work with an assistant, who was also very knowledgable.  Having four hands on the job made things go a lot smoother and quicker.
My 30 year old engine had  never really been served and Tom ended up replacing the head gasket, risers, exhaust manifold, and starter motor.  He even went the extra mile and took the head back to his shop to clean and polish it.  
Now, my engine starts on simple flick of the key and sounds and runs great.  I would fully recommend PCS Marine to any fellow boaters in the Bay Area.



San Francisco


Reinell Cuddy Cabin

I contacted Tom seeking a service for my Reinell Cuddy Cabin. What I received was far more than a service. By the time Tom was finished, he had enthusiastically taught me more about my boat and maintenance, than I have learned in the eight years I've owned her. Honest, professional, reasonably price, and prompt. I recommend Outbreak to anyone needing boat service!





Chris Craft 21

I just got my Chris Craft back from Tom and I am more than happy. I was given a quote by another boat mechanic for a rear main seal.  Not only was it not needed, but I saved over $3,700 as that repair was not needed.  I have all the trust and confidence in Outbreak and would highly recommend.




Professional, neat, and most important to me, honest!

I was looking for someone to complete some electrical work I needed and found Outbreak on Craigslist.  I usually seek professional shops but I decided to gamble and I’m glad I did.  Tom and I spoke on the phone and said he would come by and take the boat to his shop.  When he arrived the next day, we talked for more than an hour regarding maintenance and the work I’d asked him to do.  Tom gave me some suggestions on the some “too do items” and also gave me clear instructions on yearly maintenance.  Tom pointed out that allot of the work could be completed by me “Save money, spend it taking the wife out for dinner” was his reply.  With the shop rates as they are, I figure I’ll save myself some dollars $$$ in labor and parts.  Now you tell me, what shop would do that!  Tom left and I received a call about 3 hours later letting me know that he had completed one of the jobs and then again after the last.  I really appreciated being kept informed especially when I didn’t ask him to do so.  The work was neat, wires soldered, wrapped, and completed to my satisfaction.  Tom charged me the quoted amount even though it took more time than anticipated. Tom, like I told you after we spoke “good people are hard to find”.  Honesty is a virtue that can’t be overlooked.  You have my business forever.


Thanks again,Bob  


LCM 6 56 ft Landing Craft (1946) full restoration

Couldn't have done it without your help and expertise! Being from Montana and taking on a difficult boat project 2,000 miles away that was on a tight budget and an even tighter time schedule, made me very skeptical that I would be able to find a descent, much less, trustworthy mechanic, welder, electrician, ect. Well, I really hit the jackpot with Outbreak. Finding Tom and Outbreak got me everyone wrapped up in one man! Honesty, Integrity, Timeliness,  Knowledge, Commitment to see the project through to the end and a sense of humor is what Tom displayed throughout this 7 week project. I take great pride in calling Tom our project technical guru as well as my friend. Now how many times has anyone said that about their hired mechanic?


Thanks for everything Tom and I will see you in Nome, AK!


Mike Georgeson - All In Ventures, Inc.



2101 Seaswirl Striper fuel gauge problem

I found Outbreak on craigslist and decided to look up their website. After viewing the many positive testimonials, i decided to call them. 
I spoke to Tom and within 5 minutes, i knew he is a man of his words and is very informative in his skilled profession, which i am not. 
Tom met me at my boat and fixed the problem within 15 minutes. This was much more convient than taking it to my normal service shop andnot only did he save me money and time, but also the peace of mind of not being nickled and dimed for things that don't need repair. 
I would difinately use them again. Bye bye to my old service shop. 
Thank you Tom and Outbreak for making this experience painless (I also mean $ wise :)




Outbreak comes highly recommended by me.

I will be a first time boat owner and thank God I spoke with Tom (owner) at PCS Marine before buying a boat!!!! Tom spent well over an hour on the phone with me going through every aspect of the boat. I had planned on sending Tom over to check the boat out, but after my conversation with him on the phone (for over an hour) we came to the conclusion this boat was way over priced, and had engine components  that had inherent problems historically.


Unfortunately you don't find many honest people today.


You will find integrity, honesty, someone who is very well educated and loves what he does at Outbreak.



2005 Mastercraft X2

audio, mechanical and security upgrades and repairs.

This was by far my best marine mechanic/engineer experience. I highly recommend Outbreak Marine for all your maintenance needs and custom marine engineering solutions. Not only Outbreak checked my fluids, adjusted them and did other routine items, but they also designed and manufactured custom security solutions for my vessel, helped me deal with insurance claim paperwork and went out of their way to complete all the repairs and improvements to my most complete satisfaction. This company is a pleasure to do business with and they will get you back on the water as soon as possible.

Thanks, Stan


2000 Centurion Eclipse V-Drive

2000 Centurion Eclipse V-Drive – maintenance service,
prop shaft seal adjustment, steering cable replacement I must say, I wish I
would have found Outbreak marine sooner. In the past, I have always had a boat dealer service my boat. Tom is a true professional and expert on anything boat related. He and Fred took care of me big time - saving me thousands in comparison to what a dealer might charge. Not only that, Tom personally worked on my boat. How many dealers or shop owners do that these days? I am recommending Outbreak to everyone I know that owns a boat in the East Bay Area. You will not find a more honest marine pro and at fair price!




Custom WakeBoard Tower Installation Bayliner

First of all I'd like to thank Tom and his staff for the great job they did on my boat. Tom was honest, professional and made sure that I was aware of everything that was being done to my boat prior to it being done. He took the time to show me his vision and educated me on the pro's and con's of the work before he started. I could not have been happier with the results once it was done and will definitely refer friends and family to this business!


Thanks again Tom



Rebuilt black scorpion engine

This is for Tom and his team at Outbreak. First I want to say thanks for the awesome job you did on my engine.. Tom will give an honest diagnostics and will give a thorough explanation what the problem is. He is not out there to rip anyone off. His communication is great and lets you know how to prevent future problems as well as maintenance on your boat. He did a full rebuilt on my black scorpion engine and I couldn't be happier. He gives good advice and now he is the person I turn to if I have any issues with my boat. Thanks again Tom and to your team at outbreak marine!





2002 2301 Seaswirl Rebuilt

Thanks again Tom and Outbreak Marine team!


Awesome job Tom and Outbreak Marine team!  Your diligence shows the workmanship that every boat deserves.  Boat runs like a dream after a complete motor rebuild as you recommend it and delivered as promised.  No more un burn gas odor that every boat owner would hate to have.  I tell you that this boat found a shop for life.  Thank god we found you on craigslist.  I know after talking to you on the phone, I felt the passion for the work you do and it shows the results.


I highly recommend Outbreak Marine to anyone that needs work on their boat and expect the issues to be resolved.  If your searching for an honest shop, stands behind their service, owner who's not afraid to get dirty and present you the replaced parts with detailed information without having to ask for them I believed speaks great integrity.  


Lastly, thanks for shedding some light on preventive maintenance so future headaches can be avoided.  






Volvo Penta drive repair

Tom worked on my boat by repairing my out-drive, he worked with me to keep the cost down by repairing it rather than full expensive rebuilt. He was able to fix my engine's low rpm problem by figuring out it was out of time. I took my boat to 3 other boat shops before Outbreak marine and they didn't fix the problem. He fixed the problem in 15 minutes, knows Volvo Penta engines very well. Thanks Tom for getting my boat to run fast again.  




Thomas and his crew got my  boat back to running again better than ever after sitting in storage for few years.  If you have a problems with your boat I would highly recommend Outbreak Marine...1st class act!


James A.

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