By Focus Staff
A few years ago, Seymour resident Eric Burnett, who had been in boat sales and repair since 1997, saw the need for a boat service and repair shop and decided to open one.
“I wanted to bring more honesty and integrity to the business, so I decided to go out on my own,” Burnett told the Focus matter-of-factly.
With the assistance of wife, Shanea, who serves as the office manager, Burnett opened Marine Outboard Specialties two years ago this October.
The family-owned and operated repair shop in Seymour offers service and repair on Mercury, Yamaha, & Evinrude E-Tec boat motors. While customers are treated like they were part of the family, Marine Outboard Specialties also offers top-notch mechanical repair and diagnostic testing.
“We treat every customer like they were a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services are the best, and come with a personal touch,” Burnett added.
In addition to the servicing of boat motors, the shop offers fiberglass and gel coat repair, personal watercraft repair, and trolling motor repair. As a dealer for Pro-Marine, Sierra/Medart, OBR, and CDI the shop also offers a variety of parts and accessories. They also sell and install Nightfishion Backlights, for night fishing, and Power-Poles, which are shallow water anchors.
In addition to celebrating two years of business this October, the Burnett’s are also celebrating the birth of their first child, daughter Michelle, who is 9 weeks old.
“She is our pride and joy,” Shanea said, “and will be fishing with Mommy and Daddy before you know it.”
Marine Outboard Specialties is located at 755 Old Sevierville Pike, Seymour and serves all surrounding areas including (but not limited to) Sevierville, Kodak, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, Dandridge, Maryville, Alcoa, Douglas Lake, Fort Loudon Lake, Norris Lake, & Watts Bar. Their hours of operation are Monday- Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, call them at 865-898-0009 or visit them online at www.marineoutboardspecialties.com.