A Little About Us
Osmond Joseph Young, better known as “O.J” is the owner of OJ’s Marine, Inc. The company has been at its current 1900 Shipyard Drive address since 2010. A successful boat yard owner, OJ has been working on boats since his first boat restoration project at age 14. He has been featured in many sailing magazine articles such as Sports Illustrated, South Wind Magazine, Sailing World, Sail Magazine and Tell Tails including a book written by Dennis Conner, No Excuse To Lose.
In the Young family sailing goes back a long way. In 1889, Captain Louis Young, OJ’s great grandfather sailed to New Orleans from Gloster, Massachusetts. Captain Young remained in New Orleans and the family became a mainstay in the boating circles there. O.J.’S father was a boat builder all his life. In 1960 OJ went to work for his father full time at Young’s Boatyard in New Orleans. They sold the yard in 1980 and OJ moved to Texas where he helped build Bridge Harbor Boat Yard. He also worked at Seabrook Yacht Services and owned a business at Gulf States Yachts. He has also been a service dealer for Morgan, Irwin, Gulfstar, Catalina, Cal, Ranger, Ericson, Laser, Hobie Cat, Lancer, Islander, Endeaver and O Day.
At age 13 OJ entered his first boat race on Lake Pontchartrain with his 9 foot hydroplane powered 48 cubic inch engine named Lil Swamp Fire. At age 18, he served as crew for R.A. McDerby in a world record performance in the marathon Long Beach-Catalina Isle powerboat race. In 1956 OJ was a freshman on the SMU football team alongside former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith. He was also a crewman to Gilbert Gray in the 1956 Mallory Cup (North American Senior Men’s Championship) in which they placed second. In 1973 he was aboard Munequita, which won first in class and fleet at the SORC. In 1974 he raced Swampfire to a world championship in the Three-Quarter Ton Class. In 1975 he sailed with Dennis Conner aboard Stinger, and won the SORC again! He also sailed in an offshore championship Admiral’s Cup on a Peterson 46 in 1979 and was in the Fastnet Disaster. He also won the Gulfport-Pensacola Race in Elda III with a Shaw 24 yawl in 1962. He also sailed in the Britain Reef Series in a Beneteau in 1989 and won! He has owned many sailboats that he has raced and has won many trophies over the years. After winning the 2013 Harvest Moon Regatta O.J. is selling his Whitby 42 and proclaims to have purchased his last boat; a 42' Hallberg Rassy, which he has decided to call "Happy Ending".
As you can see, with his many years of boat building, servicing, and racing you can feel confident that when you bring your boat to OJ’S Marine, Inc your boat will be repaired or serviced by experienced technicians and craftsmen. OJ is always overseeing all aspects of the work being done at OJ’s Marine, Inc. From a simple quick haul to a total refit you can count on OJ to get the job done the first time. No job is too small or too large for OJ’s Marine, Inc.
O.J.'S Marine, Inc. is committed to using decades of experience in full service yacht repair and maintenance to ensure our customers receive the highest quality of service with the utmost integrity at a reasonable price.
As O.J.'S Marine grows, continuing to hire & train the most skilled workers in the area is the highest priority, so it will always be the place to bring your boat when you want it done right.