Superior Marine Services opens in Calcutta

Jason Moore, owner of Superior Marine Services in Calcutta, stands in the shop area of his new business that opened in September 2017. The business focuses on servicing and repairing stern drive and outboard marine motors. Superior Marine is certified to repair Mercury, Volvo Penta and Tohatsu motors. (Photo by Larry Claypool)

CALCUTTA — Fortunately for boat owners in the Ohio Valley, there’s a new master marine mechanic in town — Hookstown’s Jason Moore. Anyone who owns a mechanically propelled boat in this region should have his number in their contacts list.

The 41-year-old Moore has built quite a reputation for his skills, knowledge and dependable service in the marine motor category. That’s led him to begin a new venture not far from his western Pennsylvania roots. In September 2017, Moore opened Superior Marine Services in Calcutta, after running several marine repair shops in California and western Pa.

For nearly 15 years, Moore honed his marine mechanical and management skills in the boating industry in busy shops in Marina Del Rey and Long Beach, Calif. Marina Del Rey is the home of approximately 6,500 boats and Long Beach is the home of the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports in the United States. He ventured to the west coast at age 21, at the urging of his brother, who was living near Hollywood, Calif.

“The winter was slow here, so I sold my boat, my car and took a train to California. I took everything I had,” said Moore. “I walked around for three days, looking for work. There were lots of marine shops in Marina Del Rey. I got hired at the first one I chose to stop at. I was running the show (repair shop) after 2-3 years.”

After five successful years in Marina Del Rey, Moore decided he was ready to run his own shop. He and a friend purchased a declining shop in San Pedro, about 30 minutes south near Long Beach. He helped grow that business, but after 10 years, he decided it was time to move on. He was approaching his mid-30s and his urge to move back home to Pennsylvania, was growing stronger. By that time he was married and they had a young son. The decision was made to return home and claim a piece of land that was part of his grandparents’ farm. He met his wife Jessica, in California, but she was originally from Lorian, Ohio, so it was no issue for her to move back east.

“I grew up on a farm. So I wanted to raise my son (JD) the same way,” said Moore. “I figured I could do business somewhere else. Why not back here.”

It didn’t take long for Moore to find a job back home. His toolbox ended up at a familiar shop, Dockside Marine Services, in nearby Aliquippa, Pa., where his career as a marine mechanic began years before. He quickly helped grow Dockside’s service department. After a successful five-year stint there, it put Moore in a good position to where he had hoped to take over the business one day. After those plans began to waver recently, Moore decided it would be better for him to take the leap and open his own shop.

Moore wanted to offer customers a dependable and knowledgeable repair shop, with reasonable prices and availability. With four marine shops located in Beaver County, Pa., Moore said moving into an eastern Ohio location made perfect sense.

“I’m right off of (state) Route 11, which is a straight shot from up north, I’m sitting on one of the busiest roads in Columbiana County, near the Ohio River, and many Ohio lakes. It’s perfect for me,” said Moore.

Located at 16224 East Liverpool Road in Calcutta, Superior Marine is housed in a new 50 feet by 100 feet building that includes a large three-bay repair area, office, main sales counter, sales floor, storage, and large parking area.

Superior Marine, services and repairs stern drive and outboard marine motors. Its main focus is Mercury, Volvo Penta and Tohatsu motors. Moore is a certified mechanic by each of those manufacturers.

Moore said they also work on Johnson and Evinrude motors, and “most small outboards.” Engine repair, maintenance and custom work also are featured.

Since opening in September, Moore said he’s also been busy winterizing and shrink-wrapping boats of all sizes.

Superior Marine Services also offers custom installations, including depth finders, ski and wake board towers, trolling motors, and other aftermarket products. The business also refloors and installs carpeting.

With new inventory coming in daily, Moore said by spring the sales floor will be compete with a variety of safety gear, anchorage, docking lines, electrical and fuel parts, tubes and ski ropes, cleaning supplies and various parts and accessories.

During the winter months, Moore and his mechanic of six years, Rob Lucci, will handle the duties. He hopes to add another mechanic in the spring.

The shop hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Closed Sunday. The phone number is 330-708-5200. Find them on Facebook (Superior Marine Services) or visit the website (www.smsboats.com).


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