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Oscar Garland

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Oscar was born in New Haven CT. His father was a P38 fighter pilot and after active service he remained in the reserves. Oscar’s family moved around a bit when he was a child landing in Reddington Beach Florida for his teenage years.  Oscar was a  Florida State Barefoot Water Skiing Champion.  Always ambitious, through his junior high and high school years, Oscar worked on the beach renting chairs and umbrellas to the tourists.

After high school Oscar was drafted into the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country and earning the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.  Those who know Oscar well understand that service to his country is a part of his life of which  Oscar is most proud.  After two years in Vietnam Oscar returned to civilian life,  continuing his education at St Petersburg College in Florida.

After college Oscar headed west to Houston TX, working as a rigger on Ocean Builder One , an enormous  pipe-lay crane vessel used to setup offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Eventually Oscar found himself heading ashore, earning his real estate broker’s license and working as a loan officer until the downturn of the economy within the Houston area.

Texas’ loss is TMI’s gain as Oscar found his way to Savannah where he had (and still has) many friends and connections in the marine industry, working at 3124 River drive since 1993.   He enjoys  working in materials handling and taking on any of the challenges presented in meeting our client’s needs.   Oscar loves the friendly small town atmosphere of Savannah.  He loves meeting people and in his free time he takes advantage of all that Savannah offers.


The Crown Jewel of TMI – The Spray Booth and More..

The new Yacht Service area was completed in May 2011 including our State of The Art Custom Spray Booth.DSC_0214-300x199 It’s the perfect environment for painting your yacht!
The Spray Booth is heated, has positive pressure, cross ventilation over-spray removal. There are 438 Light fixtures with 1700 light bulbs. Other building features include a top notch life safety system and fire suppressant system with foam cannons.


Savannah GA – Thunderbolt Marine is proud to announce the opening of The Crew Lounge

TMI is proud to make The Crew Lounge available to all active crewmembers of yachts at Thunderbolt Marine for service. As a working service yard, we understand that it’s important to have a place to get off the boat for a while and we are happy to provide a space that is clean, comfortable and welcoming. We’ve converted a residence just across from our main gate to what we feel is and inviting, fun and comfortable spot for crew with a gym, lots of games including foosball and a pool table, lounge area, office, laundry and prep galley and lots of space. The large yard and deck out back has a large gas grill and side burner, tables and a lounge area.


Sustainativity Mattress Dash

By Ashley Liotus | Published: September 28, 2014, 6:47 pm

SAVANNAH, GA (WJCL) – Ladies and gentlemen, start your beds! Sustainativity’s first annual Mattress Dash took place in Forsyth Park today. Teams paid $150 to compete against other teams. Each team must create a structure that holds a mattress that also has 4 wheels. 4 team members push the bed with one rider 150m.

Teams were encouraged to use green materials for their creations. Team “Bed of Roses” used old newspaper as roses on their structure.

All proceeds benefitted Sustainativity. It is a Savannah based non-profit organization dedicated to investing in sustainability projects for other non-profit organizations. Founder Tommy Linstroth says, “The first Mattress Dash is a fundraiser we’re doing to raise funds for our non-profit partner, Historic Savannah Foundation. We’re going to go in and do a green retrofit of their office to demonstrate green technologies that can be used in historic buildings as well as for renovations.”

There were 11 teams at the event, but only four winners. The overall winner was Thunderbolt Marina, Judge’s Choice went to Gulfstream, People’s Choice went to Bed of Roses and the Historic Savannah Foundation had the Greenest structure.

Sustainativity raised about $5,000 during the event.

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