American Marine Since 1972

Only a short cast from the crossroads of the Sunken Meadow Parkway and I-495 in Western Suffolk County, American Marine has been a special resource to Long Island’s trailer boaters for over 40 years. Family owned and operated since 1972, we strive to ensure that our family’s values and standards are upheld with every boat and motor we sell or repair. Our crew takes enormous pride in the work we do and the products we sell, and we look forward to many more years of serving the boating families and fishermen of Long Island’s great North and South Shores. We firmly believe in our Company motto; Quality Service = Safer Boating.

What We Do

American Marine is a certified Yamaha, Evinrude, Suzuki, Volvo-Penta, Powerwinch and Load-Rite Trailer dealer and repair facility. With 40+ years of experience servicing outboards and inboard/outboards, we can handle just about anything that fits on a trailer. From regular maintenance to extensive repairs and everything in between, you can bet that we have seen it before and can get you back out on the water quickly, reliably and fairly. For a complete list of services that we offer please check out our “Dealer Services” page by clicking here.

As the Northeast's largest Key West Boats dealer, American Marine has been providing Long Island families and fishermen with the safest and most affordable high quality boat on the market today. Since taking on the line in the 1990’s, we have enjoyed the reputation of being the region’s go-to sales and service center for all your Key West Boats’ needs. Built with the family in mind and the fisherman at heart, Key West has a full line-up of outboard powered boats from 15 feet to 35 feet available in the center and dual console configurations. To view the full line-up of boats that Key West offers click here. To check out our current inventory click here.

And don’t forget about our retail store! American Marine has a huge inventory of Yamaha, Johnson/Evinrude, Mercury, MerCruiser, Volvo-Penta, Suzuki, Powerwinch and Load-Rite parts for the do-it-your-selfer. Check out our extensive stock of engine oil, marine paint, safety equipment, water sports gear, electrical components, trailer parts and cleaning products. Need help deciding? Our knowledgeable crew is happy to help you find exactly what you need!

Our History

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Established in 1972 by Richard (Dick) Wachter, and engineer and entrepreneur, American Marine began with small outboard repairs in the family’s East Northport garage. Dick wanted to grow a business in an industry that both he and his oldest son Chris, who was 14 at the time, had a passion. Father and son enjoyed boating themselves and turning wrenches in the garage to make ends meet. Chris joined his father full time straight out of high school. As business grew the building on Jericho Turnpike was purchased in 1978, where American Marine still resides. Dick and Chris continued to repair and maintain local boats and outboards with a small crew of mechanics, growing the business as Chris gradually took the helm and Dick retired in 1987.

Chris Wachter, a 6-pack Captain’s License holder like his father, has been a Long Island boater his whole life. With roots on both the north and south shores, he and his family have taken of advantage of all Long Island’s precious Sound and Great South Bay have to offer. He constantly shares his local knowledge, passion and many years of valuable boating experience with his customers and crew. Naturally, the family’s love of the sea did not evade Chris’s children Keith and Janine, the third generation of Wachter’s to carry on the business and serve American Marine’s valued customers.

President of American Marine today, Keith knew from an early age that he would one day take the reins and bring the family business to an exciting new level. He began learning engine and boat mechanics as soon as he was able to hold a wrench. Keith’s reputation as a kind, honest and fair guy is the backbone of American Marine’s current success and what keeps customers coming back season after season. He is committed to ensuring our family’s values and standards are upheld with every boat, motor or trailer we sell or repair. Keith and his family, which includes 3 little sons, get out to enjoy the water as often as possible alongside the local customers and community that we continue to serve and keep safe.

Keith’s sister Janine also joined the crew at American Marine in 2016 as Store Manager. A 2006 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and First Assistant Engineer of unlimited horsepower vessels, Janine has experience in the maritime industry that brings a new perspective to the family business. She is looking forward to helping Long Islanders find the service and parts they need to keep their boats in the water and smiles on their family’s faces.

It is the pleasure of the Wachter family to provide Long Islander’s with a friendly, fair and quality place for all your boating needs. The crew at American Marine is committed to keeping you and your family out on the water and safe through the boating season and for years to come!

American Marine in the News

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