PSJ’s McArdle earns Yamaha certification

Donny McArdle

Port St. Joe resident Donny McArdle received his master service technician certification from Yamaha, making him the only master tech in Gulf and Bay counties.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Port St. Joe resident Donny McArdle is one of kind.

In September, McArdle received his master service technician certification from Yamaha, and because he’s the only boat tech in Bay and Gulf Counties to have earned it, his “one of a kind” status has been truly solidified.

McArdle is an employee of the Mexico Beach Marina, an authorized Yamaha dealer, and having a master tech on staff gives the shop added credibility and their customers, peace of mind.

“There’s some status in the fact that we’re able to offer that level of talent,” said Nate Odum, co-owner of the Mexico Beach Marina. “Donny can fix anything that breaks.”

McArdle elected to take the certification program, held in Kennesaw, GA., at Yamaha’s Southeastern headquarters. The program covered the setup and troubleshooting of Yamaha outboard motors and had something of a reputation for being extremely difficult. Even someone as talented as McArdle didn’t expect for it to be a cakewalk.

“The success rate on the first attempt is not high,” said McArdle. “You can know your stuff and still stress yourself out about it.”

The fact that McArdle took the final exam on Friday the 13th didn’t add to his confidence.

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