PSJ’s McArdle earns Yamaha certification

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

For McArdle, diagnosing an engine problem is a process of elimination, but he enjoys the problem-solving process. Before he was fixing boats, he spent quality time in his youth rebuilding car engines.

“I like to understand what I’m doing, and I enjoy it,” said McArdle.

Born and raised in Port St. Joe, McArdle has worked at the Marina for 28 years, getting his start as a fill-in forklift driver. In 1984 he was recommended to the previous owners, the Marquardts, by his then-girlfriend (now wife) Teresa, who worked in the shop.

After driving the forklift, he stayed on, helping to build structures on the property and began assisting the shop mechanics with the boat engines. From there, he began taking classes to get familiar with the motors that were regularly being serviced. To-date, McArdle has completed hundreds of hours of training on both Johnson and Yamaha motors.

As if being the go-to guy for technical problems wasn’t enough to keep him busy, McArdle has been a volunteer fire fighter for Port St. Joe for the last six years. Prior to that, he volunteered with the Overstreet fire department for nine years. He also is a part time EMT and plays bass guitar for the First Baptist Praise Team in Port St. Joe.

Though he and his wife moved to Orange Park, near Jacksonville for two years when Teresa’s job was transferred, they were excited to return to Port St. Joe and McArdle was ready to return to the Marina.

He watched his sons, Jarrod and Chaney, graduate from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School and his youngest son Chaney was recently hired as the emergency services coordinator for the City of Mexico Beach.

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