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Boatswain's Locker is a supplier of marine propulsion engines transmissions and drives generators and parts and accessories to commercial and recreational marine customers. Beyond being just a supplier the Company places a strong emphasis on technical support and service having its own team of factory trained technicians who provide service and warranty to users Dealers  OEMS  Commercial Operators  and the Government. The company also offers training to a variety of customers from recreational boaters to those in the marine industry and even to the US Navy and Coast Guard. Boatswain’s Locker is the exclusive servicing Distributor in the southwest U.S. and Hawaii for Yanmar marine diesel engines Kohler diesel generators and Hamilton Water Jet propulsion systems. We also distribute and service Cox Diesel Outboards and Steyr-Motors commercial marine diesel engines throughout Western North America from Alaska to the Mexican border including Western Canada. We believe our success results from offering the finest synergistic mix of marine engine products available providing superior technical support and having the best team of marine professionals in the business all with the goal of taking care of the most important thing — the customer.

Boatswain's Locker will be the premier marine engine distribution and service business in the Western United States.


Our mission is to provide the finest recreational and commercial marine engines and related products available at competitive prices and with exceptional levels of service and technical support while always operating in alignment with our Core Values.


Boatswain’s Locker® provides sales, service, support and warranty for:



• Yanmar Marine Diesel Engines
• Kohler Marine Generators
• Hamilton Jet Systems
• MerCruiser Inboards and Sterndrives
• Mercury Outboards
• ZF-Hurth Transmissions
• Velvet Drive Transmissions (Borg Warner)




• Yanmar Marine Diesel Engines
• Kohler Commercial Marine Generators
• Hamilton Jet Systems
• Cox Diesel Outboards
• Steyr-Motors Commercial Engines
• ZF-Hurth Transmissions
• Velvet Drive Transmissions (Borg Warner)


We stock leading brand parts and accessories for:

• Borg Warner  
• Buck Algonquin  
• Centek  
• Drivesaver  
• Faria  
• Groco  
• Hurth  
• Jabsco  
• Johnson
• Kobelt

• Parker-Racor  
• Sherwood  
• Shields  
• Stewart Warner  
• Teleflex  
• Universal  
• VDO  
• Velvet Drive  
• Vetus

We always support everything we sell.


Our History

Boatswain's Locker began as a boatyard in 1939. In the early 1960’s in addition to being a service facility Boatswain’s Locker began selling and installing marine engines and soon became the repowering specialists for the Newport Harbor boating community.

In 1986 the business was sold to Dan Gribble. Dan grew up in the boatyard working on weekends and during summer vacations learning everything about the business from the ground up. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Naval Architecture he returned to the business and eventually purchased it. He staffed the company with energetic personnel who share his views of providing quality customer service. Over the years Boatswain’s Locker has grown to become one of the most respected marine engine and engine accessory Distributors in the Western United States.


Commitment to the Boating Community

Boatswain’s is very active in the boating community – besides sponsoring various sport fishing tournaments - the company was a major sponsor of “Kids for Fishing” a program that provides children with the opportunity to go boating and learn to fish. For many years the company has been a major sponsor for the “Governor’s Cup” a junior match racing sailboat championship that enables young men and women from around the world to compete in a world-class sailing competition. The company has also been a supporter and sponsor for other world-class sailing events such as the America’s Cup and the Transpacific Yacht Race. In addition Boatswain’s Locker supports the “Catalina Conservancy” by working together with the community to keep Catalina Island clean and pristine.


Boatswain’s Company Core Values

The following are the Core Values of Boatswain's Locker. All decisions and actions by employees are guided by these principles.

  • Integrity: Always doing the right thing.
  • Trust: Doing what you say you are going to do.
  • Honesty: Telling the truth, even when it is difficult.
  • Teamwork: Working together toward a common goal.
  • Accountability: Taking 100% responsibility for all behaviors and decisions.
  • Quality: Meeting or exceeding internal and external customer’s expectations and requirements.

Company Guiding Philosophy

  • Bulid Trust – We understand that the fundamental condition that must exist between people for their interactions to be mutually productive and satisfying is that they must trust one another. Everything hinges on that. Building trust between all people within our organization and with all those outside our organization requires open communication and absolute adherence to our Core Values.
  • Set High Standards of Performance – We understand that to be the leader in our industry requires us to define what greatness is and then measure our performance against that standard continually.
  • Seek Continuous Improvement – We understand that in order to achieve excellence we must always look for ways to improve everything we do. Every day in every way.
  • Focus on the Customer – We understand that satisfied and loyal customers are our life blood. Our very purpose is to provide them what they need when they need it.
  • Be a Destination Employer – Our most valuable assets are our employees. We treat each individual with respect and offer opportunities for personal development and professional advancement. We recruit the best people and want them to never wish to leave.
  • Run It Like a Business – We pay constant attention to business fundamentals to ensure profitability for our financial strength security and longevity.