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Legendary Marine Launches New High Performance Service Division, Taps Two Top Experts

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Legendary Marine announces the launch of an all-new division -- LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE -- focused solely on high performance service and repair, plus has strategically tapped two well known and highly respected experts and industry race veterans to lead the dealership’s new charge.

“We are very excited to launch LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE and are extremely pleased to simultaneously announce the addition of Scott Childs and Jeff Hopper to our award-winning service team, ” said Legendary Marine Managing Partner Fred Pace. “While Legendary had a long history in high performance sales in the past, our focus for the future in this niche is in the service area of high performance refresh, repair and repower. We are uniquely positioned to now offer truly world-class high performance service, and our service staff, accessible location, superior protected facilities, haul out and indoor dry storage capabilities for boats up to 51’, coupled with our commitment to this effort, is truly second to none.”

Joining the Legendary Marine service team are Scott Childs and Jeff Hopper who collectively bring 55 years combined experience in high performance service and racing. Both are former employees of Mercury Racing who have hands-on experience working at the famous Lake X and X-Site in Panama City, FL.

Childs is a 28-year outboard and stern drive veteran who is fully certified and capable of rebuilding all standard and race outboards, along with sterndrives. He is a Mercruiser Master Technician and Mercury Outboard Master Technician who carries the Mercury Racing T.E.A.M. certification. He has also worked in race schedule support, including work with Poker Runs of America. Childs has an impressive 15-years of extensive engine and boat setup experience including center of gravity, x-dimension, prop selection on 16-50 foot offshore Cats Vee Bottoms, plus research, development and testing on all Verados from 90 H.P. to 350 H.P.. He has also provided support for the Offshore Super Series for the 525 H.P. class through 1200 H.P. class.

Prior to joining Legendary, Hopper spent 25 years with Mercury Racing starting his career in 1985 at Lake X. He is globally recognized in high performance circles for his expertise in 6 drive rebuilds, with the proven ability to build virtually any outboard gear case and all stern drive applications from the Bravo1 thru M8. His involvement in race team support is equally extensive, including travel to all sanctioned races from within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

“Scott and Jeff represent the top echelon in the business,” added Legendary Marine Director of Marina Operations Tripper Crisp. “We are thrilled to welcome them aboard and look forward to their significant contributions in this new endeavor. We are very serious about this end of the business and now offer plenty of horsepower to address this specialized market.”

LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE offers the full spectrum of high performance services including re-powers; engine rebuilds; drive rebuilds; transom rebuilds; NXT rebuilds; 6 drive rebuilds; full raceboat setup to include testing; standard maintenance from 525’s through valve lash checks on 850’s-1200’s; center of gravity measurement and adjusting; X- dimension measurement and adjustment. Legendary also features a full fiberglass repair facility and a full canvas shop for upholstery and covers. For more information about high performance services, contact Trevor Hardy at [email protected] or call 850-337-8310).

Legendary Marine is affiliated with Legendary. Inc., with four dealership locations in Destin, Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, as well as Gulf Shores, AL. Legendary Marine is a Boating Industry Top 100 Dealer for six consecutive years and is proud to represent Marquis, Four Winns, Sea Hunt, Hydra-Sports, Cobalt, Chris Craft, Hurricane, Riviera, Carver, Everglades and Ranger boats, along with power partners Volvo, MerCruiser and Yamaha. Legendary Marine was named Boat and Motor Magazine “Dealer of the Year;” is a Boating Industry “5 Star Certified Dealership;” and was named Emerald Coast Magazine’s “Best of the Emerald Coast for Sales and Service” for eight years. For more information, visit
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