ABOUT (Tomco Marine Group and American Tugs)

The formation of Tomco Marine Group was founder and director Tom Nelson’s brainchild and started in meetings with Lynn Senour, a well-known West Coast Marine architect. Tom and Lynn have known each other for many years going back to building wooden boats on Lake Union in Seattle. As a young apprentice, Tom was given positions of increasing responsibilities as he proved himself on the shop floor and he eventually found himself president of a boat yard. A few years later, he founded his own company, Nelson Yacht Corporation, building 70–90 foot custom yachts and then moved to a position as president of Nordic Tugs before making the decision to develop Tomco Marine Group.

Image of Tomco Marine Group crew in front of 41 American Tug
Image of Tomco Marine Group crew in front of 41 American Tug

Mike Schoppert, president of Tomco Marine Group, Inc., grew up in Alaska, then moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend Western Washington University. Mike’s expertise in fiberglass technology began at Uniflite Corporation where he learned lofting and tooling skills. He later worked at Chris-Craft and Tolly Craft then ending up at Oceanus, where he developed a tooling process and facility to produce the fiberglass components for Zodiac. Mike spent four years supervising the lamination department and later served as general manager of Nordic Tugs prior to joining Tomco Marine Group.

Kurt Dilworth, vice-president of Tomco Marine Group Inc., started with Chambers Craft in the late 80’s and the restart of that company as Premier Boats in the early 90’s. After several years of engineering at the local community college and the University of Washington and an apprenticeship on a two-year conversion of a steel tug to a private yacht, he took a position with Nordic Tugs as a mechanic installing engines, electrical systems and plumbing. He was advanced to lead positions and, as the company grew, maintained the position of Head Engineer as well as developing a warranty/customer service position. 

Tom, Mike, and Kurt have a mutual respect for each other and complimentary leadership skills. With the formation of Tomco Marine Group, their knowledge and integrity culminates in the production of pleasure tugs you are sure to appreciate for their seaworthy design and fine craftsmanship.