About Arnold's Marine Service


Your Lake Raystown Resource for Boat Service, Accessories, Parts, and Storage!

Arnold's Marine was founded in July of 1975 by Tom and Peggy Arnold. Originally, it traded under the name of Raystown Marine in Everett, PA. Tom had previously worked at Long Level Marine in York, PA and loved boating. When Tom and Peggy got married in 1975 they moved to the Raystown area and went into business for themselves.

They move to the present location in April 1977 and changed the name to Arnold's Marine Sales. They started with one small building located on the property formerly known as the Tussey Mountain Saddle Club. Over the next few years they added a number of rooms on to the existing building. They lived above the business and Tom was always available to help people with boat problems.

Whether it was 6:00am or 10:00pm; if you had a problem Tom would help you. He built a really good reputation over the years for his honesty, workmanship, and his sense of humor.

In the beginning, Tom specialized in Chrysler Boats and Motors. He loved the Chrysler Motor and known as the expert on Chrysler motors. It was said all he had to do was listen to the motor and know what was wrong with it. 99% of the time he was right. He stayed with Chrysler as they changed their name numerous times over the last 30 years from Chrysler Marine to US Marine to Force by Mercury. In the 80's he also became a MerCruiser dealer and sold Crest Pontoon boats.

Arnold's sold boats for a few years, but Tom didn't like sitting around just talking when he could be working on motors. So in the mid 80's he transitioned to primarily doing service work, which he loved. Tom did everything from working on motors to fiberglass repair, welding, replacing floors and decks on boats, etc. Arnold's also provided open and covered storage for boats and RV's.

Tom and Peggy loved their customers. Tom was a people person at heart, and many customers stopped in when they were in the area just to say hello and shoot the breeze. Over the years, Tom and Peggy became close friends with many of their customers. Their customers were loyal and most of them have been coming back for 20 to 25 years. Tom was known for his sense of humor, and loved to kid his customers. Often, when a regular customer would ask Tom about a particularly vexing problem with a boat, Tom would reply with a straight face, "You oughta just sink the S.O.B.!"

Tom ran the business until his death in November, 2002. Peggy and their son Tom ran the business for the next four years. Peggy retired from SKF USA Inc. in 2004 with 38 years of service. Running a business that provides such a high level of service is no small undertaking, and with Tom, Jr. serving as a Lieutenant in the Fairfax County Fire Company in Virginia, his time at the business was limited. In 2006, Peggy made the decision to sell the business and to enjoy her retirement while still young enough to do so.

In November of 2006, Mike and Dawn Stoeffler purchased Arnold's Marine Service. Mike, with over 30 years experience in fixing things that drive, float, or fly, was looking for an opportunity to move to the Raystown area full time, and Arnold's Marine offered just such an opportunity. Mike and Dawn had been spending almost every free moment camping and boating at Raystown Lake over the past few decades, and are well known for helping other boaters and campers. For both Peggy and the Stoefflers, it was a natural choice.

Since taking over, Mike and Dawn, assisted by their sons Mike and Thomas, have started to update Arnold's Marine Service to allow them to provide service to residents and visitors for another 30 years. While Mike has begun to modernize some of the business with computers and an Internet presence, the commitment to service and personal touch that made Arnold's Marine Service so popular over the past three decades has not changed.

Mike and Dawn invite all Arnold's Marine customers to stop by and visit. You can find a broad selection of parts and supplies for your boat or RV, obtain fair and honest service for your boat or trailer, look over our covered and open storage spaces, or just "shoot the breeze".

Our special thanks to Peggy Arnold for her help in telling the Arnold's Marine Story!

You can call, stop by, or email us at arnolds_marine@comcast.net