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About CMS

**Welcome to Custom Marine Sales: Where Excellence and Family Values Meet**

At Custom Marine Sales, we are more than just a business – we are a family. Founded and led by Peter & Kay Pavkovich, our mission is rooted in treating our customers, team members, and contractors with the same courtesy and respect that we would extend to our own kin.

Since its inception in 1993, Custom Marine Sales has thrived under Peter’s guidance. Our journey began with a focus on High Performance Race-Boat Sales, and as we’ve journeyed alongside our clients, we’ve evolved to specialize in Yacht & Yacht Tender Sales and Customization. Over time, we’ve also expanded into a full-service operation, ensuring that our clients’ needs are met comprehensively.

Today, our offerings encompass a wide spectrum of marine solutions. From Tenders and Center Consoles to High Performance Boats, Cruisers, and Mega Yachts, we provide both sales and top-tier service. Additionally, our commitment extends to providing secure indoor and outdoor storage solutions.

Situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – renowned as the Boating Capital of the World and a hub of the US yachting industry – our strategically located facility is conveniently accessible from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades. This proximity enables us to seamlessly serve our clients locally and internationally. For more than two decades, our unique capability to offer round-the-clock service and support to our clients globally has been the cornerstone of our success.

Our values form the backbone of our business. We take immense pride in upholding integrity, demonstrating meticulous craftsmanship, and maintaining a level of professionalism that sets us apart. When you choose Custom Marine Sales, you’re not just selecting a service provider – you’re choosing a partner who values your aspirations and shares your passion for the maritime world.

Thank you for considering Custom Marine Sales as your marine solution provider. We look forward to welcoming you into our family and providing you with unparalleled service. Should you have any inquiries or wish to embark on this journey with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We pride ourselves on our integrity, craftsmanship & professionalism.

Meet Our Team

Peter Pavkovich

Peter Pavkovich


954 931 9111

Growing up in Toledo, Ohio Peter was a keen Motor-cross Rider and bought and sold bikes from a very young age, which lead into buying and selling cars. Peter spent his childhood years around his fathers’ Porsche Service Center and a huge part of his success has been due to his mechanical knowledge of engines, transmissions, electrical, and gearing. At the age of 17 Peter bought his first ever boat, a 20’ Hawaiian Jet Boat (instead of car he had planned to buy that same day!) and has been hooked on boating ever since. Custom Marine Sales opened its doors and did internal sales for some of the most influential people in the High-Performance Boating business including Doller Offshore, Bobby Moore’s and TNT Custom Marine. Over the years Peter expanded his horizons to all makes, models and brands of boats when he started to customize boats for customers including diesel applications with surface drives that had never been tried before. Peter has built more custom and unique applications for clients than any Broker in South Florida history. Peter prides himself on his relationships and servicing of the most discerning of clients and has been a build manager and consultant for too many new boats to name. Clients that want to build highly customized boats to meet their particular application call on Peter and his crew.

Kay Pavkovich

Kay Pavkovich


954 261 7438

From New Zealand, Kay ventured off on her “OE” (Kiwi for “overseas experience”) as a young adult which resulted in a 20+ year career in Yachting. Kay brings an in-depth understanding of the yachting industry and the managerial & organizational skills from her experience as Chief Stewardess & Purser to Custom Marine Sales to manage the administrative side of the business.

Peter Harding

Peter Harding


As a Bahamian Peter has been around boats and the ocean his entire life. His maritime adventures started as a child diving for lobster and fishing with family & friends and then professionally as a young adult! Peter has extensive marine experience, from fishing professionally to working with performance racing teams. Peter’s talents include but are not limited to mechanical repair & service, rigging and fiberglass. Peter brings his 30+ years of marine experience to Custom Marine Sales and as our Fabricator he is able to do just about anything!

Chip Dessum

Chip Dessum


A classically trained Master Carpenter, Chip trained with his brothers in their father’s business from the day they could carry their father’s hammer! From Toledo, Ohio Chip moved to South Florida from Minneapolis and does not miss the northern winters and is loving life in the sun! Chip’s extensive building experience, managing his own business and team along with his passion for pleasure boating & RV’ing brings a diverse range of experience to Custom Marine Sales. Come and check out our beautiful offices and warehouse to see his work, as it was Chip who managed and built out the refit with the help of our very own talented team at CMS!

Tony Friedrich

Tony Friedrich


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Growing up, Tony spent his summers at the Lake of the Ozarks – which arguably is home to the largest concentration of performance boats in the nation. Needless to say, his need for speed and passion for boating started as a child. Tony moved to Fort Lauderdale to get more involved with the industry and selling boats. As an experienced boater and deal maker he represents both buyers and sellers, so let him know how he can help you!

Buddy & Luna

Buddy & Luna


Buddy is “The Boss” and can most often be found lying on Peter’s desk while he works. Buddy loves to ride forklifts and boats, but his most favorite thing of all is when all of his people “crew” are in one place so that he knows where we all are! Luna is “The Princess” that lives for her treats and lavishes all of her love and attention on everyone in the hopes of gaining her heart’s desire… the magical treat! Luna loves to lay in the sun and go on long walks at the beach, but her passion without a doubt is treats! We are a dog friendly facility and some days there might be 4 or 5 dogs about to brighten your day! Come on by to say hi to the pups!

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