Just a few weeks ago, John Tomlinson, the multi-time world champion offshore powerboat racing throttleman and co-owner of TNT Custom Marine in Miami, turned 50 years old. Of course, thanks to a steady diet of intense daily exercise—Tomlinson is an endurance athlete—and his movie-star features, he doesn’t look his age. Most people who meet him put him in his early 40s. Tomlinson is smart and engaging, often funny—we often laughed ourselves stupid during long, hot days testing boats for Powerboat magazine—married to a lovely woman, Donna, and widely well-respected in his field.
All that plus when he’s not working on some of the world’s hottest pleasure and race boats, he’s testing them or getting paid to throttle them. From all outside appearances, John Tomlinson appears to have “the life.”