Helmut’s Marine Service Reviews

Helmut’s Marine is here to help you with engines, parts, and service for your boat so you can enjoy your experience on the water. We share your passion for boating, and are here to help you get the most out of your marine experience. We are Volvo Penta experts, serving a wide range of customers including yachters, sailboaters, families, hobbyists, and commercial fisherman. And we do amazing work. But don’t take our word for it—here’s what our loyal customers have to say!


Helmut’s got me the right Volvo Penta parts for the job

These guys and gals are great. They helped me identify my engine and outdrive without having the proper info available, and got me the right parts and advice. It’s so nice having people that care about their customers.

Levi Magneson

Our marine equipment is in top shape

Helmut's Marine has repowered, serviced, and repaired the Pilot Boat Pittsburg since 2001. Our boat is dependable and consistently runs well because Helmut's Marine technicians are up to speed on the latest manufacturer's recommendations, ensuring our equipment is in top shape. When we experience an unexpected downtime, we know we can rely on them to quickly get us up and running with their expedited service and extensive inventory of parts.

Max VanDervoort at San Francisco Bar Pilots, Pittsburg, CA

Best Volvo Penta engine repowering, maintenance and knowledge in San Francisco

Running a maritime business isn’t for the faint of heart! It’s truly complex in nature. As with all transportation businesses, the complexity lies in the machinery. Helmut’s Marine has completely removed my fears on mechanical issues. Helmut's Marine is a family business, so they treat you like a person, not a number. They’re your next choice for new power, maintenance, or just knowledge. Follow their suggested maintenance schedule and enjoy running your boating business!

Captain Joe Nazar at San Francisco Whale Tours, San Francisco, CA

Knowledgeable, friendly staff

Helmut’s Marine has a knowledgeable, friendly staff who are always a pleasure to do business with. We have been a customer for over 20 years, and wouldn't consider taking our boats anywhere else!

Andrew Habeger at North Tahoe Watersports, Kings Beach, CA

Impeccable customer service for Volvo Penta parts and service

I have been here three times and have called numerous other times just for information. I have always received exceptional service every time I've gone there—I always get the correct answer. Even on the phone, they demonstrate impeccable customer service, and are thorough in their research. They tell you if they have the part in stock or not, and how long it would take for them to get it. I just have never had a bad experience there. I also have to give them props for the fact that if there is bad news, they don't sugar coat anything and they just tell you straight up what's going on.

David Paul Thorpe

Helmut’s is great at troubleshooting boat engine problems

Honestly, I have to say that Helmut and Dan are exceptional people who go out of their way to help people out. Boating for the most part should be called repairing since that is where you end up spending most of your time. I have had several complex issues and, since COVID, my local guy is too busy to help. When I called Helmut, he spent quality time with me and helped me troubleshoot my problem. Who does that these days? Ordering parts with Dan was so enjoyable. He bird-dogged everything so quickly and found me parts even when they were not available. If you have a Volvo and need to work with experts that are nice. This is the best place to go. Thanks guys.

Marc Tappeiner

This is my go to place for my Volvo Penta boating needs

I had to order some parts for my older Volvo Penta outdrive. Their parts department is one of very few that know their business and equipment. Their employees are professional, knowledgeable, and very kind. This is my go to place for my boating needs. Big thank you to Dan especially. Extremely helpful and polite.

Kim Arnold

Their professionalism is evident the minute you walk through the door

Having recently switched from years of sailing to power (a Ranger tug powered by a Volvo D-300 diesel), this was my first experience dealing with Helmut’s Marine Service, and it was the single best example of proper marine service I’ve experienced in over 50 years of boating. Their professionalism is evident the minute you walk through the door, further evidenced by their attention to cleanliness and organization. Every staff member I met, from the front office staff to the professionally trained techs/mechanics, were customer focused, knowledgeable, and beyond helpful. Based on this experience, they’ve gained a long term customer.

Jim Cole

Worth every penny

If you’re looking for perfection, amazing technicians, and a family hell-bent on perfection, these guys are the best in the biz. They’re recognized by the factory as one of the best marine repair facilities for Volvo Penta products in the world! They offer guaranteed meticulous work, and it’s worth every penny.

George Lang

The entire team at Helmut’s Marine is fantastic

As a boat dealer and broker, I have referred Helmut’s services to dozens of my clients with Volvo gas and diesel engines. Every client has been so happy to have worked with them. They are by FAR the most knowledgeable Volvo experts in California, and it's not just their job, it's their life. The definition of a family business, they take every client's needs personally. Jumping to prioritize urgent jobs while keeping a punctual and communicative schedule is so important in a service team. While I haven't bought an engine from them or done a re-power, I am confident they provide the best value out there. Volvo makes a great product, and the team at Helmut's Marine are the best to take care of your Volvo. Keep up the great work!

Diego Gomez Hall

Volvo Penta Parts Dealer and Service Conveniently located on San Rafael Channel

See how Helmut’s Marine can help you enjoy your boating experience. If you want to learn more about Volvo Penta marine parts, engines, or our services, reach out to us.


001.415.453.1001 Ext. 103