RALPH R MARTIN III – aka – “TRES”
Tres Martin was born on November 20th 1963 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the oldest of a family of three children. His father Ralph Martin Jr. and Katherine Dianne Martin moved to Fort Lauderdale when Tres was only two years old. As a kid Tres always had a drive for competition. He was a bicycle dare devil and jumped into bicycle motocross where he built and race his own bike with much success with podium finishes. At age fourteen Tres started working for Everglades Marina a very well established business in Fort Lauderdale owned by his father Ralph Martin Jr. From moping floor; to cleaning boats; learning every aspect of the marine business, Tres became a certified marine technician to be promoted to Service Manager in a very short time. tres1Tres convinced Everglades Marina to start up a customizing and race shop to attract more performance boats enthusiast and it was a success.
Tres started the first successful race boat out of Everglades Marina named “RAZZ” a 41’Apache in which he won the 1988 World Championship. The following year Tres ran another successful race boat out of Everglades Marina named “LITTLE CEASARS PIZZA” a 47’ Apache Superboat with triple 1000 HP motors which went on to win the 1989 World Championship where Tres became the youngest Thottleman to win in Superboat Class. In 1993 Tres built “INXS” a 47’ Fountain with triple 1000 HP motors that WON 11 out of 13 Races on a National Circuit clinching the 1993 National Title in Superboat. Tres repeated the same performance in 1994 in a 45’ Fountain “INXS”. After 16 years of dedication Tres resigned from Everglades Marina and started his own company “Martin Offshore Inc.” The business was very successful as Tres is very dedicated to his customers in whom they rely on his knowledge and reputation. Each boat that came to Martin Offshore received Tres’s personal touch.
In 1999 I was approached by Cigarette factory about participating in a few races which were done successfully. In 2000 Tres was approached by one of his customer “Todd Klindworth” to build a 38’ Cigarette name “TEAM VIRGIN” and the following year a 36’ Gladiator and a 40’ MTI Catamaran which both boats were raced back to back on the same day which labeled Todd and Tres the IRON MEN OF OFFSHORE. In 2001 they won the National and World Title which led to both of them being inducted into the APBA Hall Of Fame Champions. Since 1986 totaling more than 66 checkered flags, Tres has won 4 National and 4 World Championship Titles from Factory Class to Superboat. Throughout his career, Tres has always been in the top 3 in National level in points. Also has been 3 times Throttleman of the Year. Tres brings this thoroughbred form to your everyday performance boat or performance boat school.
Some of Tres’s hobbies are, horse riding and showing, classic muscle cars and snow skiing. Most important in his life are his children, family and friends. Tres Martin Performance and Tres Martin’s Performance Boat School, were established in 2004 when Tres felt compelled to bring his knowledge to those who needed it and that is how Tres decided that a training school for power boaters was overdue.
Tres is a consultant for the marine industries and insurance companies and has design several new hull designs for boat manufactures. Over the years Tres has become very involved with powerboat safety and continues to do research and development on hull design and handling to provide safer on water hull use. Today Tres resides in scenic Ocala Florida where he enjoy’s country living on his ranch with all of his horses and animals.
-Tres Martin, Founder
Tres Martin’s Performance