Buck Supply Company was established in 1952 and is the development company of the Buck Diesel Engine.
Originally doing business as Carolina Power and Performance, Buck Marine Diesel has evolved into a company that is
totally focused on the development and manufacture of marine diesel engines.
Buck Marine Diesel has designed a new and exciting engine that the boating public is sure to embrace.
Buck Marine Diesel is a new venture, but its boating heritage is long.
The founder of the company is Kenneth Michael Buck.
Mike, as everyone calls him, grew up on the water in the Belhaven, North Carolina area.
At fourteen years of age, he refurbished an old Echo Craft wood boat with a Scott-Atwater outboard motor.
Growing up on the Pungo River, he spent many memorable hours fishing and skiing.
Working on boats and engines developed into a passion.
Owning his own construction and utility company, Mike gained a vast knowledge of diesel engines.
Their reliability and simplified systems were far superior to the gas engines.
He eventually purchased a sport fishing boat and re-powered it with two new diesel engines.
The experience was terrible. At only one hundred and fifty hours, the port engine failed,
forcing him to limp home on the one remaining engine. Being the hands-on person that he is,
Mike removed both of the engines and disassembled the damaged engine. After determining the cause of the damage,
he quickly realized that the basic engine was never designed for the marine environment.
Having worked on engines for many years, Mike felt that tremendous improvements were possible.
By surrounding himself with highly qualified engineers in every area of diesel development,
Mike worked diligently to develop an exceptional marine engine. Using the engine that had not failed,
he made numerous changes and began testing the new designs. Within a few months he was producing 340 horsepower
from a four cylinder engine at 2800 rpm that was originally designed by the manufacturer to produce less than 100 horsepower.
Running the engine for hours on the dynamometer, he developed essential design changes that were proving to be superior
to existing designs.
After a couple of years developing these improvements, Mike decided to start from scratch and build a new and improved engine.
He wanted to create an engine that would not only implement his new designs for greater power output and efficiency,
but also one that would be radically easier to repair. Imagine a diesel engine that can be rebuilt inside of the boat
in just a matter of hours and is lighter, more powerful, and more reliable than anything currently on the market.
An engine that will offer years of enjoyment for the owner - without breaking the bank.
We look forward to bringing a new and revolutionary approach to engine construction to the market.
The prototype is running well and the basic designs have been validated.