Meet the Team
Taylor first began building boats as a teenager at Rockport Marine when the yard still belonged to his father, Luke Allen. After attending Amherst College in Massachussetts, Taylor returned to Maine and eventually was named the president of Rockport Marine in 1980. Taylor has four children and is married to writer and editor Martha White, daughter of boatbuilder Joel White.
Rockport Marine is Sam’s family business. He began working at the yard at age 11, eventually working as a boat builder then leading restoration and new construction projects. He now owns the yard with his step-father Taylor Allen. He has also worked in Brooklin where his maternal grandfather was boat builder and naval architect Joel White. Sam runs daily operations at Rockport Marine and has a hand in many projects. Outside of work Sam and family sail their Bridges Point 24, Ellisha, and get around the bay on the lobster boat Spare Time.
Lead Yacht Builder
Rockport Marine’s lead yacht builder, John England, has been building boats for most of his life. He originally hails from the western shore of Maryland, and he attended North Carolina State University where he received a B.Sc. in Wood Technology. Recently he was the project manager for the restoration of BOLERO, a famous S&S yacht; he also led the construction ofGODSPEED, LOUISE, CADENZA, the W-class yachts, andDREAM, among others. When he is not building boats, John enjoys racing them; he has participated in many classic boat regattas around the world.
Charlie’s love for sailing began as a child when he spent summers exploring the waters off Cape Cod with his family. Since graduating from The Landing School in 1989, Charlie has had a wide variety of experiences on traditional and commercial vessels, and has worked captain of several schooners. He currently holds a 100 Ton USCG Masters License. In his free time, Charlie continues to explore the waters off Cape Cod and Penobscot Bay, and is teaching his two children how to build a Good Little Skiff.
Sam Chamberlin grew up exploring the islands of Penobscot Bay from his family home on Isle au Haut. These early experiences led to a variety of jobs in Maine’s traditional schooner fleet, on yachts, and commercial fishing. He studied Physics at Bates College and Yacht Design at the Landing School. Prior to joining the design staff at Rockport Marine, he worked as a boatbuilder and designer for Brooklin, Maine-based builder Brion Rieff.
Sam is also restoring VAIGER, a double-ended gaff cutter built in 1951 in Scalloway, Shetland.
Aaron Johnson first started working at Rockport Marine in 2002. Aaron’s ability to work well with all people and personalities quickly became evident and he was moved to a management role. Since then he has successfully managed the entire paint crew and completed boats such as ADVENTURESS, TRADE WIND, DJAKARTA, SHANTI, PASSAGE and OFF CALL. In fact, Aaron has had a hand in completing the paint in every boat that exits Rockport Marine. Aaron has a vast knowledge of paint and varnish and has always been available to answer technical questions. When asked about his major strength when it comes to finishing a project his only comment was “The boats speak for themselves.”