Meet the Team
Taylor AllenTaylor 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.
Lead Yacht BuilderRockport 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.
Yard ManagerCharlie’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.
DesignerSam 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.
Rockport Marine is the family business for Sam Temple. After working part time from age 11 through college he worked at other Maine boatyards and built some small boats under his own shingle. He happily returned to Rockport Marine in 2008 and has enjoyed leading rebuild and new construction projects. He is occasionally drawn into aspects of the business that don’t require sharp tools. Sam lives in an apartment above the boatyard with his wife and daughter. Outside of work Sam and family spend time on a growing fleet of small boats including the Beals Island lobster boat Roxanne.
Service ManagerNate Pickering joined Rockport Marine in the fall of 2004 as part of the yard crew, and is one of the first faces you see when you arrive. He brings with him years of heavy equipment experience which he is able to combine with his loves for boats and the Maine coast. Growing up in Cape Porpoise Maine, Nate spent long hours with small sail and power boats exploring islands in the area. After traveling the US, he settled in the Mid-coast area where he is raising two daughters with his wife Debra. His summers are spent on the inland lakes and waterways of Maine while during the winter months he can be found skiing or snowboarding, ice fishing or racing handmade toboggans.
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.”