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.
After years of being one of Rockport Marine’s go to subcontractors, Stephen Florimbi joined our crew in 2015. Until then he was an independent contractor specializing in classic yacht restoration and high end timber-frame homes. He is also an accomplished fine artist and former boatbuilding instructor at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland. Stephen runs large crews efficiently through accurate timetables and careful planning of labor and material flow. Recently he led the 91’ hull and deck construction of Sonny lll and a new 20’ outboard power boat based on the Albury Brothers runabout.
Assistant General Manager
Having spent her formative years on the water canoeing the lakes of Minnesota, it was no surprise that she quickly fell in love with sailing and salt water when she moved to Maine to crew on a windjammer. Katie has made Maine her home and wooden boats her vocation. She joined Rockport Marine in 2013 as part of the finishing team. By 2017 her strong work ethic, organizational skills, and understanding of boats, made her an easy pick to help with managing the service yard. She takes pride in helping owners get the most of their short season. She can still be found during commissioning season, with a varnish brush in her hand putting on the perfect final coat.
Katie spends her free time sailing and hiking the coast and mountains of Maine with her husband and two labs.
Glenn Pease has worked at Rockport Marine for 25 years. His talent for this work is broad and deep. Glenn can personally plan and execute any of the work that goes on in a boatbuilding project. He also runs a good project, collaborating successfully with owners, suppliers and colleagues. Recently his projects have been to make large pieces of complex structural work look simple. Glenn is an active mountain biker, skier, gardener, and much more.
Jeff Morse has worked at Rockport Marine for 20 years. Other than digging clams for 2 years his entire career has been in building boats. He was a 1977 graduate of the Boatbuilding School in Lubec. At Rockport Marine Jeff has led many rebuild projects including the restoration of the Alden motorsailer Trade Wind. Besides being an excellent boat builder Jeff communicates exceptionally well with boat owners and representatives resulting in smooth projects with accurate timetables. Outside of work Jeff is an active member of his church and spends time with his family
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.
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 as 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.
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 at 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.”
Matt spent his childhood on the water at the family camp in Harpswell and learning to sail on the Belgrade Lakes where he grew up. A one week trip on the sloop Vela ignited his passion for wooden vessels and led him to spend his next several summers on schooners out of Camden and Castine. He attended Maine Maritime Academy, where he worked in the yard and graduated from the Vessel Operations and Technology program. After working on tugboats he came to work at Rockport Marine where he runs the yard crew with a smile and makes big operations look like no big deal.
George grew up in Baltimore, Md and started sailing at summer camp in New Hampshire and on the Chesapeake Bay. After graduating from Colorado College, he moved back east to midcoast Maine to teach sailing with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and Ocean Classroom Foundation. After a few years teaching sailing on traditional boats, he followed his love of wooden boats into working on classic yachts. George spent time on Sumurun, Marilee and many others and plans to continue sailing on S&S design Sonny for the New England classic regattas. In his spare time George likes to ski, cycle and spend time on the water and he’s looking forward to starting the restoration on his 1947 Hai class sloop Whitewings.