Rockport Marine Inc. was founded in 1962 by Luke Allen. Tucked at the head of the harbor on the west side of Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine, the shop opened its doors as a storage and repair facility for wooden boats. Upstairs from the shop was the Sail Loft Restaurant, run by Luke’s wife Norma. From the restaurant, patrons could watch the comings and goings in the boatyard and the antics of the famous seal, Andre. Since that time, Rockport Marine has grown in scope to become one of the industry’s premier wooden boat yards. Specializing in new construction, restoration, and design work, RMI has built a wide variety of boats, from traditional plank-on-frame to modern wood composite vessels. Rockport Marine offers design services, storage facilities, and has an on-site metal fabrication shop, and 85-ton boat hoist.