General Manager, Chris Bakken, is a Northwest native and lifelong boater. Born in Port Angeles, Chris grew up in Seattle and Oregon and spent his childhood on both fresh and saltwater. Chris has a degree in Marine Biology from Oregon State University and a lifelong interest in boats and in business. Chris wears many hats at SEA Marine--if you don't find him in his office, he'll be on the dock...or in the paint shop...or the Navy building...or in the parts department (you get the picture).
Sarah is our Operations Manager and customer contact for the Canvas Department. Her background in the hospitality industry has proven invaluable as she ensures efficiency of customer service and operations at SEA Marine. "Creative Problem Solver" could very well be her title!
Financial Manager, Ginger is the glue that holds SEA Marine together. Ginger has done small business and tax accounting for 30 years from the construction industry to marine trades. She is efficient and innovative in addition to being a pleasure to deal with on the phone and in person. Ginger spent her childhood on the water in the Puget Sound and boating has a special place in her heart. She settled in Port Ludlow and raised her three daughters here.
If you have a question about anything going on at SEA Marine, Andrew probably knows the answer! He operates the forklift and helps with the yard trailer, as well as being the "go-to" guy for ice and propane. Andrew takes pride in his work and is always willing to lend a hand.
"The crew’s knowledge, expertise and friendly helpfulness cannot be overstated."
meet the crew
Our marine brokers, craftspeople and talented technicians exceed the expectations of our customers with an impressive level of quality and passion for their work. We design and deliver our services with the understanding that each customer’s boating style, preferences and financial capacity is unique.
Matt has been at SEA Marine for over a decade. He started at the bottom, literally,
as a bottom painter, then over the years became skilled at additional aspects of boat repair and maintenance. He now specializes in fiberglass, gel coat repair and finish work, but is also great at general electrical and mechanical.
Our Service Manager, Jeremy, has lived in Port Townsend his whole life, other than the 3 years he spent in Thailand as a YouthConnect instructor. Jeremy is a motorcycle enthusiast and devoted over 7 years to servicing them before he came to SEA to focus on boat mechanics. Jeremy is also at home operating BIG machines, is owner and
operator of Eco-Logic Land Clearing.
Clay is our Quality Control Supervisor. He not only contributes his extensive knowledge and experience in all things mechanical, Clay makes sure that every job is done to the customer's satisfaction before it leaves our dock or yard.
Ed is a certified semi-truck technician but he discovered boats are much more interesting than trucks. He especially enjoys rebuilding engines and his experience rounds out our service team. Ed is probably our most well-traveled employee, as he used to lead tours all over the world.
Jackson learned from the best...his dad. Mark Lowder was the lift operator for SEA Marine for several years and during that time Jackson worked in the yard as a bottom painter, but also learned to operate the Travelift. Jackson worked in different yards for 5 years, but we were lucky enough to entice him back to SEA where he moves boats around like an old pro.
Rigel brings some youthful energy to the yard. He helps operate the TraveLift and is also enthusiastic and helpful with any job that needs doing. We appreciate Rigel's willingness to learn and pitch in where needed.
Colin is another long time Port Townsender and he's been a marine electrician since 1990. His skills and experience and problem solving round out our Service team.
"Prompt, knowledgeable service on an emergency engine repair.
Would use again without hesitation."
Sandy is a crew of one, but she will skillfully handle your boat sale or purchase down to the smallest
detail. Her background in fine art and design gives her a unique perspective and appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of a boat. Sandy's years of boating on the Oregon Coast during her childhood and in the San Juans in later life have provided the knowledge and experience to give practical advice to both buyers and sellers.
"I can't say enough about how she helped make the purchase quick a painless. If you're looking for a broker Sandy Bakken at SEA Marine can help you out."
Hailing from Soldotna, Alaska, Daniele’s passion for sewing started when she purchased her own sewing machine at age 10. Daniele honed her skills working alongside her mother in her upholstery shop. Sewing boat canvas struck a chord and in 2011 she purchased Port Townsend Canvas. Daniele joined the SEA Marine family in 2016 and she still owns that first sewing machine.
Jeff was a welcome addition when he joined the crew in our Sail Loft in 2022. His technical skills and "can do" attitude are great assets to the team. His sewing experience was acquired rigging parachutes and he can build just about anything. Jeff bought a sailboat soon after moving to Washington and holds the honor of being SEA Marine's only liveaboard.
Lenora is the most recently added member of the Canvas Crew. She has always loved Port Townsend and decided to make it her home after discovering she also loves to work on boats. Her experience building airplane interiors has translated seamlessly (!) and she's a natural with canvas and upholstery.
I highly recommend SEA Marine for any canvas work that you may need. Great job Daniele and crew!!!! We are so happy with our beautiful new canvas!
Sean, our resident Hawaiian, is known for his positive attitude, incredible smile and impeccable style. He is frequently seen around the yard in his classy white Tyvek suit. Whether wielding a brush or roller, he is always on task. He arrives at the crack of dawn to work his magic and it’s no wonder customers come back every two years to have their bottom
work done. His reputation is built on quality.
Aaron is a PT local who grew up helping his father at the Auto Body Shop. At age 6 he was sweeping floors and by 16 he'd started painting cars. He took a short diversion to paint houses in Montana, but the lure of his home-town brought him back. After almost 10 years of painting cars locally, Townsend Bay Marine recruited him to paint boats and he’s been a boat painter ever since. An amazing technician with unparalleled attention to detail, the finish results are consistently flawless.