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.




Chris Bakken

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).

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Sarah McHugh

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! 


Ginger Brown

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.


Andrew Bakken

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, whether on the dock or at the shop.



Though now way too big to sit on the counter, he'll greet you with a smile and a hearty tail wag and offer to carry anything you're holding.

"The crew’s knowledge, expertise and friendly helpfulness cannot be overstated."



Bob McMurray

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. 


Matt Gittings


Bob is a perfectionist and craftsman extraordinaire. If he isn’t in the wood shop building custom cabinets, he can be found replacing a worn out engine with a brand new Beta. Systems engineering is his forte, whether electrical or mechanical. Sailing is his passion and his Baba 30 a personal project.

Jeremy Lala

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, as owner and operator of Eco-Logic Land Clearing.


Jackson Lowder

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. He did bottom paint work 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.

Clay Jones


Clay contributes his extensive knowledge and experience in all things mechanical. A true tinkerer, Clay loves the challenge of figuring out how things work...or why something is not working. Clay is also a skilled and creative welder.

Cameron Schweitzer

Cam was born and raised in Bonney Lake and is the most recent addition to the SEA Marine service team. His experience is with car engines but his energetic attitude and willingness to learn has made the transition to boats seamless. He credits the wealth of knowledge and experience of his co-workers for his quick learning curve. 

Rigel Carlson

Another PT-born and raised, Rigel is currently the "jack of all trades" at SEA Marine, assisting with all aspects of boatyard operations. He is enjoying soaking up all he can from Chris and the service team and hopes to eventually focus on mechanics and welding. The crew appreciates Rigel's willingness to learn, as well as his ability to fit his young body in tight boat spaces. 


"Prompt, knowledgeable service on an emergency engine repair.

Would use again without hesitation."


Sandy Bakken


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."



Daniele & Jeff Johnson

Born in Soldotna, Alaska, Daniele’s passion for sewing started at an early age.  When she was 10 she purchased her own machine. Working along side her mother in her upholstery shop, Daniele learned the diverse nature of the business, completing a variety of projects for home, office, restaurant, ATVs, RVs and boat canvas. 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's technical skills and creative problem solving pair perfectly with Daniele's sewing talent. Jeff was an Aviation Electronics Technician in the Navy then worked as a mechanic in both marine and auto industries for nearly 30 years. Jeff loves nothing more than the challenge of creating custom solutions for boat canvas and cover projects. He has the tools (both physical and mental) to build metal framework for canvas covers for any vessel or vehicle.  


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 Brown

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 Boutilier

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.




"These guys provide the best service in Puget Sound at the lowest cost.

Get your bottom painted here and you will be satisfied with their work."