BELFAST, BROOKLIN, AND ROCKPORT, MAINE – June 4, 2012 –Three independent yacht yards in mid-coast Maine are appointing Bruce Johnson, formerly of Sparkman & Stephens, as their business development executive. Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine reached an agreement to employ Johnson to represent each yard independently in seeking new construction projects. Johnson will be responsible for attracting and negotiating new national and international builds and refits to Maine, and matching them with the yards based on scope.
Johnson is leaving his most recent post as president of Sparkman & Stephens, the venerable 82-year old yacht design and brokerage firmwhere he has worked as chief designer for the past 12 years and president for the past three. His relationship with S&S spans 24 years, first as designerand then as vice president before assuming his role as chief designer. He is considered one of the foremost experts in his knowledge of the complete S&S design collection from 1929 to 2012.
“Bruce is a very valuable asset for Front Street Shipyard,” says JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “He’s internationally connected to designers, yacht owners, captains and manufacturers throughout the marine industry, and he’ll use those connections to develop new projects.”
Johnson’s role for all three yacht yards will be to promote their capabilities and craftsmanship to people who are considering new builds and major refits. Johnson will facilitate relationships between prospective customers and the yard or yards that will best be able to meet the customers’ needs.
“Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine each has discrete capabilities and strengths, but more than likely the yards may have to compete against one another for projects that Bruce brings to us,” says Taylor Allen, president of Rockport Marine.“We believe Bruce will help us develop enough projects that all three yards will stay busy.”
While the three yards are naturally competitors, the owners acknowledge that each will benefit from having Johnson represent them. “JB, Taylor and I have all known each other for a long time and we’ve worked with each other when a project benefits from collaboration,” says Steve White, president of Brooklin Boat Yard. “We expect to have occasional opportunities to work cooperatively for the benefit of some very big and complex projects.”
Bruce will be based out of New York but he will spend considerable time at the yards and other yachting centers in between.
About Brooklin Boat Yard
Brooklin Boat Yard was started in 1960 by Joel M. White and is presently operated by Joel’s son Steve White. The yard is located in Brooklin, Maine, on the Eggemoggin Reach. BBY is a full-service yard specializing in wooden boat design, construction, repair and maintenance, but working with boats of all construction types including fiberglass, aluminum, steel and composites. BBY offers design services, new boat construction, classic yacht restoration services, and routine storage and maintenance services. The yard also has an on-site yacht brokerage office. More information is online at www.brooklinboatyard.com.
About Front Street Shipyard
Front Street Shipyard is a premier boatbuilding, repair and service facility that offers dockage and winter storage for boats up to 145 feet and hauling capacity for vessels up to 165 tons. The yard has deep-water access for a range of power and sailing vessels from small boats to superyachts. With services from engine and systems maintenance to carpentry and advanced composite repair work, Front Street Shipyard is a full-service facility with exceptionally high quality standards. More information about Front Street Shipyard is online at www.frontstreetshipyard.com.
About Rockport Marine
Rockport Marine Inc. was founded in 1962 by Luke Allen. Since that time, the yard has grown in reputation 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 55-ton boat hoist. More information about Rockport Marine is online at www.rockportmarine.com.