About Us

Boat Building Industry Facts

Boat building is a significant and growing business sector in Maine with annual industry sales topping $650 million.

Approximately 450 companies and 5,000 jobs are tied to Maine boat building.

Maine is a world leader in maritime uses of composite technology.

Maine’s boat building heritage spans four centuries.


Our Products

We produce top quality vessels built with Maine pride. Maine built boats – from luxury yachts to workboats and canoes – exemplify the finest craftsmanship and latest technology available today. Our strong support industry, ranging from sail makers and yacht interior designers to boat-related software developers, has also established Maine as a leader in custom upgrades, restorations, and outfitting.

An experienced workforce, augmented by some of the finest boat building education facilities in the country, provides access to the best manufacturing talent available. This level of knowledge, in addition to substantial investment in facilities and equipment and access to deep water, makes Maine an ideal location for yacht design and construction.

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About MBB

MBB, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, was established in 2005 to strengthen and expand Maine’s boat building industry. The organization is creating a unified brand that presents Maine as a worldwide leader in boat building quality, technology, and craftsmanship. MBB will use unique and aggressive initiatives to promote the brand and increase demand for Maine built boats in regional, national and international markets and strengthen the boat building community.

MBB partners with the state and federal government to leverage resources and develop a favorable business environment for the Maine boat building industry. In addition, the organization is dedicated to supporting marine industry training and the development of technologies that enhance industry products and performance.

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Board of Directors

Jon Johansen

Jon Johansen

President

Pictured here with his 1907 tugboat, Saturn, Jon Johansen is the President of Maine Built Boats and publishes the monthly newspaper Maine Coastal News.
Bentley Collins

Bentley Collins

Vice President

Bentley Collins is VP of sales and marketing for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts.

Leon MacCorkle

Leon MacCorkle

Treasurer

Leon MacCorkle is co-owner of Padebco Custom Boats, a full service boatyard, has been building boats in Round Pond, Maine

Audrey Hodgdon

Audrey Hodgdon

Secretary

Audrey Hodgdon is marketing manager at Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay, Maine.

Phil Bennett

Phil Bennett

Director

Phil Bennett is VP of sales and marketing at The Hinckley Company and has worked in the marine industry for 42 years.

Tim Greer

Tim Greer

Director

Tim Greer is president of Navtronics LLC, a full-service marine outfitting group.

John Hanson

John Hanson

Director

John K. Hanson, Jr. is publisher of Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors, an award-winning magazine that focuses on  living, working, and cruising the coast of Maine.

Jamie Houtz

Jamie Houtz

Director

Jamie Houtz serves as the Director of Facilities and Boats at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine.

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Director

Mark Mitchell spent his youth in a marina in Maine and is VP at ComMar Sales LLC

Neal Prescott

Neal Prescott

Director

Neal Prescott is Managing Director of Novatec Braids, a leader in the manufacture of ultra-high-strength braided ropes designed for military, marine, industrial and recreational applications.

Elaine Scott

Elaine Scott

Director

Elaine Scott owns Skyeboat Marketing. She has worked to promote Maine’s Boat Building and Marine industry since 2004. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Manufacturer’s Association of Maine and represents Maine Built Boats.

JB Turner

JB Turner

Director

JB Turner is President of Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine and has almost three decades of experience as a manager of yacht service and composite boatbuilding projects.

Alice Workman

Alice Workman

Director

Alice Workman is Business Manager at SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine.

 

Staff

 

Nicole Jacques

Nicole Jacques

Staff

Nicole Jacques is a longtime sailor and is the owner of Rhumbline Communications, a marine marketing services agency in Portland, Maine.

Tuesdi Woodworth

Tuesdi Woodworth

Staff

Tuesdi Woodworth is CFO at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, and has a long history with the marine industry in Maine.

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