Artisan Boatworks expands Rockport facility

By Louis Bettcher | Nov 14, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Alec Brainerd speaks to a crowd assembled at Artisan Boatworks Nov. 10.

Rockport — Since establishing Artisan Boatworks 15 years ago, Alec Brainerd and his staff have carved out a niche restoring and caring for wooden boats in the Midcoast. On Nov. 10 Brainerd and his staff celebrated the construction of two new buildings at the Main Street facility, which will expand their ability to paint and maintain wooden vessels for years to come.

The new buildings at Artisan are a 5,800-square-foot storage building, one of three on the site, and a 1,600-square-foot paint shop, bringing the total building footprint at the Main Street boatyard to approximately 21,000 square feet.

The work on the structures was completed by John Davee and his crew at Maine Coast Construction, who worked from July through October on-site. Brainerd said that typically July and August are the slowest months at the boatyard, since most boats are in the water, so the summer was an advantageous time to have the work completed.

Brainerd said 2017 was one of the busiest years at Artisan: it  recorded its highest gross ever, and he expects 2018 to be even better.

"Our storage and maintenance program in particular is expanding 10 percent every year. New construction projects have been steady, and our most recent was a 24-foot yacht tender," Brainerd said.

As a large group of employees, family and friends of the business enjoyed snacks and refreshments in the new workshops Friday evening, Brainerd gathered everyone together to thank his staff for the contributions they continue to make to his business and the dedication to craft they bring to their jobs.

"Not only are these men and women the best in the industry at what they do, none see working at Artisan Boatworks as just a job. Our crew are as attached to these boats as the owners and take genuine pride in their work. They also get that we're ultimately in a service industry. I credit much of our success to the fact that our clients really enjoy working with our crew," Brainerd said of his staff Nov. 13.

Artisan Boatworks is at 416 Main St. More information on the boatyard and the company's upcoming projects can be found at ArtisanBoatworks.com.

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