Meet the Crew


Dan MacNaughton

DAN MACNAUGHTON – Finisher & Rigger

Dan grew up on the cost of Maine and is a life-long cruising yachtsman. He is the co-author, with Lucia Del Sol Knight, of The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers. Dan comes to us with 57 years of sailing experience and 35 years of boatyard experience. He lends us his skills as a finisher and rigger.



Garvin is a 2006 graduate of the Maine College of Art, completing his major in illustration. His Children’s book Dump Dog was published in 2007. He has worked in the boat building industry for the last 6 years, perfecting his painting and varnishing skills. Garvin was with Lyman Morse for 5-1/2 years before arriving here at Artisan Boatworks.


KEITH BUSH – Finisher & Rigger

Keith studied art at Temple University, and then moved to Maine in 2009 to work in the Windjammer fleet. Keith joined the crew at Artisan Boatworks in the winter of 2013, where he has been honing his finishing and rigging skills ever since. He loves having a hand in the construction and maintenance of such wonderful classic boats.


TIMO FOSTER – Boatbuilder

Timo attended the New England Institute of Technology and also spent two years at Rhode Island School of Design. He studied industrial design and received his associates degree in cabinet making. Tim worked as a shipwright on several schooners in the Maine Windjammer fleet. He comes to Artisan Boatworks with a great love for boats that shows through his work.


ADAM SMITH – Systems

Adam was a student at the Landing School for two years where he completed the small wooden boat construction program. He then went on to Marine Systems and holds ABYC diesel propulsion, and AC/DC Electrical and Marine Systems certifications, making him an ABYC Master Tech. He was among the crew on Bride of Baltimore II in 2010. He enjoys sailing in his spare time and holds a USCG 50 ton near coastal master’s license.


JUSTIN WARD – Service Manager

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Justin Ward has “come up through the hawes-pipe” with Artisan Boatworks. He started as a finisher five years ago and has since moved up to his current roles as Service Manager and Safety & Environmental Director. He brings to Artisan a diverse background and work history that began with the development of a national wholesale rose sales and distribution company. His boating experience includes four years on the schooners of the Maine Windjammer Association, one season on the 104’ Bruce King yacht Whitehawk, and operations and maintenance at the 850 slip Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in San Francisco. Justin lives in Rockport with his partner and two young children; his favorite color is Epifanes 3126.


NICKY SALISBURY – Office Manager

Nicky’s construction experience started with South Coast Improvement, a general contractor out of Massachusetts. Having always been interested in architecture and building, she took a position at South Coast as Office Manager & Bookkeeper. Due to her attention to detail, project budgeting skills, and customer relations, she was promoted to Vice President of Production. She was responsible for several large scale projects from Vermont to New Jersey. After relocating back to her home state of Maine, Nicky took a position at Rockport Marine, where she discovered her love for the art of boatbuilding. During her time at Rockport Marine she assisted in all aspects of the office and learned as much about the “behind the scenes” workings of a boatyard as possible. Anxious to dig into the business even further, Nicky transitioned to Artisan Boatworks in the summer of 2013. She is excited to be a part of such a wonderfully talented team.


TIMOTHY A. JACOBUS – Boatbuilder

Timothy A. Jacobus moved to Maine from North Carolina in 2011. Born into a family lineage of New Jersey carpenters, he desired to broaden his residential carpentry woodworking skills to include the study of traditional wooden boat construction. Attending The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, he completed the two-year apprenticeship program and graduated in June 2013. As a student he served as the short course facilitator, teaching weekend classes in half-hull modeling, lofting basics, oar making, and wood joinery. For the course of instruction Jacobus constructed an open rowing boat called a Susan Skiff, a Herreshoff Columbia dinghy, and, as lead carpenter, led the team that replicated the 29-foot New Bedford Leonard whaleboat for the Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining whaling ship. Now along with various woodworking projects he enjoys drafting and scratch building remote sailing models and restoring traditional wooden boats. Jacobus is a US Navy Veteran, Master at Arms First Class with 8 years of service. He also served as a correctional officer for the State of North Carolina for 10 years. Tim joined Artisan Boatworks in 2014.



Freeland grew up on Cape Cod where he spent considerable time messing about in boats
sailing the family’s 18’ catboat, refurbishing a Volvo MD1 engine, and building a dinghy and iceboat.  He has an AA from The Landing School where he studied wooden boat building and yacht design.  After sailing on the Corwith Cramer from Woods Hole, MA to St. Croix, USVI, with Sea Education Association (SEA), Freeland refined his finishing skills at Ballentine’s Boat Shop in Cataumet, MA.  He is happy to be back in Maine with its many opportunities for sailing, photography and folk music.


Amber Nuite

AMBER NUITE – Finisher

Born in central Maine, Amber grew up and attended college in Vermont, where she received a BA in History and Spanish in 2010. That same year she moved back to Maine and started working on the Schooner Lewis R. French, Maine’s oldest windjammer, an 1871 coasting schooner built in Christmas Cove. In the 5 years she spent working on board the French as a cook and a deckhand, Amber developed a love for sailing and for maintaining wooden sailing vessels. She is glad to have joined the finishing team at Artisan, where she can continue to help keep classic boats looking their best. When she is not at work, she can be found skating with the local Roller Derby team, or hiking with her two dogs in the Camden Hills.



CYRUS – Shop Dog

Cyrus enjoys chewing cedar bark, avoids wet glue, and tracks muddy paw prints through the office daily. He has recently enrolled into the local dog college (better known as obedience class) and hopes to graduate with flying colors. He loves visitors and welcomes everyone with enthusiasm!