Our Crew

Curt Mildrum
General Manager

Curt joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 1986.  While he grew up in Connecticut, he spent his childhood summers with his family in Maine at South Bristol, sailing on a Cape Dory Typhoon. At age 18, Curt moved to Maine and began work at Paul Luke’s boatyard, where he assisted with building custom aluminum sailboats and took the opportunity to study marine engineering. Before coming to Yankee, Curt also worked at Handy Boat.

During this period,  Curt raced sailboats professionally from Florida to Canada for 15 years. Now going on 30 years with Yankee, Curt is known for his expert knowledge and innovative problem solving ability regarding all aspects of vessel repair and maintenance.  He can be relied upon to deliver cost effective, quality, and on time marine work repairs, overhauls, and specialty work.

Curt is father to three children, Jonathan, Sam, and Kali.  He lives in Falmouth, with his son, Jonathan, who faces the challenge of Fragile X Syndrome.  He enjoys fishing, skiing, and gold prospecting. For the past several years, Curt also has been working on refurbishing a 1975 Ranger 26 sailboat which he hopes to get in the water again.

Favorite Book: “Grey Seas Under,” by Farley Mowatt.

Adam White
Service Manager

Adam joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 1999.  He grew up in Scarborough, ME, learning to sail in a Jr. Sailing program, beginning at the age of 10. While in Architectural Preservation with a focus on maritime vessels at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, Adam was part of the collegiate racing team and maintained the college fleet. He has raced FJs, J22s, 420s, Luder 44s, and currently races a Sonar and occasionally a Laser.  Over the years, he has won several competitive sailing events and currently during the summer competes twice weekly at the Harraseeket Yacht Club.

During college, Adam worked at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, and after graduation, worked for a year at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. He then returned home and took a part-time job painting boat bottoms at Yankee.  As he had a interest in electronics, he took the opportunity to work with experienced electronics specialists, study on his own to earn National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) certifications, and ultimately specialize in marine electronics. Now as Service Manager, he works closely with the General Manager to oversee the daily operations of the crew.

Adam Lives in Freeport with his wife, Andrea, and two children, Jack and Clara.  In addition to being a dad, Adam continues to pursue One Design Racing, as well as hunting, fishing, and household projects.

Favorite Book: “The Old Man and the Boy,” by Richard Rurak

Michael Aucoin
Customer Service Specialist

Michael joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2009.  He grew up in Scarborough, ME and graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Communication. Before coming to Yankee, Michael was associated for 8 years with DiMillo’s Yacht Sales, where he began as a Deckhand and through broadening his experience in the industry worked his way up to Yacht Sales/Service Manager.

Michael is at the hub of the wheel, where, as a Customer Service Specialist, he is the bridge between understanding and fulfilling customers needs.  He enjoys family outings to the beach with his wife, Kate, and daughter Maggie, competitive sports, cooking, and travel.

Favorite books: Don’t Stop the Carnival (Herman Wouk) and The Spice Necklace (Ann Vanderhoof).

Jeff Reinfelder
Head Rigger/Project Manager

Jeff joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2011 after working as a Rigger at Falls Point in Freeport, ME. Jeff is the one you can rely on to inspect and tune your rigging to ensure that you will have a carefree sailing season.

Jeff grew up in Connecticut, where he first sailed at the age of six weeks, raced Star class boats on his high school sailing team, taught sailing and windsurfing and cruised the waters of New England with his family. 

After graduating from Northeastern University in business, Jeff became a Network Administrator and Webmaster for Citigroup, but in 2008 was laid off.  As the result of some soul searching, Jeff realized he really didn’t want to sit behind a desk and decided to return to his love of sailing and the water. He got the USCG Masters license and found work operating a tug and barge for a marine construction company, where he split his time between rigging and building commercial docks. As time went on, it became clear that rigging was more important and more enjoyable, so Jeff became a full time Rigger.

Jeff, his wife, Caroline, and their three daughters live in Yarmouth and frequently can be found in Casco Bay sailing their J24.

Favorite books: Who Moved My Cheese (Spencer Johnson) and Scupper the Sailor Dog (Margaret Wise Brown)

Brent Allen
Project Manager

Brent joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2012 and since then has worked with Yankee periodically.  He grew up in St. Louis, MO and came to Maine to attend the Landing School in Arundel, where he received a Diploma in Small Wood Boat Building.  During the times Brent has not been at Yankee, he has been self-employed doing custom woodworking for homes, boats, and furniture.

Brent lives in Durham with his wife, Michelle, and son, Miles.  In addition to using his skills around the house, he enjoys fishing and playing the guitar.

Favorite Books: Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), and Sea Wolf (Jack London).

 

Anik Nadeau
Parts Manager

Anik joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2011.  She grew up in Presque Isle in Aroostook County, ME, where she worked the annual potato harvest. Anik has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono and worked in the field in North Carolina and Maine.

Anik and her husband, Chris, live in North Yarmouth, where they are building an energy efficient home which has an insulated block foundation and geothermal heating. She enjoys boating in Casco Bay, hiking, travel, and food. She has practiced martial arts where she has earned a second degree black belt in Ninjutsu.

Favorite books: Any book good enough to read in one sitting, as well as travel books by Rick Steves.

Matt Stevens
Yard Foreman

Matt, as one of Ralph’s (Yankee founder) sons, started working at Yankee Marina and Boatyard when he was 16.  He is a graduate of Yarmouth High School and attended the University of Southern Maine for two years.  He spent two years in the Army at Fort Knox, KY as a Field Artillery and Nuclear Weapons Specialist and subsequently has worked consistently at Yankee for over 22 years.

Matt is known by both customers and co-workers for his adeptness at moving boats safely through the yard by the travel lift and from dock to dock with the yard boat.  This skill is surpassed only by his outgoing personality and willingness to offer help to all.

Matt lives in Yarmouth, high on the hill above the boatyard where he can keep an eye on what is happening below. He is a passionate Red Sox fan and also enjoys gardening.  When not at the boatyard, Matt can be found on the water cruising or lobstering on Ever After, which was his mother’s boat, or occasionally will be spotted tending the bar at Pat’s Pizza.

Favorite books: Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien) and any by Tom Clancy.

Ben Stevens
Billing/Customer Service Specialist

Ben, as one of Ralph’s (Yankee founder) sons, started working at Yankee Marina and Boatyard when he was 15.  He is a graduate of Yarmouth High School and subsequently spent 10 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, serving in West Germany and Texas. After returning to Maine in 1989, Ben joined Yankee full time and has worked here since then.  Initially, he held the role of Systems Administrator/Environmental & Safety Officer, where he both designed and launched the boatyard’s first web site and environmental control program,   More recently, he has transitioned to Customer Service/Billing where he focuses on understanding and fulfilling customers needs.

While in the Air Force, Ben enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force in an A.S in Electronics Systems Technology, a degree he finished shortly after returning to Maine.  Subsequently, he enhanced his technical skills by earning a B.A. with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Southern Maine.           

Ben lives in Yarmouth within walking distance to Yankee just around the corner from the Boatyard on Route 88. He has a long standing interest in animal welfare and volunteers for the local cat shelter. Those who know Ben have the opportunity to share in his dry Maine humor which can always brighten one’s day.

Scott McCatherin
Project Manager, Electrician and Rigger

Scott joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2008, relocated to Florida in 2010, and returned to Yankee in 2013.  He grew up in Maine on Cousins Island in Yarmouth, attended local schools, and learned to sail through the junior sailing programs at several area yacht clubs by which he explored Casco Bay in a Turnabout sailboat. Scott’s passion for sailing continues and he has become an avid yacht racer.
  He was particularly active during the time he lived on Puget Sound where he raced extensively on J-35's and several custom 50' racing sailboats.

Scott’s maritime industry, travel, and other interests are diverse, as he has been to every US state, except Alaska and traveled to Europe, South America, and numerous Caribbean Islands.  He has lived for extended periods in Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, Wyoming, St. John USVI, Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, and Nonsuch Bay in Antigua.


Scott has worked in the marine industry in a variety of capacities, beginning as a launch operator at the Portland Yacht Club while attending the University of Maine and subsequently as a Stern Man on a lobster boat, as a Rigger and Equipment Operator at the Hinckley Co, and as a Systems and Electrical Technician for Lyman Morse Boatbuilding. He also spent several summers delivering yachts along the Maine Coast and served as First Mate on a 120' Motor Yacht where he traveled the eastern seaboard from Maine to the Caribbean and lived for a winter on St. John. He also delivered a Santa Cruz 50 from Kauai, HI to Seattle and made numerous deliveries around British Columbia and Puget Sound. While in Seattle, he was employed as a Rigger and Travel Lift Operator for a boatyard on Puget Sound. Scott has brought his technical knowledge and ability to communicate easily to Yankee where he can be found doing anything from project management to rigging or electronics. 

Scott lives in Yarmouth and has a daughter, Simonne, who is attending Savannah College of Art and Design in GA.
 In addition to sailing, Scott enjoys hiking, skiing, road biking, photography, and flying a model aircraft. Previously, he also was a Wilderness EMT and Professional Ski Patroller and was employed for a season by the Ambulance and Rescue Team at Sugarloaf Mountain. When not at Yankee in the summer, Scott can be found at the helm of an Eastbay 38 Express Cruiser or aboard his J/24, the Knife Edge, with his yellow lab, Seguin; in the winter he skis Sugarloaf almost every weekend.

Favorite books: Prefer topics focusing on outdoor and marine literature, including Grey Seas Under (Farley Mowat) and The Razors Edge (W. Somerset Maugham).

Paul Dodge
Yard Equipment Operator

Paul joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2007.  He was born in CT and moved to Yarmouth, ME in the 5th grade.  He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. in Information Technology.


Paul lives in Topsham with his wife, Jess, and dog, Scoop. He is a licensed captain; taught sailing in HS in Brooklin, ME; and recently got certified in scuba diving.  Paul also enjoys sailing kayaking, canoeing, and hiking.

Dave DeVore
General Technician

Dave joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2015 after graduating from The Landing School with a Certificate in Marine Systems.  His marine credentials include ABYC certifications and a USCG Captain’s license.  Dave has logged more than 10,000 nautical miles sailing TransAtlantic (Eastbound and Westbound); competing in offshore distance races, including Newport to Bermuda and Marblehead to Halifax; and making yacht deliveries along the eastern seaboard from Bermuda to Nova Scotia.  Dave’s career in the marine industry ranges from instructing sailing at The Medford Boat Club (MA) and Camp Runoia (ME), making sails for a number of sail lofts, being a mate aboard schooners, and working as a retail associate at Hamilton Marine, Maine’s largest chandlery.  

Dave lives in Gray, ME, with his wife. He is passionate about adventure travel and has visited every continent with the exception of Antarctica.  Besides sailing, he enjoys sea kayaking, mountaineering, snowmobiling, cycling, and SCUBA diving.  Someday, Dave aspires to circumnavigate.

Favorite books: Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge (Jill Fredston), Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Alfred Lansing), In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, (Nathaniel Philbrick), Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World’s Richest Shipwreck (Gary Kinder), Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II (Robert Kurson), and Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts).

Ruan Pretorius
Mechanical and Systems Trainee

Ruan joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2016.  He grew up in Newcastle Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa and graduated from North-West University in South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Science with a coaching emphasis.

Ruan began his marine career in South Africa as a Deckhand on private yachts and, as he gained experience, served as a Bosun to manage deck hands and as Deck Overseer to handle guest services on up to 235’ yachts.  He also completed the Professional Yacht Master Training program in Durbin, South Africa and has served as a Master in the Mediterranean aboard both the  230’ Motor Yacht Hermitage and the 160’ Motor Yacht Mirgab VI. Over the years, when not at sea, he also has worked in construction, landscaping, and sales.

Ruan lives in Westbrook, with his wife, Micah, in a home that they currently are renovating. He is very active physically, working out in the gym regularly.  Also in South Africa, he competed on Junior Teams in the 100 meter dash, men’s field hockey, swimming, tennis, and golf.

Favorite book: From School Chairs to Millionaires (William Fullagar)

John Morin
Mechanic

John joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2014.  He grew up in Sanford, ME, received training in the welding and mechanical trades, and has held employment as an Iron Worker, Mason, and Welder.  In those capacities, John has worked on government construction, nuclear waste sites, and shipyards worldwide, including locations in Germany, Guam, Norway, and Japan. Previously, John also worked as an Urchin/Scallop Diver in Kennebunk and Portland.

In addition to hunting (only for the food), hiking in the woods, fishing, and cooking, John also enjoys panning for gold.  

John lives with his wife, Dorothy, and their Cairn Terrier, Hannah, in Alfred.

Favorite books: Raven’s Prey (Jayne Ann Krentz); Variety of non fiction

Chad Gillis
Varnisher/Painter

Chad joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard part time in 1991 and became full time in 1995.  In 2002, he left Yankee and worked for two years as a Varnisher at Hinckley Yacht Service in Southwest Harbor.  In 2004, Chad brought his enhanced skills in varnishing and painting back to Yankee. Chad grew up in various parts of the country but ended up back in Maine in 1990 where he graduated from Yarmouth High School.

Chad lives in Cumberland and enjoys bass/trout fishing and barbecuing, but his true passion is ice hockey, which he plays year round with the Falmouth and Gorham Men’s League.

Favorite books: Pretty Much All of Them (Clive Cussler) and White Fang; Call of the Wild (Jack London).

Craig Marx
General Technician

Craig joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 1992.  He grew up in Swansea, MA and spent four years in the Navy as an Operations Specialist aboard a guided missile destroyer, The Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23).

After receiving a Certificate in Electromechanical Drafting from the Hall Institute in Providence, RI, Craig worked over 19 years using his drafting and design skills in shipbuilding for employers, including Derecktor Shipyard in Rhode Island, Electric Boat in Connecticut, and Gibbs and Cox at Bath Iron Works.

Craig lives on Westport Island and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and cross country skiing.

Favorite books: Anything related to ancient or American history.

Henry Mark
General Technician

Henry joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2013. He was born and raised in Quinhagak, AK, a small fishing community 500 miles west of Anchorage.   At the age of 22, Henry left home and relocated to Maine to attend college at Andover and Husson, ultimately receiving an Associate Degree in Business. 

After graduation, Henry spent 10 years working in a variety of office positions, and in the mid 90’s, decided he wanted more hands on work so transitioned to the maritime industry.  Subsequently, before joining Yankee, he used the combination of his business and technical skills to benefit Quinhagak through applying for and receiving a number of federal construction grants enabling him to move back and forth from Maine to the village to administer projects related to bringing water and sewer to the village.

Henry lives in Pownal with his wife, Toni, and has 2 step-children and 4 grandchildren. He loves being around his grandchildren and likes boating, gardening, carpentry, and fixing things around the house. Henry finds it especially satisfying to return to Quinhagak to visit his parents and 6 siblings to fish, hunt, and help in their subsistence lifestyle.

Boatyard customers will see that Henry is accompanied throughout the day by T-Bone, a mixed breed dog he adopted from his village.  

Jerod Bechard
Fiberglass Technician

Jerod joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2012.  He grew up in Monmouth, ME and, after graduating from high school, joined the Air Force where he was trained in Aircraft Structural Maintenance, including sheet metal/fiberglass repair and painting.  Jerod then was stationed for nearly four years at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, where he repaired and painted jet aircraft. After the service, he returned to Maine, joined Yankee, and completed an Associate Degree in Composite Science and Manufacturing at Southern Maine Community College.

Jerod, his wife, Terri-Lynn, and their two sons, Evan and Kody, live in Sabattus. Jerod enjoys being with his family and spending time outdoors, including boating, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Rae Webster
Office Manager

Rae joined Yankee Marina and Boatyard in 2003.  She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, but raised in Brunswick, ME. After graduating from Brunswick High School, she joined the CPA firm of Boucher Perkins Campbell Paradis where she worked for 19 years handling data entry, payroll & associated returns, sales tax, financial statements, and bookkeeping for the firm and local businesses. 

Rae is the heart of the Yankee office, where she channels all communications with a cheerful demeanor that pleases everyone.  She lives with her husband, Tom, on Pleasant Pond in Richmond and has two grown children, Brandi and Katie, as well as a new granddaughter, Bryn. In addition to being devoted to her children and grandchild, Rae is a passionate Red Sox fan and an active volunteer for the Richmond Area Food Pantry for which she serves as Treasurer.

Favorite books: The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks), Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

 

Deborah Delp
President

Deb grew up in the shadow of Yankee Marina and Boatyard as her father, Ralph, was its founder.  She graduated from Yarmouth High School and later became an RN, where she worked in the Intensive Care and Emergency Departments at Mercy Hospital, Maine Medical Center, and Wentworth Douglas Hospital in NH.

The leadership and patient care skills Deb learned in that environment served her well, as when Ralph became ill, she returned to assume management of the boatyard.  Deb enjoys being home in Maine and working with her two brothers, Mat and Ben. As President, she is committed to building an even stronger organization by enhancing quality and efficiency. All of Deb’s efforts have focused on ensuring the world-class customer service that is the hallmark of Yankee Marina and Boatyard.

Deb has four grown children, Rachel, William, Jonathan, and James and lives in Yarmouth, where she has just finished building a house.  Of course, building a new house is never really done, so Deb has been devoting the little spare time she has to completing projects, working in the yard and garden, and tending to her new chickens. In addition to these activities and spending time with family, Deb also enjoys cooking, community volunteering, and politics.

Favorite books: Prefer non-fiction.  A real favorite is Conspiracy of Fools (Kurt Eichenwald).

 

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