Emerald Marine Carpentry is a team of shipwrights, boat builders, and carpenters from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The crew at Emerald Marine is dedicated to helping you keep your vessel in sound working condition for years to come.
Andy Stewart has been working on wooden boats professionally for over 30 years. As a craftsman, his passion is to use tradition and appropriate innovation to keep wooden vessels and his trade alive.
With a back ground in woodworking, sailing and mountaineering, he apprenticed with Cliff Cox as a sail maker after graduation from The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA, in 1984. He began working with shipwrights in local yards. He helped in the completion of three new sailing hulls in three years at the Rights of Man yard owned by Carl Brownstein. Andy worked on the completion of the Lady Washington in Aberdeen, Wash. and then helped start a boatbuilding project for at risk youth.
In 1992, Andy and long time associate, Scott Kimmitt started Olympia Shipwrights and worked from a shop they built in West Bay Marina, Olympia. They were shipwrights for The Evergreen State College, keeping seaworthy two traditional wooden sailboats for academic and marine studies programs.
A love for the islands and bigger waters brought Andy and his family to Anacortes to work for Howard Bean at North Harbor Diesel as their carpenter in 1997. In order to stay focused on the repair and restoration of wooden boats he started Emerald Marine in 1999.
Andy is thankful for the support of his clients, friends and family who have helped him do this work up to now and into the future.
- View Shaped on all Six Sides, a short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry.
- Read an interview with Andy on Hooked on Wooden Boats.
Patrick O’Hearn, after a varied careers in law enforcement, banking, and commercial beekeeping, has been able to indulge his love of woodworking and boats by joining Emerald Marine as a partner. As office and retail sales manager he works to keep the business’s books in order and assist and advise retail customers with wood, epoxy, and bronze orders. An avid flyfisherman, Pat fishes lakes in Washington and Canada from a home built stitch and glue fishing pram. He helping the other Emerald partners to build his latest boat, a new 19 foot Bartender.
Greg McCroskey was raised in the Puget Sound area and in college became interested in sailing, which launched an ongoing passion and interest in boating. Greg’s other interests include playing the fiddle, sailing, traveling, and currently restoring his 1950s travel trailer; looking forward to land yachting. Greg owned, restored, and lived on his 1931 38’ bridge-deck cruiser before moving to Anacortes.
As Emerald Marine’s newest partner, Greg enjoys the crew’s common professional and personal interest in restoring wooden vessels. Greg has over 25 years experience working on restoration and remodels of homes, floating homes, and all types of boats. With Greg’s experience and skills in carpentry, he enjoys working with clients to find creative and efficient solutions for each unique project
Kristin Stewart became active at Emerald Marine in February 2012. She has put her years of experience as Front Desk manager at Northwest Marine Technology and Booshoot Gardens to work in the family business. She grew up boating around the San Juan Islands and Skagit County. In 1985 she was introduced into the world of wooden boat repair when Andy began an extensive repair project on his Thunderbird Istaru.
Besides working with customers, Kristin likes the variety of work available to her from hands on varnishing and tool maintenance to promoting the business, and helping develop and maintain the blog and website. Lately she has been enjoying a renewed relationship with the 36’ Vessel Windsong; the sailboat she and Andy lived on and owned early in their marriage. Kristin and Andy’s adult children have both worked at Emerald Marine at various times when living at home.