W. BRUCE SANDERS
Owner

ROBIN H. DITCH
Office Manager

PATSY PANIS
Service Manager

C. DUANE BISHOFF
Mechanic

WILLIAM M. ("MAC") SHEPPARD
Finish Painter

THOMAS M. CONAWAY
Travel Lift Operator

KEVIN R. JONES
Rigger

DAVID W. EPPIHIMER, JR.
Fiberglass Technician

JAMES RICH
Finisher/Technician

SCOTT CLAWSON
Electrician/Technician

JEFF TYERS
Carpenter

BEAR
Mascot  


Rappahannock Yachts employs fulltime craftsmen and managers, many of whom have been with us for more than fifteen years. We also enjoy a close association with several local subcontractors who have provided us with sound, reliable support for many years.
THOMAS M. CONAWAY - TRAVEL LIFT OPERATOR

When a big boat needs to be hauled out of the water—or a big engine out of a boat—Thomas Conaway fires up the travel lift. But when the lift isn’t needed, he turns his hand to other things—waxing boat hulls, stripping and varnishing woodwork or fiberglass work. Variety, he says, keeps him motivated. A Wicomico Church resident, Thomas learned to operate a travel lift at Southern Chesapeake Yachts. He had worked there since 1990 and asked to stay on when Rappahannock Yachts acquired it. He got the job and has never looked back. “It’s a great place to work,” he says. “Bruce Sanders gives you a job to do and lets you do it. And that’s why we all try to give him our best.

KEVIN R. JONES - RIGGER

Kevin Jones grew up in Richmond but spent his summers at his parents’ Rappahannock River cottage. He moved to the area permanently in 1981 and went to work for Rappahannock Yachts in 1993 as a general yard worker. “But since I’m a small guy with no fear of heights,” he says, “it was just sort of natural to send me up the mast when something needed doing up there, so I soon became a rigger.” Like most of his co-workers, Kevin wears many hats. When he’s not installing rigging or preparing a boat for transport, he’s likely to be installing thru hulls in the tightest spots or shrink-wrapping boats for winter storage.

 
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