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

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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.
DAVID W. EPPIHIMER, JR. - FIBERGLASS TECHNICIAN

Repairing boats is a new twist in David Eppihimer's career path, although one he finds especially rewarding. He came to Rappahannock Yachts in 2001 after fifteen years building boats from the ground up, beginning with the tender that still serves the "Miss Ann," a 1920s-era yacht owned by the Tides Inn in Irvington. David now enjoys the challenge of repair work, whether it involves restoring a badly deteriorated boat to its original condition or making expert glass repairs to collision or storm damaged boats.

JAMES RICH - FINISHER/TECHNICIAN

James Rich has spent most of his 20-year career at Rappahannock Yachts. “Even when I’m not working, I’ll come down here to wash my car, be with the guys and get close to the water. This place is like home to me.” James, whose father also worked on boats, observes, “you have to have a love for it. I guess that’s why I’ve been doing it so long.” James does “a little bit of everything” at Rappahannock Yachts–fiberglass, varnish, the travel lift when needed, spray painting small parts, mast work, compounding, waxing, cleaning–everything but mechanical. He notes, “varnish work is what I do best, nice and smooth ‘til it looks great. It’s relaxing, quiet and good therapy when you get into it.”

 
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