Meet the Staff: Jack Martin

Jack is the Marine Service Administrator in our Portland, Maine office. Jack started his career in the boating industry at the age of 14, selling kayaks and paddleboards in a landlocked portion of Connecticut. Since then, the floating devices that he has grown to love have only gotten bigger, faster and more complex. He quickly found that engines and sails help too! In school, Jack spent the majority of the summers working at a Marina and Tackle Shop as well as on the water on his family’s boat in the Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay and beyond. Much of his experience on waterways can be attributed to racing stand up paddleboards.  He became intrigued with this niche sport and found himself traveling nationwide for long-distance paddling events. While the “professional development” excuse to skip school was fun; he became passionate about composites, hull design and was constantly drawing comparisons between boats and boards.

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, he moved home with my family back to the shoreline of Connecticut and began working with Defender Industries Inc. Boats & Motors team as a Sales and Service Representative. While home, the boat bug snowballed and he purchased a few skiffs and restored them from the ground up. Jack’s passion for boats, the ocean and the mountains drew him to Maine! When he is not working, you can find Jack surfing year-round, fishing in Casco Bay or backcountry skiing in the White Mountains.


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