Brewer Street Boatworks President, Skip Helme, began his formal marine trade’s career as a Service Manager for Nautor’s Swan, one of the world’s premiere production sailboat builders. During those years and ever since, Helme has kept the focus at Brewer Street Boatworks, which he founded in 1987, squarely on first-class service. He and his staff understand owners’ exacting standards for work performed on their vessels, and carry out each repair or service job—regardless of the work’s scope—with absolute commitment, integrity and a sharp eye for detail.
Helme is himself an accomplished sailor, having won world and national championships in sailboat racing in both offshore and one-design arenas. He is also an avid fisherman on both the inshore and offshore grounds.
In the community, Helme is a former board member of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, a member of Sail Newport, the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and The Ida Lewis Yacht Club. He is also a dedicated family man who has contributed countless hours to the Newport Youth Hockey Association as a coach and former board member.
Service Manager 20 years of service
Brewer Street Boatworks Service Manager, Randy Both is in his 20th year with the company. He and his wife Lara moved back from the Caribbean in 1997, where Both spent 10 years as a service technician in the charter boat industry. He has extensive sailing background on tall ships and is an avid fisherman. His considerable technical credentials include Five Star Certified Service Manager by Yamaha Motor Corporation, Yamaha Helm Master certification, Raymarine Certified Installation and Service Technician, and Suzuki’s DF300 training module certification.
Office Manager 15 years of service
Our bookkeeper and Director of Marketing, Nancy Helme has over 25 years experience in the marine trades. She served as an event/marketing coordinator for Sail Newport and the New York Yacht Club. She has been an avid sailor and boater since her childhood. She grew up cruising on Lake Erie with her family.
Service Advisor and Parts Manager 2 years of service
Our parts manager/service writer is Brad Gardiner. Brad is an avid fisherman and power boater and has worked at West Marine in various capacities for over 15 years.
Inboard Mechanic 1 year of service
Outboard Mechanic and Boat Hauler 3 years of service
Electronic Installer and Sales Associate 2 years of service
Lead Outboard Mechanic 5 years of service
Fiberglass Technician and Painter 1 year of service
Painter and Yard Worker 8 years of service
Rigger and Inflatable Repair Technician 17 years of service