Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
Meet the Seaview Crew
In this day and age of where people change jobs on average every 2 years and will hold 11 jobs in their lifetime, Seaview stands out. The team is full of people who count their time at Seaview in decades, not years, and consider themselves Seaview “lifers”.

Phil thinks of Seaview as his extended family and considers family to be his greatest investment and proudest accomplishment. Regardless of how much the company has grown, Phil has maintained his commitment to the family environment and close ties that have defined Seaview Boatyard from its inception.

Get to know the Seaview family:

Phil Riise
Phil Riise – President & CEO
A native son of Ballard, Phil Riise was born and raised in the heart of the Norwegian community and inherited the solid work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of his Scandinavian ancestors.Phil began his career in the marine industry in 1969 while still a student at Ballard High. A job at Sailboat Headquarters working as a boat detailer and rigger was the first step toward his destiny. Read more
Tiel Riise
Tiel Riise – Vice President of Operations
Tiel represents the second generation of leadership in the Riise family business. Don’t mistake this for case of entitlement though, as in the Riise family everything is earned and nothing is taken for granted. Starting out with a summer job at the age of 14 assisting the Travelift operator at Seaview East, Tiel has worked his way up through the organization. Read more
Roland Sando
Roland Sando – General Manager Seaview West
Roland Sando has a passion for boating that stems from his early years on his parent’s sailboat where the family made a game of identifying different boats as they passed by. Since then Roland?s love of boating has remained undiminished. He has owned 10 boats of his own and is currently the proud owner of a Cal 39′ sailboat which, along with his family, is his greatest source of pleasure in life. Roland has been in the marine industry all of his working life, in both commercial and pleasure boating. Read more
Aaron Bandstra
Aaron Bandstra – Operations Manager Seaview North and Seaview Fairhaven
From an early age Aaron had a passion for building and creating, so after high school it was an easy decision to enroll in the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Through the recommendation of an instructor he started his career in the marine industry at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op and later moved on to Petersburg Shipwrights in Alaska. After leaving Petersburg, Aaron travelled the country, heading for the East Coast. Once he settled in Massachusetts, Aaron took a job with the commercial fishing fleet out of Gloucester Read more
John Papajani
John Papajani – Business Manager
John Papajani is an avid mariner who started sailing in 1975 after a friend’s father bought a 36′ sailboat. The boys taught themselves how to sail with only a “how-to” book and a spirit of adventure as their guide. In 1975, while hauled out at Seaview West he ran into Phil Riise, then co-owner of the boatyard, and a former classmate who John hadn’t seen since they attended Ballard High in the late 1960s. Read more
Andy McBride
Andy McBride – Service Writer Seaview West
Andy began his maritime career in 1974 doing bottom painting, fiberglass work, and commissioning for Offshore Yachts at Shilshole Bay. He then worked for Boeing as a tool and die maker until 1981 when he met up with Phil Riise at Seaview West Boatyard and came onboard as a rigger. Andy branched out into all areas of the yard eventually becoming manager of Seaview West. In 2003 Andy left Seaview to work in other areas of the marine industry on larger pleasure and fishing vessels. Since Andy’s return he’s become reacquainted with many of his old customers and is making friends with new ones.