Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
Seaview Boatyard
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 1976, 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 School in the late 1960s.

John remained a customer of Seaview until 1981 when, after travelling to the Caribbean, he sold everything, bought a sailboat in Florida, sailed back to the Caribbean and began a three year stint as a charter captain and delivery skipper. Upon returning to Seattle in 1984, John stayed in the marine industry, working for a company that produced and distributed sailing videos. In 1985, he started working with Seaview in a freelance capacity, but after 10 years of 5 AM phone calls from Phil, he finally concluded that he’d get more sleep if he came on board with Seaview full time. In 1995, he officially joined the company as Business Manager. For the last 20-plus years, John has worked on strategic planning, leases, insurance, legal matters, environmental issues and marketing.

In addition to working at Seaview, John began serious sailboat racing in the late 90s when he was navigator aboard Charisma, a beautiful 57′ Sparkman Stevens restored by Seaview. He later crewed on the Perry-designed 65′ carbon fiber racing sailboat Icon, custom built in New Zealand for Charisma’s former owner. John continues to cruise at every opportunity with Sara, his wife of over 30 years, and his two children Nico and Antonia aboard their family sailboat.