Aaron Bandstra, NAMS-CMS

Professional History

  • Marine Surveyor: Marine Consultants, Bellingham, WA: April 2019-Present
  • Operations Manager: Seaview Boatyard North, Bellingham, WA: 2010-2019
  • Shipwright & Lead Shipwright: Seaview Boatyard North, Bellingham, WA: 2005-2010
  • Shipwright: Petersburg Shipwrights, Petersburg, AK: seasonally 2002-2004


  • Aaron has been in the marine industry since 1999, working as a shipwright in Port Townsend, WA, Petersburg, AK, and Essex, MA.
  • From 2005 – 2019 Aaron worked at a large boatyard in Bellingham, WA first as a shipwright and finally as an operations manager, managing all types of boat repair, upgrades and maintenance.
  • In 2014 Aaron led a restoration of a traditionally built 1946 Sam Crocker designed ketch, which he continues to cruise with his family.
  • In 2019 Aaron joined Matt Harris’ company Marine Consultants Inc. Matt Harris is a NAMS Retired Life Member, and a well respected marine surveyor with extensive experience surveying vessels in the Pacific Northwest as well as overseas.
  • In 2022 Aaron became a Certified Marine Surveyor with the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
  • In 2023 Matt Harris retired and Aaron took over Marine Consultants Inc.


  • Port Townsend School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Townsend, WA, 1998-1999
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999-2003


  • Certified Marine Surveyor with the National Association of Marine Surveyors
  • Member of the American Boat and Yacht Council


  • ABYC Standards Certified
  • ABYC Marine Electrical Certified
  • National Marine Electronics Association NMEA 2000 Marine Electronics 0400 Installation Standards Training