About us
Alan Jacobson leads the team at the Art of Boat Repair. He began his career as a photojournalist. His photo of Muhammad Ali appeared on the front page of The New York Times, The Washington Post and Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” – twice.

In 1992, he founded Brass Tacks Design LLC, and redesigned newspapers from New England to New Zealand. In 2008, he launched TweenTribune.com – a news-based, educational platform for preteens and their teachers. It was acquired by the Smithsonian in 2014.


Before taking up sailing, he logged more than 4,000 hours in eight planes he owned, including an Aerostar 601P/700 – the turbocharged version of the plane Tom Cruise flew in “American Made.”

Aerostar 601P/700 instrument panel
Alan’s Beneteau 40CC is his third boat. His first boat was a Tartan 30 and his second boat was a Cal 33. He has sailed as far north as Annapolis and as far south as Eleuthera. He is a full-time live aboard, spending winters in the Bahamas and Caribbean, and summers out of the hurricane zone.

Beneteau 40CC galley
Julie Hyde is ABR’s Chief Partner Liaison Manager. With more than 35,000 sea miles accumulated over 2o years in the South Pacific , the Med and the Caribbean, she uniquely knows how difficult it is to find good people to fix your boat. After all her years on the high seas, Julie is both irrepressibly positive and highly determined to resolve any of your issues. All contributors to and users of ABR are well-served in her capable hands.

Sudeep Goyal is Chief Technology Officer of the Art of Boat Repair. He is also the founder of EbizON, a product engineering and software development company based in Noida, India. EbizON’s team includes more than 100 software developers. EbizON’s clients include Smithsonian, Fedex and Intel.

Sudeep and Alan at EbizON in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sudeep was also the lead developer of TweenTribune. His innovations in scaling the Drupal open-source publishing platform to serve TweenTribune’s 2 million registered users were the subject of a workshop at MIT.

Pursharath Ahuja is the lead developer of The Art of Boat Repair. He has been the lead developer on multiple projects for Brass Tacks Design. He is a full LAMP-stack developer, with expertise in Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. He holds a Master's Degree in Enterprise Software Systems from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland.

Eric Seidman is the Art Director of the Art of Boat Repair. He was Art Director at The New York Times, Rocky Mountain News, Omaha World-Herald, The Virginian-Pilot, Discover magazine, Time, Inc. and TweenTribune. He was Creative Director at AARP. He also served aboard the USS Constitution. “Old Ironsides” is a wooden-hulled, three-masted, 44-gun, heavy frigate first commissioned in 1797. It remains in active service in Boston Harbor and is the oldest warship in active service in the United States Navy and the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat.

Nelson Brown is the News Editor of the Art of Boat Repair. He is the former Assistant Managing Editor for News and Presentation of The Virginian-Pilot, Sports Editor of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Sports Editor of the base newspaper at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. He owns a Sea King 24 powered by twin 150 Suzukis.

Holly Burgess is Founder & Chief Marketing Guide of Heartwork Marketing, which creates the vision then manages and executes ABR’s social media strategy. Holly and her team keep their eyes on Facebook, YouTube, et al. so the rest of the team at ABR can focus on helping boat owners, providers of marine services and producers of marine products.

Craig Mytelka is the Art of Boat Repair’s general counsel. He has dedicated his practice to helping clients navigate issues of intellectual property law, primarily in the areas of licensing and litigation. Craig helps companies and individuals maximize the value of their intellectual property portfolios through licensing, particularly regarding software and related areas such as privacy, cybersecurity, data rights and cloud storage.  He also assists clients with the licensing of patent, trademark and copyright assets. He is a partner in Williams Mullen, a full-service law firm with 240 attorneys in offices across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C. Craig owns a Sunsation 32 CCX and Nauticat 44. He has raced on a Beneteau First 38s5.