Hey Dude Marine

A Note From
Chrissy & Art

I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania by my mother a devout Methodist Minister's daughter. She started to bring me to the North Carolina Crystal Coast for vacation at the age of 2 where I began a lifelong addiction for the water and then boating. I have enjoyed an awesome career in the boat business where I have worked for almost 40 years helping families build their best memories on the water.

I am currently the Regional Sales manager with Carolina Skiff Boats along with guiding our team of talented technicians and brokers. My love for mechanical work and fixing things began when I was 11.

Chrissy and I love everything about the North Carolina coast: wakeboarding, wake surfing, fishing, boating - we love it all! And at the end of a long day of activity, you can find us in our kitchen cooking up something delicious.

My heart and passion are with our Lord along with my life and business partner Chris Tina Dupuis that I met the day I moved to Emerald Isle. We are both passionate boaters and we want everyone to enjoy their boat and their time on the beautiful waters of the North Carolina coast. Chrissy and I bring that passion and excitement to every aspect of Hey Dude Marine and we would love the opportunity to show you!

Meet Our Team

Austin Cooper


My name is Austin Cooper, I am an eastern NC native that grew up in New Bern. I now reside in Wilmington, NC along with my wife, Megan, and Australian Shepherd, Blue. Growing up my family spent as much time on the water as we could, so needless to say, I fell in love with boats at a very young age. You can find me and my family on the water any spare time we get! My career in the boat industry started by fixing up and selling personal boats. I began doing it well enough that friends and family began to take notice and desire my services! I am happy to be here now at Hey Dude Marine where I can be an asset to each and every customer that desires to have a smooth and efficient boat selling or buying experience.

Bob Harper


Bob was born in Durham, North Carolina, but moved to Franklin, Pennsylvania at an early age where he lived until retiring back to North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in marketing and spent the next 40 years in sales. After college he was employed by Pennzoil for a number of years before starting his own oil distributing company, Harper Oil in 1979. Bob eventually sold his company in 1983 and went to work for AAA West Penn where he negotiated contracts for AAA service providers in western Pennsylvania and south-western New York. He retired to Leland in 2011. For the past 8 years, Bob has tutored sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in mathematics at Leland Middle School, but simply could not resist the desire to get back in sales. Bob will be using his marketing skills for Hey Dude Marine in Wilmington and surrounding areas.

Kris Allison

Lead Technician

Kris was born and raised in Greensburg PA. From there he entered the US Marines and was stationed in North Carolina. In the Marine Corp he was trained in mechanical repairs of Hum Vees and numerous different vehicles and equipment. That occupation gave him the opportunity to hone his mechanical diagnosis and repair skills. Those skills are now being utilized at Hey Dude Marine as their lead technician.

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Hey Dude Marine, Inc. is always on the lookout for great additions to our team and we’d love to see if you’re a good match. Please contact us for open positions and to submit your resume.

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