Previously named Big Zip
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Captain: Paul S. Knox
Paul was raised in the historic Ramapo Mountain region of New York State. Upon graduating high school Paul felt the need to serve his country. He joined the United States Coast Guard which launched his career on the sea. He would spend the next 9 years with the Coast Guard achieving numerous acolytes and awards for outstanding service and achievement. From there he worked on multiple boats around the United States in various lines of fascinating work. In 1986 Paul discovered yachting, due to his coast guard background, Paul has found yachting to be an exceptional fit. He has had a fulfilling career captaining many yachts ranging from 90' to 240’ and meeting his wife (a former yacht chef!). These days Paul has managed to find the balance between yachting and spending time with his family. Off duty you’ll likely find him taking his son, Pieter (age 7) on bike rides or attending school performances. When it’s time work however, you won’t find a more organized and professional captain on the water! The whole Aquasition team is thankful to have a qualified captain behind the helm and a leader who has their best interest at heart.
1st Officer: Andrew Lasek
Andrew will be your local guide in the Northeast this summer! He was born, raised, and sailed out of Newport, RI. Not only does he know the surrounding area by sea, but also by air! Andrew is very goal oriented and achieved his childhood goal of becoming a pilot by age 17. Upon completing high school Andrew chased his love for the ocean into yachting. He has over eight years in the industry and is currently completing his new goal by achieving his 500 ton USCG captains license. His overall career goal is to become a yacht captain and to meet the love of his life. Andrew is excited to share his hometown and surrounding areas with charter guests this summer. His local insight will set Acquisitions charter program ahead of the rest. He enjoys getting to know guests and adding personal touches to each trip.
Chief Stewardess: Megan Shawner
Megan grew up in Jensen Beach, a small beach community in South Florida. Her love affair with the ocean started at a young age because she was always out on the boat fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying water sports with her younger brother. She has a passion for helping others and pursued a degree in nursing until she was exposed to the Yachting Industry in 2012 when she moved to Fort Lauderdale. She is a bubbly, approachable yet professional Chief Stewardess. She enjoys being creative, making her guests laugh, creating a warm and fun environment on Motor Yacht Aquasition, and creating an unforgettable experience for each and every one of her guests that come onboard. Megan has travelled most of the beautiful Caribbean, all of the East Coast of the United States, all the way up north to Canada and throughout the Great Lakes. She has also traveled South East Asia where she obtained her 400hr Yoga Teacher Certification. Megan is passionate about her job and is so grateful to combine her love of traveling, the ocean, and caring for others. She is looking forward to welcoming you onboard with her big smile and positive attitude!
Chef: Melinda Meaney
Melinda is a trained chef with a passion for cooking. Her creative approach to food and presentation never fails to impress. At age ten she had her first dinner party where friends enjoyed a meal prepared with thought and care. Since then Melinda has found great satisfaction in cooking for people. Ten years ago she left her career at Microsoft Corporation to follow this passion. She moved to Vancouver and enrolled in culinary school. Food and travel go hand in hand so with the desire to seek new techniques Melinda has worked in several Michelin star restaurants in Northern California. She has also continued to pick up cooking classes in more remote destinations such as Koh Phanang and Montepulciano. We hope you join us on Acquisition for tantalizing culinary experience!
2nd Stewardess: Logan Roesle
Logan is from a small town east of Dallas, Texas. Growing up on lakes, she has always had a passion for being out on the water. She attended North Texas University where she got a Bachelors degree of Science. After university, Logan spent some time solo traveling then set out to begin her career in business in San Francisco, California. After working in the Bay for a year, Logan longed her for a life at sea. Logan has been in the yachting industry for 2 and a half years as a stewardess as well as a dive master. She looks forward to giving you a trip to remember!
3rd Stewardess: Marissa Mollman
Marissa hails from Oklahoma City. She grew up there in a large family. Marissa started working in the service and restaurant industry at an early age. She enjoyed the busy service times which always reminded her that hard work pays off at some point. She has wanted to work on yachts in the hope to try something different. Marissa enjoys serving people and being part of a team is something she values and brings her great joy. Marissa is new to yachting and brings new energy and her hard work ethic along to her new working environment adding her friendly smile and service skills to the charter team on board Aquasition.
Deckhand: Parker Hudman
Parker originates from the west Texas town of Abilene. He grew up on a family cattle farm far from the oceans. After graduating from high school and two years of community college the call of the sea struck him. Together with a friend they hung up their spurs and left the plains of West Texas bound for Ft. Lauderdale. Parker has been yachting for two years now and continues to grow and learn. He brings youthful energy to our team.
Engineer: Bill Tedcastle
Bill grew up in south Florida, at the age of 19 he joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he was enlisted for 5 years. He served on a buoy tender in the Chesapeake Bay and then a search and rescue station in Fort Lauderdale FL. Bill entered yachting in 2000, while sailing the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Pacific North West and other far off places he has worked his way up the ranks to Chief Engineer and with his can do attitude is dedicated to keeping Aquasition in top mechanical condition.