Captain Paul Triporo
Captain Triporo was born in Hurst, Texas where he lived an active childhood enjoying baseball, football, ice hockey and boating on the nearby lakes. His true passion for the water began when he left the Lone Star State and moved with his family to Tampa, Florida where he indulged in the pristine waters of the gulf which would eventually inspire him to take up yachting as a career.
Following college, Triporo moved to the yachting capital of the world. Being in Fort Lauderdale provided him with the opportunity to begin his maritime career as an engineer onboard luxury vessels ranging in length from 70 to 350 feet. His continuous hard work in the industry led him to his current rank of Captain/Engineer with the goal of reaching his 500 Ton USCG License.
In his free time, Triporo enjoys watching Chicago Blackhawks professional hockey, volunteering and helping children with their educational needs, fishing with friends and the occasional Patron on the rocks.
His oath to protecting marine life and helping children all over the world can be seen directly through H2O Yacht Co. as he dedicates a percentage of sales to foundations that exist to do just that.
Captain Dave Zingis
Captain Zingis was born in Point Pleasant, NJ where he has lived most of his life. His love for boating began at a young age being around his family’s boats. As a teenager, Zingis got his start in the marine world working at Arnold’s Brielle Yacht Club in New Jersey as a dock hand and eventually worked his way up to manager.
In 2009, Zingis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University. While attending college, he maintained his maritime career managing several yachts for absent owners in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
Desiring a change of scenery and the ability to create something of his own, Zingis relocated to Palm Beach, Florida in 2010 where he started a successful “hands-on” yacht management company. The most rewarding aspect of being a yacht broker for him is the ability to get to know his clients on a personal level finding gratification in fitting them with the right boats for their wants and needs.
Captain Ramond Calderon
Born in San Juan Puerto Rico raised there and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood FL.
Capt. Raymond started his career in 1999, after serving in the United States Marine Corps and becoming familiarized with life at sea as part of a maritime special-purpose Force. He then joined the military sealift command as a Merchant Marine and serve two years. His love for Yachting began with helping a fellow Captain doing a sailboat Charters in the Virgin Islands. From there he worked with a crew agency and worked on various private vessels and corporate charters. With time he focused on yacht deliveries as Captain with Raya Marine Services. His experience on the commercial side began with a Seafarers Union worldwide with Maersk sealand and later with Edison Chouest Offshore,and currently working as a Mate for Seacor Holdings through the American Maritime Officers
Holding a USCG License as Captain, Captain Raymond worked on yachts, superyachts, crewboats, and currently on harbor/ocean tugs.
He holds a Bachelors and currently working on his masters with a joint FIU/California Maritime Academy program.
Captain Raymond hopes that with H2o he’ll be able to contribute in making a difference in becoming a new industry standard in Yacht Brokerage internationally to raise awareness through Collective participation of the industry and to continue its mission to help those less fortunate and to make a positive impact on the environment and help reverse the current damages of the world’s oceans.
Capt. Raymond is Married with 3 children, and is Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Chief Mate < 3000 ton Max Russo
Chief Mate Russo hails from Australia and developed a passion for the sea and boats from an early age. By the time he was 15, Russo had saved enough money from part-time jobs to purchase a 1970’s Caribbean speed boat. He restored the vessel himself to sell for a profit in order to obtain funding for further maritime training. Leaving the smaller yachts that he was accustomed to in Australia, Russo relocated to Southern France where he began his professional yachting career.
Russo has consistently proved himself throughout his travels around the world and made his way through the ranks to achieve that of Chief Mate. His passion for excellence is evident in everything he does and is a direct reflection of our vision at H2O Yacht Co.
Captain Brett Fitzgerald
Captain Fitzgerald was born in South Africa where he grew up developing a sincere love of the ocean. With a career that has roots in the South African Navy, he made the natural move to Fort Lauderdale to pursue a professional yachting career with the larger boats that are synonymous with the area.
Fitzgerald began his mega yacht career as a deckhand, working his way up to mate and eventually obtained his 100 Ton USCG License. His portfolio also includes studies in mechanical engineering and he currently holds an AEC license. His experience with Super Yachts has taken him through the New England, Bahamas and Caribbean seasons as well as the Atlantic crossing.
Fitzgerald brings a wealth of knowledge to the H2O Yacht Co. team and is an individual who constantly strives for success.
Captain Bobby Nobles
Captain Nobles grew up on the Gulf Coast and is a lifelong boater. Having learned to sail at an early age, his enthusiasm for the water only continued to grow leading him to race Grand Prix regattas around the world. Along the way, Nobles has utilized his maritime skills to deliver sailboats and motor yachts to and from the Caribbean and has also earned his 200 Ton USCG License.
Captain Taylor Bowker
Captain Bowker started his career in the yachting industry at a very young age. With a mixture of natural talents and enthusiasm, he has been able to climb through the ranks much faster than most and has possessed the title of Captain since he was 25 years old. Achieving this level so quickly has enabled him to expand and hone his mariner knowledge making him an expert of what it takes to build, move and sell a vessel.
Captain April Clemmons
April Clemmons was raised on the New England Coast by a salty sport fisherman who taught her the ins and outs of life on the water. Clemmons brings her invaluable and lifelong experience of boats and hospitality to the team at H2O Yacht Co. Her goal is to become a Captain and utilize her all around yachting experience to provide the ultimate services for clients and guests.
Captain Taylor Clemmons
Captain Clemmons was raised from river pilots and is a true southern gentlemen from North Carolina. With over a decade of experience on different vessels in all waters, he is readily available as a captain on board and knows your yachting needs.
Captain Igor Melnichuk
Captain Melnichuk was born in Kiev, Ukraine and relocated with his family to the United Stated when he was 9 years old. Settling in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn, New York, his family was next door to the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club which prompted his father to make many fishing trips aboard larger fishing boats. These expeditions were Melnichuk’s inspiration to one day become a captain. To facilitate his dream, he joined the United States Navy where he learned the basics of seamanship. After his dedicated service, Melnichuk decided to further his maritime career in the offshore energy industry where he studied and worked his way up through the ranks to become a Captain.
He is currently working at Edison Chouest Offshore operating Offshore Supply Vessels but his love for yachts has never faded. Becoming a part of our team at H2O Yacht Co. has allowed Igor to make a difference in the ship & yachting industry by providing his clients with his 13 years of unmatchable boating world expertise.
Igor currently lives in Palm Coast, Florida and speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish.
Captain Jim Harangody
Capt. Jim hails from Indiana near the southern shore of Lake Michigan and moved to South Florida at the age of 17 to attend the University of Miami. After obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture degree there, he enjoyed a successful career as a General Contractor and Construction Consultant in Florida and South Carolina.
Capt. Jim obtained his first USCG license in 1981 and was a free-lance captain focussing on yacht deliveries and Bahamian trips while operating his construction businesses. He is licensed for both sail and power boats. The vessels he has operated ranged in size from 65 to 110 feet. His deliveries have taken him around the great loop several times, up and down the U.S. East coast from Maine to Florida, through most of the western rivers from Mobile Bay up through 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, all coasts of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the Caribbean from St. Thomas through all of the Bahamas. Upon retiring from the construction industry in 2012, he accepted a position as a full-time captain on an 82 foot private motor yacht and still does deliveries and free-lance work as well.
Capt. Jim prides himself on being a highly technical and hands-on Captain. He possesses exceptional mechanical and trouble-shooting skills and becomes thoroughly familiar with all equipment and systems on any given vessel he commands. Being in the construction industry for most of his life has given him people, management and evaluation skills that are required for the selection and purchase of your next yacht.
Currently licensed as a 200 ton USCG Master, he is now preparing to upgrade his current license to 500 ton. Capt. Jim is also a licensed FAA Private Pilot, PADI certified Advanced Open Water Diver, and an FCC Licensed General Class Amateur Radio Operator. He also enjoys deep sea fishing, fly fishing and shooting sports.
Captain Joshua Kornblum
Joshua Kornblum grew up sailing the eastern shores of Lake Michigan with his father. As a film student at the University of Southern California, he worked part-time as a teaching assistant for the Deep-water Cruising course. Grading exams and sailing as First Mate aboard a 51’ gaff-rigged schooner, Joshua shared the joy of yachting with fellow students on weekend trips to Catalina Island.
In 2005 he commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and reported for his first tour of duty aboard a guided missile cruiser in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Navigating throughout the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea to include multiple Panama Canal transits, Joshua was hand selected to teach Navigation and Offshore Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy. After nearly seven years of active naval service, Joshua earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University and then set sail in the summer of 2012 to cross the Atlantic in a 40’ sloop.
Sailing now as a Chief Mate of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans, Joshua traded sails and rudders for diesel electric azimuth thrusters on a 312’ Platform Supply Vessel. Working with state of the art dynamic positioning systems in the Gulf of Mexico, Joshua enjoys rowing his Heritage 15’ on the Indian River Lagoon and surf casting for snook when he’s home in Melbourne Beach, Florida. He is a member of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and the Brevard Tropical Fruit Growers Club.
Captain James Cascella
Captain James Cascella a central Florida native, grew up boating on rivers with his family. With a lifetime love of fishing inshore and offshore naturally, led James to a career on the water he arrived ahead of the game within the yachting industry.
James joined the Navy as a aviation hydraulic and structural Engineer on multiple platforms including the infamous F-14 Tomcat. After a 5 rewarding years in service he was introduced to the yachting world where he became a meticulous Engineer and Captain. Over the past 5 years, James has become familiar with all yacht maintenance and maintains the highest integrity to yacht standards.
Captain Scott Rosaci
My name is Scott Lee Rosaci. I have been in the industry half my life now and for the past 8 years I have owned and operated a luxury management and detailing company. With H2O Yacht Co I look forward adding a helpful and trustworthy name to the brokerage side of the industry and gaining new clients and friends for a lifetime.
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