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: Michelle Graham
Michelle is a 3rd generation to South Florida native. She grew up fishing, diving, and enjoying all watersports. She originally attended the University of South Florida so she could sail on their varsity women’s team. After 3 years of sailing Michelle took a semester off to work for the Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County. They promptly offered her full time so she finished her business degree at Florida Atlantic University. Upon graduating, she joined the yachting industry. Her travels have taken her around the United States and over to the Mediterranean. She is especially excited to be working on Aquasition and be part of this dynamic team. Michelle most enjoys making guest happy and the perfection that is required in yachting. You will likely find her encouraging guest kids to try the water sports onboard and never without a smile.
Chef: Jeremy Kelly
Jeremy has many years in the food industry under knife! After high school he studied at the Joneson & Wales University in Miami, while working full time at the Sheraton Bal Harbors showcase kitchen. Jeremy wanted too add traveling to his repertoire and began working as a freelance chef. He has worked within private households, mega yachts and highly classified government ships all over the world. Jeremy became well sought after for his acknowledged highest degree of integrity and discretion and meticulous attention to detail. It became inevitable for Jeremy to step onboard permanently while he applies his love for traveling and exploring various cuisines. He enjoys growing personally as he expands his cuisine expertise into a wide variety of tantalizing specialties. Jeremy has worked aboard various size vessels the past eight years. Jeremy is a very personable, enthusiastic and flexible chef. He will present you with an exemplary dining experience while providing first-class service with a smile. Jeremy can undertake a broad range of tasks with excellent organizational skills, and with an always ‘can do’ attitude, he looks forward to preparing you something amazing while you relax onboard AQUASITION.
2nd Stewardess: Iryna Wear
Iryna was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine. She grew up always playing outside and swimming in the river. This combined with family influence lead Iryna to go to Seamen School in the Ukraine. Her positive personality and quick laugh allowed her to excel on cruise ships for four years before joining yachting. She joined her first yacht in 2008 in Costa Rica! She enjoys all aspects of yachting and has been fortunate to work for exceptionally nice yacht owners which helps her enjoy her job even more. During her travels she met her husband, Ryan Wear, Aquasition’s engineer. Together they lived in Fort Lauderdale before moving onboard Aquasition full time. She looks forward to having children and moving back to South Florida one day.
3rd Stewardess: Addy Schefter
Addy grew up on a farm in York, Pennsylvania. She has wanted to work on yachts ever since cruising the Abacos, Exumas & Virgin Islands while enjoying the turquoise blue water at a young age. Once Addy graduated high school, she attended Palm Beach Atlantic University for a marketing degree, but left in hopes to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Working in a country club setting has helped her discover her passion for hospitality. Combining her love for serving guests, positive attititude and hard work ethics while working close or on the water is almost a dream come true! Traveling and exploring the various aspects the yachting industry offers will be her goal to obtain! In her free time, Addy enjoys running, going to concerts, and spending time with family & friends.
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: Ryan Wear
A long time ago, far away on a farm in North East Missouri, Ryan Wear was born. He had an interesting childhood working on a pig farm and entertained himself by blowing things up for fun. After attending the University of Missouri for five years he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. His original plan was to teach, however after finishing school he visited his sister in Miami and learned about yachting. He worked in yachting on deck for a year before gravitating to engineering. Fixing things was a change from blowing things up that Ryan enjoyed. During his time on yachts he worked with a beautiful ukrainian girl named Iryna. After few months of dating, Iryna returned to Ukraine. Ryan promptly followed her and whisked Iryna off her feet. They have been happily married since. Ryan started on the previous Aquasition, a 124ft Broward. The owners appreciated the couple’s hard work and brought them along to the current Aquasition. It’s no wonder the owners have kept Ryan on so long, his satirical humor will always bring a smile to the most stern of personalities. It’s an excellent compliment to his engineering mindset and helps with keeping Aquasition running smoothly.