Rick Tasis joins Bluewater as yacht salesman and charter broker specialist. He has been operating private and charter yachts up to 145 feet in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean, and through the St. Lawrence Seaway into the Great Lakes, for the past 25 years. He was raised near the ocean in Melbourne, Florida, where his father was an aeronautical engineer at Kennedy Space Center for over 35 years.
Between the love of the ocean and the desire to become an engineer himself he concentrated on playing with machinery or surfing. His first love was automobiles. He spent over two decades in the automotive industry as a district manager for two major Japanese car manufacturers, Toyota then Honda Motor Company. All the while he pursued his hobbies of boating, fishing and diving.
Rick bought his first 23 foot boat and made many trips to the Bahamas when he was in his early years. This is where he learned to fish and scuba dive. He went on to purchase a sportfishing boat and achieved a divemaster status and began doing underwater photography in many parts of the world. He boasts that he has been in the Blue Hole in Belize and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Prior to his career in the automotive world he studied Water Biology and environmental Science. Once he gained his degree he went to work in Puerto Rico for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA). He was on duty the night that his research vessel measured the depth of the Puerto Rican Trench, 5003 fathoms. Rick has remained active with his love for the ocean and his classic car enthusiasm. He owns a fully restored 1971 Chevrolet El Camino, his favorite car to drive on Sundays.
Once he returned back to the States, Rick formed his own company in 1987, where he did a variety of marine related activities. He has done several complete refits on both fiberglass and aluminum hulls. This is where he began to evolve into his engineering interests. He spent time with several manufacturers assisting with design and engineering ventures. He has traveled to many factories to study firsthand the techniques and build process. This is what brings him to us. His passion is to continue in the yacht sales and new build sector of the industry.