Gino Morrelli, Designer / Partner
Gino started out working on racing cars and boats in his family's Southern California back yard as a teenager. He built his first boat with his dad and brother, a 33-foot Crowther trimaran in high school. Soon after he started his first company, Climax Catamarans, designing and building 18-square meter cats. He has been entrenched in onshore and offshore race-boat construction efforts since the early 80's, designing and managing the construction of a French 60' ocean racing catamaran, multiple Formula 40's, the 1988 Stars & Stripes America's Cup catamaran, Bol D'or racers, Little America's Cup C-Class cats and many racing beach catamarans. Gino raced extensively on Stars and Stripes '88 with Dennis Connor and Steve Fossett's Morrell & Melvin designed PlayStation, setting Atlantic W-E, 24 hour, Round Britian/Ireland records, and many more.
Mobile: US (+1) 949-394-7516
Pete Melvin, Designer / Engineer / Partner
Pete Melvin has been creating innovative vehicles since his youth. Not discouraged when the boat he built as a 6-year old did not float, he rebounded and built a fast motorized skateboard by the time he was 10. Pete and his father designed and built several Optimist dinghies and then formed a company to build them. They used Nomex honeycomb and carbon fiber long before these materials gained acceptance in the marine industry. Pete has always designed, built, rigged, and prepared his own race boats, creating many innovations along the way and gaining valuable hands-on experience. He recently designed and built an innovative electric motorcycle that goes 50 miles on a single charge at up to 60 mph. His motorcycle is a test bed for lithium battery and electric propulsion systems that are increasingly finding their way onto M&M's commercial, military, and pleasure boat designs.
Bobby Kleinschmit - Naval Architect
Naval Architect Bobby Kleinschmit had to get special permission from his school's superintendent to build a plywood skiff as his 8th grade woodshop project, while everyone else built bookshelves. At Webb Institute he built another plywood boat overnight and named it One Night Stand. During her short time on campus, One Night Stand made waves in the tow tank and was set on fire as Bobby K's pre-graduation night farewell to his alma mater.
Nat Shaver - Design Engineer
Design Engineer Nat Shaver grew up sailing on his grandparent's boats and racing sailboats on Buzzard's Bay. He was preoccupied with building plywood contraptions and things throughout his junior sailing career. His first job was in a boatyard, where he learned the basics of hull design by scraping barnacles and prepping boat bottoms before he painted them. Nat and Bobby Kleinschmit have recently designed and built a pair of hydrofoiling Moth class racing sailboats. The Moth class is at the leading edge of yacht design and is the first class of sailboat to have fleet racing using fully foil-borne boats. Bobby and Nat built these boats at the Morrelli & Melvin R&D shop located in Huntington Beach, close to our design office. They have gained extremely valuable experience by designing, building, sailing, and refining their own creations. It just doesn't get any better than that!
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California in Irvine, and interning at Morrelli & Melvin during his senior year, Nat joined up full time. He has worked on autonomous underwater vehicles for scientific research. Nat is particularly interested in the design of appendages and composite structures and performance optimization. He enjoys sailing a variety of boats competitively, including International 14's, Formula 18 catamarans, and Farr 40's.
BS - Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine
Erik Berzins grew up in a small town outside of Toronto, Canada. He was taught by his father to sail and race Albacores and Lasers on his native Lake Ontario. He quickly grew fond of sailing and pursued regattas around Canada. Moving to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia and study Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Erik began racing 29ers as well as larger keelboats in various buoy and offshore races.