Morrelli & Melvin | Multihull Design - Engineering - Brokerage Morrelli & Melvin Yacht Brokerage - Specializing in Sail & Power Multihull

Gino Morrelli, Designer / Partner

Gino Morrelli , Designer Partner Gino started out working on race 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 Morrelli & Melvin designed 125ft cat PlayStation, setting Atlantic W-E, 24 hour, Round Britain/Ireland records, and many more.

Today Gino manages the Product Development and Yacht Sales side of our business where he helps bridge the gap between design and engineering and our production clients or custom builders. His many years of experience in racing, design, as well as on the shop floor help us design boats that are beautiful, perform well, and are practical and economical to construct.

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Pete Melvin, Designer / Engineer / Partner 

ete Melvin , Designer Engineer PartnerPete 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. 

Pete Melvin manages our design office and participates in all levels of the design process. He is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Pete designed aircraft at McDonnell Douglas for five years before forming Morrelli & Melvin in 1992. Pete has been a champion sailboat racer since his youth and has won over 25 National Championships in a wide variety of dinghies, keelboats, and multihulls of all sizes. He has won three World Championships, including the 1997 and 2005 A Class Catamaran World Championships. He was the US Tornado skipper at the Olympics in 1988. Pete set some speed records as a crew aboard the Morrelli & Melvin designedPlayStation.  He has been a crew member on five WSSRC sanctioned World Records.  Small or large, catamaran or trimaran, Pete is at home making them perform to their VPP's.

BS- Aerospace Engineering, Boston University

Erik Berzins | Yacht Designer 

hoto Canadian import Erik Berzins has been living, sailing and designing sailboats in California since 2005. After completing a degree in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Erik knew a lot about tug boats and cruise ships, but was much more interested in pursuing his passion for sailing. Erik teamed up with local Long Beach yacht designer, Alan Andrews to design and race performance monohulls. Jumping on opportunities to race to Hawaii, Tahiti and Cabo, Erik is now a go-to bowman in the California sailing scene.

In 2010, Erik decided to chop off the lead and take the leap to high performance multihull design at Morrelli and Melvin. Erik is in charge of project management, structural design, velocity prediction, sailing ergonomics and company morale. When not at work, Erik continues to enjoy match racing, offshore sailing, racquetball and enjoying fish burritos.

Trip Ivey | Designer 

hoto This Virginian spent many formative summers upon the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries developing a deep passion for yachting. Having moved to Southern California with his wife after an expansive undergraduate study, he is happy to be living the “Golden” lifestyle amidst the Sierras and the Pacific.

Operating within the void between artist & engineer, Trip contributes to the MM team via design visualizations, engineering drawings, general arrangements, styling exercises, 3D computer modeling, and concept development.
Every experience with the products of the office reminds Trip of the entrancing physical beauty of water-going vessels and the balance they maintain with the eternally powerful natural forces. As an avid creator of various mediums, Trip greatly appreciates yacht design as a means to explore the formal and physical potential of the most technologically advanced materials and processes. Equally as inspiring, is the process of designing objects of unsurpassed intrinsic personal value at a scale that both encompasses and fits within the user’s hand. It is Trip’s honor to be working with the world’s best in the industry at Morrelli & Melvin.

B.S. Industrial Design @ Virginia Tech | Eagle Scout | Open Water S.C.U.B.A. Certified | USCG 6-pak Captain | Carnitas Burrito Connoisseur

Mark Peters | Naval Architect 

hoto Mark was born in New Jersey, but grew up hanging around the boats/docks in Kinsale, Ireland. After high school he attend a 2 year apprenticeship in traditional boat building in Rockland, Maine. This lead to job building the Schooner Virginia in Norfollk, Virginia. From there he ventured south taking a job in the Caribbean building and refurbishing yacht interiors. During his time in Caribbean he picked up a love of racing, which later turned into a job as a delivery boat skipper/race crew for a number of Caribbean racing teams. After 2 years of racing, Mark returned to university to complete a degree in Naval Architecture from the Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Upon completion, he returned to boat building to help build Puma’s “Mar Mostro” at NEB for the Volvo Ocean Race. After the launch, he moved to Seattle and took a job as a Naval Architect designing carbon fiber patrol boats. When the opening arose to join the MM team, Mark jumped at the opportunity.

Mark splits his time between the California office and working abroad on various projects around the world. When he is in California, he tries to spend most of his time racing around SoCal or relaxing in Catalina.

Ferdinand van West | Naval Architect 

hoto As yacht designer and top multihull sailor, Morrelli & Melvin feels like home for the Dutchman Ferdinand. In 2012 he completed his Master of Science in Maritime Engineering, Yacht and small craft at the University of Southampton. Now he is combining his professional and sportive passions in life. Before Ferdinand got to California he worked for long-time MM client Nacra where he was working on the development of Nacra’s latest designs, namely the Olympic Nacra 17 and the Full foiling Nacra F20c FCS, where he also broaden his boat-building skills by building several prototypes.

Ferdinand is also active as a professional sailor, having sailed multiple disciplines from dinghies, 29er and the Olympic 49er, to catamarans, F18 and extreme 40 to the big boats on offshore's and the Super Maxis, winning various National and World Championship events in all of these classes.

Andrew Bloxom | Design Engineer 

hoto Andrew was born in Fairfax, VA and his father was a Navy Captain and his mother's family built ships in Pascagoula, MS. He learned the joys of gliding across the water’s surface through living in Newport, RI, Mayport, FL, and trips to his grandparent's homes on the Rappahannock River and the Gulf Coast. Having only sailed three times before college, he set out to learn sailing through the Sailing Club at Virginia Tech deep in the heart of Southwest Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains on Claytor Lake. Not long after, his family was sailing regularly on the Chesapeake Bay.

During Spring Break ’07 while his friends were getting sunburned, Andrew attended the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium and became fascinated by the numerical simulation of the aero/hydrodynamics of sailboats. After returning to school and discovering the Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes equations wouldn’t be covered in the curriculum, he initiated an undergraduate study with Professor Wayne Neu. Six years later he completed his PhD focused onthe fluid-structure interaction of surface effect ship seals. He also served as the Graduate Advisorto the Sailing Club and aided in the design/construction of a Green Boating Center at Claytor Lake State Park for sailing dinghy storage and youth sailing courses.

He feels very fortunate to be applying his skills in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis to multihull and composite design at M&M. His other interests include learninggeology from his wife Lyndsey, astrophotography, birding, kite flying, and fishing.