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

Gino Morrelli, Designer / Partner

ino 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.
Today Gino manages the Product Development 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.

Contact Gino Morrelli at
Gino@MorrelliMelvin.com 
Mobile: US (+1) 949-394-7516

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

Bobby Kleinschmit  - Naval Architect

obby Kleinschmidt 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.

Bobby's interests include velocity prediction programs, performance optimization, propellers and composite structures. He previously interned at Pedrick Yacht Designs, Antrim Associates, Tiara Yachts, and has worked aboard a petroleum product tanker and a classic charter motoryacht. An active member of the Webb Sailing Team, Bobby raced on larger boats on the Great Lakes and Long Island Sound. Since moving to Southern California, he has been actively racing Formula 18 catamarans, Reynolds 33's, and offshore monohulls.  He and Nat have completed the building of their own foiler Moths.  In his spare time, Bobby is learning Chinese so that he can spend more time working with our growing list of clients in China.

BS - Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Webb Institute

Nat Shaver - Design Engineer

at Shaver 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

hoto 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.

After working in a shipyard, a tugboat design company and a cruise ship design company in Vancouver, Erik needed to pursue his passion for sailing and moved to Long  Beach, California to collaborate with Alan Andrews Yacht Design.  After five years of designing and racing performance monohulls with Alan, Erik was given the opportunity to move down the coast in early 2011 to work with Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering on their exciting new projects.
 
When not in the office, Erik is seen running the bow a few large local keelboats, match racing and racking up some offshore miles racing a few trips to Hawaii, Tahiti, and Cabo san Lucas among others.  He is keen to get some more miles on high-performance catamarans, and Morrelli & Melvin is the perfect working environment to make that dream come true!