Captain: Peter Pritchett
Peter was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. His father was a career military officer so he grew up traveling all over the world. By the time he graduated high school in Stuttgart, Germany he had travelled all over Europe, lived in Japan, and seen most of the United States. Traveling was in his blood. Peter started working around boats during his summer vacations and again after high school while in college, first getting a license on the Great Lakes and then moving on to an Ocean license Captaining yachts for over 40 years.
His interests include music, old cars and motorcycles. He restored a 1949 Indian Chief motorcycle when he was younger and a 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster. He plays guitar and enjoy listening to old Blues, early Rock, and Jazz musicians. When he was in High School he had all of Ray Charles’ albums.
Peter is married and lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
Peter loves his profession as a Yacht Captain. In the mid 1970’s he ran a 90’ Burger charter motor yacht for the owners of the Radis- son Hotels. They cruised throughout the Exumas, Abacos, Eleutheras, and some of out islands taking the charter guests or owners into some of the choicest locations with a shallow draft of 5 ½ feet. One of the great things about the motor yacht SHE’S A 10 is the vessel’s draft. It is less than 6 feet and capable of getting into and around the Bahamas not only quickly with it’s high speed but also through the cuts and anchorages used by much smaller vessels. Interestingly, Peter was captain aboard this vessel with the previous owner when it was named MYSTIQUE from 1993 until 2007. During those years they cruised the Bahamas and Caribbean extensively.
Just last year he was invited back to Captain the vessel with the new owner and he is excited to share his experience and love for the yacht with any potential charter guests to ensure them a great time aboard.
First Mate: STEVEN GAWITH
Raised on the Wirral coastline, North west England, Steven was never too far away from the ocean. His passion for open water came in 2009 when he obtained his coaching qualifications in kayaking and canoeing in north wales. When Steven isn’t onboard the vessel, you will be able to find him on a golf course, he is looking to turn professional and takes part in various amateur tournaments around south Florida, the highlight in 2017 was winning the West Palm beach open and finishing top 20 in the county amateur championship.
Chef: Michael B. Smith
Michael was born and raised in Michigan where he developed a love for sailing and fishing. Developing a love for cuisine and cooking came as a natural extension of the environment Michael was raised in.
He completed a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University. Upon graduation Michael was recruited by the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands where he worked for several years and moved from there onto a yacht and started his career as a yacht chef.
In over twenty years as a yacht chef Michael has traveled throughout much of the world cooking for clients on yachts ranging from 25 to over 50 meters in length. Michael was based in the Caribbean for over three years on yachts traveling throughout the Caribbean from Venezuela to the Bahamas. This was followed by a two-year stint in the Mediterranean to include the coastal regions of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. He then spent several years on yachts cruising between the North Eastern United Sates, Mexico, Central America and the west coast of the United States.
Most recently, Michael worked on a yacht for eight years including over two years in the South Pacific to include Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand. Prior to leaving this position Michael oversaw the culinary department for a 50-meter yacht and the yachts 60-meter shadow boat with a combined fleet crew of 18 crew members and the capacity to house the owner and 16 guests.
Chief Stewardess: Emma Hartley
Emma grew up in Torquay, a seaside town in Devon. She spent her summers on her dad’s speedboat, where she learned a multitude of water sports and spent quality time with her family and friends. Each winter Emma returned to the French Alps to continue her passion of skiing.
Before joining Harle, Emma had recently finished adventuring around Malaysia and Singapore. She had the time of her life; her highlights include scuba diving in the Gili Islands and having the opportunity to meditate in the Buddha temples. At the young age of twenty, three there is no stopping her travel bug now!
Emma brings fresh energy and enthusiasm to the Harle team, always smiling and telling funny stories reflecting her travels. You won’t have to search for Emma onboard, as she has taken quite a interest in Mixology. She will be behind the bar creating a signature cocktail for your holiday!
Second Stewardess: Hannah Littlechild
Hannah was born and raised in Devon, Hannah graduated college with a marketing degree in 2015. Wanting to travel and see the world, she thought it was a good idea to travel on a superyacht. Hannah spent some time in Asia and the Mediterranean and then the Caribbean. Hannah is a big fan of the arts, in her spare time she enjoys going to concerts and the theater. Her favorite play is the lion king.
Bosun: Jonathan Vickers
Jonathan has been in yachting 5 years and worked all over the world. In the early stages of his yachting career, Jonathan worked in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean on charter boats, since then he has moved to a Floridian based yacht so that he can study and obtain his captains license. Jonathan was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, his nature side comes out in his spare time as he enjoys swimming with the sharks and walking with lions in the bush.
Deckhand: Nico Mommen
Nico’s passion for the water came from a young age, being raised on the coastline in Durban, South Africa. Nico represented south Africa in 2008 in a surfing competition, where he finished with a silver medal. Nico is studying for his captains license and just has 1 more module to go. In his spare time, Nico loves jet skiing and travelling, his favorite weekend destination is New Orleans as he is a big jazz fan.
Chief Engineer: Eugene Maderal
Eugene is originally from Cuba and managed to arrive to America over 15 years ago on windsurfer and obtained his citizenship soon after. He worked for FDDA (Florida Detroit Diesel Allison) as a diesel mechanic for year and knows the MTU engines inside and out.
He spent the last 10 years working on large motor yachts. He was with the previous owner of this yacht for two years and has been aboard now with the present owner for another two years.
Second Engineer/Deck: Dewald Werner
Dewald at heart is a land boy, he was raised on a farm in Cape town, South Africa. Wanting to travel and explore the world, he stumbled upon a superyacht in the south of France and immediately wanted to try being at sea, 8 years later and here he is. Always fixing tractors and farm equipment at home, he had a engineering background and has followed that passion onto the open water. Dewald is looking at completing his chief engineers licensed this fall.