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Jeanneau Dealer of the Year 2017

Bob Deresz  |  Yacht Broker

Bob's love for the adventure of sailing began on Lake Saint Clair as a member of the Detroit Yacht Club. His accomplishments in the Junior Sailing Program lead to representing the Midwest in the prestigious Sears Cup at the age of 15.

Bob majored in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan . He held the position of head Counselor and Instructor managing the Sailing and Boating Program and staff at Camp Michigania , the University of Michigan 's Alumni Family Camp facility.

Bob's adventurous dreams of sailing brought him to Coconut Grove , Florida and a position as a rigger for the largest Yacht Brokerage/Marina Boat Yard in Miami . He joined the Miami Yacht Club and managed the Adult Sailing Program as head administrator, lecturer and one of his instructors.

Bob was offered the Captain's position on "Phantom" a 50' C&C racing sloop. After a number of the extended SORC series, Jamaica races and numerous regattas Bob was sent to Canada to oversee the construction and commissioning of the new "Phantom" a 66'C&C. She had the largest head sails in the world at the time, Barriant having been commissioned to design and manufacture coffee grinders large enough to handle them.

In 1973 Bob sailed with Ron Holland on Ron's innovated design, "EYGTHENE" to win the IOR Quarter Ton championship in Tampa Bay .

In 1974 Bob was licensed by the State of Florida as a Yacht and Ship Salesman with Miami 's most prestigious firm. Bob prospered into the 1980's assisting many sailors purchasing their yachts, accomplishing their dreams and adventures.

Bob had owned and cruised on his 32' Gaff rigged Bahaman Cutter, "Delphis", designed and built by Archer and Albury in Nassau , Bahamas and in 1976 purchased his 42' Creekmore yawl, "Yonder". Bob is refurbishing "Yonder", celebrating a 38 year love affair with her.

Today, Bob is a Licensed Florida Yacht and Ship Salesman holding a United States Coast Guard 100 ton Master's License with a Sailing Endorsement assisting his clients in all aspects of their yachting needs.

Palm Beach
St. Petersburg
Key West