Bill’s knowledge of boats and the sea began at an early age. Growing up on Long Island Sound, his boating days began before he learned to walk. By age 14 he was working as a mate for some of the best captains of the time. His fishing career ultimately led him to Central and South America, Australia, Nova Scotia and many ports in between.
In 1986 the opportunity to become a partner in a Bertram dealership in South Texas sounded too good to pass up. Today, with 29 years of experience in the boat business behind him, Bill is able to provide his clients with the product knowledge and firsthand experience that have come to be his trademark.
The lack of high pressure selling and the ability to answer questions honestly and thoroughly have provided Bill’s clients with a comfort level that has kept them coming back to him for many years.
Specializing in large custom sportfisherman and motoryachts, Bill is always eager to help and guide his clients toward selecting the right boat. Be it new construction or brokerage, there is no substitute for firsthand knowledge and experience.
Bill’s latest endeavor is the founding of Michael Rybovich & Sons Yacht Sales, with Michael himself, at the new yard in Palm Beach Gardens.
After leaving the Navy in 1964, Mike went to work building boats. Also, through the years, he became a 100-ton licensed Captain, running boats through the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and up to California. He later left running boats to work for several boat builders and yacht brokerage firms.
In the 1970s Mike managed Bertram Yacht yard in Miami, for Dick Bertram, and later his family boat yard in Stuart, FL.
In 1980 Mike joined Rybovich & Sons Boat Works in West Palm Beach and remained there, working in many capacities including President, through 1991.
Mike has previously served as President of the Marine Industries Association in Martin County, Director of Marine Industries Association of South Florida and President of the Stuart Sailfish Club.
Mike’s job these days is running Gamefisherman Boats in Stuart, FL and now multitasking as a broker with Michael Rybovich & Sons Yacht Sales. Mike has actually owned two Rybovich boats himself. Mike says “It’s great to again be associated with the Rybovich Family!”
If you would like a knowledgeable broker to work for you, give Mike a call!
David was born in Miami and began fishing in the nearby offshore waters of the Gulfstream. His love for the water earned him his first job at age 16, at the famous Cigarette Racing Team, under the tutelage of Don Aronow. Later Dave worked for Donzi, Scorpion, and a few other builders, learning quality construction techniques.
Transitioning from construction to marine management in the mid 1980s, Dave also obtained his USCG Captain’s license. During the 80s and 90s, Dave operated and managed numerous sportfishing boats and motoryachts along the East Coast and Bahamas. He formed his own yacht management firm (Starboard Yacht Services) and prides himself in providing “hands on” service, before, during and after a sale!
Cory began working in the sport fishing industry at age 11 for his father, charter fishing out of Palm Beach and the Bahamas. Since then his career has taken him across the globe from Madeira and the Canary Islands to Hawaii and Australia and most places in between. During his time as a mate he was fortunate enough to work for some of the best Captains in the industry. The experience of fishing and operating boats in remote areas has given Cory a unique perspective on what to look for when helping to choose a boat for the most discriminating clients.
Cory is also a 100-Ton Master Licensed Captain, and has completed the MTU Certified training program. Cory is currently the Captain on the 60’ Spencer, LAI DAY.
Growing up in Islamorada, Florida, Ben was fortunate enough to experience some of the best fishing in the world. Being around boating since childhood, he had significant opportunities to grow and expand his career. Since 2004, he has been working professionally on some of the top sport fishing boats in the world and has traveled to some of the most exotic locations. He has been privileged to work with some of the best people in the business.
With a lifetime of experience and acquired knowledge Ben is most qualified to assist his clients in the purchase and sale of the finest sportfishermen available worldwide!
Bobby was born and raised in Hawaii and became a licensed Captain in 1967, at the age of 21. Bobby fished throughout the Hawaiian Islands, as well as Australia, Tahiti, the Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Central America, the Caribbean, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde Islands.
Bobby is still a licensed Captain, currently operating a 63’ Rybovich based in Costa Rica for the past two years. He also managed the construction on the 2018 73’ Michael Rybovich. With his infinite amount of insight and knowledge of sport fishing boats, Bobby is well qualified to assist you with your next purchase or sale!
Blake was born in Honolulu, HI and raised in Jupiter, FL. From the age of five, Blake grew up fishing the waters of South Florida and working on motor yachts and sportfishing boats of all sizes.
Following numerous marine-related jobs throughout Florida and Louisiana, Blake earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Tulane University. After a brief stint working for a large mixed-use developer, Blake returned to South Florida in 2016 to take over the purchasing responsibilities for both new construction and service projects at Michael Rybovich and Sons Custom Boat Works.
As a member of the Rybovich family and with intimate knowledge of all aspects of parts and service for all builders of custom sportfishing boats, Blake is uniquely knowledgeable regarding the construction and maintenance of all vintages of sportfishing boats.
Blake is a proud supporter of The Billfish Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and The West Palm Beach Fishing Club.
Purchasing a boat is not an ordinary occurrence, and Brett Harte is anything but ordinary. In fact, for anyone searching to buy or sell a boat, Brett is essential.
Raised in southern Florida, understanding every aspect of boating was not a question for young Brett. He credits his early knowledge and passion for the marine industry to his father. While his father focused on the fish, he relied on Brett to operate the boat. He came to understand a boat’s mechanics and interaction with the water like few others could.
In high school, Brett traveled nationwide with Yamaha P.W.C. Race Team as their technician. Following his experience with Yamaha, he worked for the research and development department at Polaris. His experience with Yamaha and Polaris deepened his understanding of the marine industry and improved his engineering knowledge.
At the very early age of twenty-three, Brett obtained his USCG Masters Captain’s License and pursued the professional career of a boat captain. For the next twenty years, Brett’s knowledge of the boating industry grew extensively. Traveling throughout North America and Central America gave him the firsthand experience necessary to fully understand boating essentials. In his role as Captain, Brett coordinated numerous trips to Mexico, the Caribbean, the British Isles, up the New England Coast, around Nova Scotia, north to Newfoundland, and total exploration of the Great Lakes.
Brett’s technical skills and his ability to locate available boats for interested buyers are pivotal. Brett excels in the ability to survey a boat and understand the pros and cons of each part of the vessel. In addition, if clients are interested in new boat construction, Brett has experience in that field as well and can lend valuable assistance.
With his love of the boating world, you can count on Brett for his openness and honesty. He is personable but professional. Above all, he has the knowledge and experience that are crucial for every client to have when considering a boat purchase or sale.
Growing up in Islamorada, Topher has spent his whole life on and under the water. Being the son of a world-class fishing guide, he has been on boats since before he could walk. Starting his career off on charter boats at the age of ten, he has worked his way up to captain of a privately owned 61’ Garlington.
After graduating from Florida State University, with a degree in Business and Marketing, he chose to make sport fishing a full-time career. Traveling extensively throughout the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific Ocean, Topher has been trained by some of the best captains in the industry.
When it comes to making decisions about boats, there’s no better guide than one with knowledge, experience, and a lifetime on the water to help with your choices.
Estelle’s first boating experience was crossing the Atlantic from England to America aboard the original Queen Elizabeth in 1962. Born in England and raised on Long Island (New York), she relocated to South Florida in 1979.
Estelle worked previously in commercial property management, but decided to cross over to the yacht brokerage business in 1997, and began her career as a broker’s assistant for a large yacht brokerage company in Palm Beach Gardens. After several years she was promoted to Office Manager, a position she held until February of 2006 when an opportunity for growth presented itself at The Marine Group and she decided to take advantage of it.
In June 2014, Estelle joined Michael Rybovich & Sons Yacht Sales and is excited about being involved in the startup of this new venture and loves the history of the Rybovich boat building legacy. The part of this business Estelle enjoys the most is the interaction with the clients and she believes that whether you are buying or selling a boat it should be a good experience for all and she strives to make it as smooth as possible!