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Steve Forest encompasses a broad range of knowledge and skills when it comes to yachts. He has extensive experience of overseeing the re-fits of yachts of various sizes and styles, in the US, Europe and the Far East in yards such as Derecktor Gunnel, Pota Sole San Remo, Kha Shing Rybovich Spencer, Azimuth, ARB Miami and more.

Steve, who grew up in Wisconsin, is a trained Aviation Mechanic. He began his career in the United States Navy, servicing jet craft. In addition to engines, he repaired everything from electronics to air conditioning and hydraulics. He also gained experience in sheet metal fabrication. His tour of duty included three Mediterranean tours on aircraft carriers.

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After Steve's years in the Navy, he embarked on a career in yachting. Over the years he has worked on all types of both motor and sailing yachts in sizes ranging from 65ft (19 meters) to 192ft (59 meters). Please see list at the bottom of this page of yachts and areas cruised. He began this career as a deckhand, gradually working his way up to Captain, but also held positions as Engineer and First Mate. Over the years he has overseen every type of refit, as well as several builds, in various parts of the world; Italy, USA, Spain and Taiwan,. He was a team member, employed by the owner to oversee the construction and development of three 80 foot boats. His responsibilities have covered planning, budgeting, selecting shipyards, negotiations, supervising craftsmen and freelance workers, liaising with shipyards and ensuring the best possible result for the owner.

Steve has in depth knowledge of all types of onboard systems and has hands on experience of working with electrics, electronics, hydraulics, refrigeration, plumbing and air conditioning.

An outstanding boat handler and navigator, Steve also developed the team player and leadership skills needed to run a well-managed yacht. He is extremely detail oriented and highly organized, and has kept all the yachts he has been employed on, in pristine condition. In his yachting career, Steve has cruised onboard both charter and private yachts along the US East Coast and in many US inland waters, throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, and the Mediterranean.

In 2003 Steve's employment situated him in Taiwan overseeing the build of a large motoryacht. He seized the opportunity to become familiar with the islands, as well as with China, and took a great liking to the area. He noticed the difficulties in communicating with the shipyard, and decided to learn to speak Chinese and to understand the culture, in order to be able to do a better job for his employer. Through this he gained respect and a tremendous advantage, and he was able to achieve much better results than other build captains in the area.

Word got around the international yachting community both in the US and Europe about Steve's presence and abilities. He was contacted by people involved in yacht construction in the Far East who needed his assistance - and Pan Asian Yacht Services was born. Today Steve is helping a number of owners, brokers and captains with a wide variety of issues that relate to the building or refitting of yachts. His assignments range from minor jobs such as simply photographing a project in progress and sending photos to his customers, to overseeing complete new construction projects from the initial phase of choosing the right shipyard to the final completion and sea trials.

List of yachts and areas cruised:

  • M/Y Princess Tina, 145 Amels, Europe Caribbean
  • M/Y William One, 105 Dynastar, Europe including Greek islands and Turkey
  • M/Y Challenger, 130 Abeking, dock re fit Miami
  • M/Y The Other Woman, 200 Australian ship summer chartering in the Greek Islands, Turkey
  • M/Y Octopussy, 145 Hessen, summers in the Mediterranean, winters in South Florida, including to extended visit to Rybovich Spencer Shipyard
  • M/Y Miss Michell, 120 Cresent, Bahamas and New England
  • S/Y Astral, 125 Palmer Johnson, the Great Lakes
  • M/Y Enterprise 55 Pershing
  • 80 Cary
  • Azmuth Allure , Freedom, Fastbreak
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