Captain Michael Zornes has over 35 years certified in the yachting world.
Over the course of his career, he has captained over 100 different boats ranging in size from 35 to 85 feet. Successfully delivering boats to owners and chartering companies all over the east and west coasts, Cuba, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
After years as a professional captain in both the sailing and powerboat communities, he began the natural progression as a Yacht Broker. Captain Z, as he is known, has brought all of his 35+ years of experience to bear helping buyers & sellers to reach their Yachting goals. His mission, as a Licensed & Bonded Broker is to provide a FULL SERVICE YACHT BROKERAGE EXPERIENCE, one boat at a time. His lifelong boating pursuits go a long way to making both the novice, as well as the experienced yachtsmen feel confident in their decisions and prospects, thereby creating an environment where his clients are more comfortable with their vessels.
Captain Michael Zornes was born on a beef farm in Independence, Kentucky. His youth spent ranching both honed his confidence and molded his character. The result was the classic American Farmer work-ethic. His attention to detail, devotion to acting responsibly and the habit of aspiring for excellence are his trademark attributes. At the young age of seventeen, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge from the service, he became a professional DJ. However, it wasn’t long before his boyhood dream of sailing beckoned and he left the DJ gig, moving to Florida and becoming a full time sailor.
Over the course of his career, Captain Z would captain many private vessels, become the Director of various sailing centers in and around Tampa Bay, and operate numerous charter fleets, all the while instructing fellow sailors through the ASA sailing school curriculum. He would become the “go-to” person for both charter companies and private boat owners on all things operational and otherwise. His knowledge extended far beyond operating boats and into the numerous and diverse boating systems, including chart plotters, electronics equipment as well as gasoline and diesel engines.
After years of instructing boaters, both on and off the water, his competence, capability and reputation have resulted in a proven track record as an expert Yachtsman. Given the chance to work with Captain Z you will experience the benefit of a no-nonsense Captain and Broker. Sharing his knowledge and expertise brings him great joy and comfort, knowing he gets to give back to the community which gave him so much. Let him welcome you with his firm hand shake and “hello” and you will instantly recognize his competence and confidence. To make an appointment please contact JFA Yacht and Ship so they can locate him and connect you to one of the industries most competent Brokers.