Team Name
Matt Martin


Joining the marine industry in 2001, Matt set himself one goal- to have a positive and recognized influence in the marine industry on an international level.

After successfully completing a four-year apprenticeship, Matt continued to work for another year with Gary Miller at Miller Marine, in Melbourne.

The following year Matt set off to the south of France to follow his dreams which was to work on large luxury yachts. The first yacht was a 27-metre Leopard Sport which he held the position as Chief Engineer/First Mate.

A year later Matt flew to Fano, Italy to join a new yacht, a 97ft custom line Ferretti. He joined two months from completion and helped the Captain commission all the systems and running gears onboard before the final handover took place.

After a successful contract onboard the Ferretti, Matt joined Motor Yacht Rising Sun, a spectacular 138-metre Lurssen. Signing on as the Tender Engineer, Matt had the opportunity to learn from some of the most highly experienced Chief Engineers in the industry. He then accepted a dual role which added Lead Deckhand to his responsibilities.

The Australian-born engineer gained a great deal of experience and knowledge through three re-fit periods on the Lurssen- twice in La Ciotat, France with composite works and once in Vegasack, Germany at the largest Lurssen factory.

After three-and-a half years onboard M/Y Rising Sun Matthew joined M/Y Komokwa in Vancouver, Canada. He spent a summer onboard as Chief Engineer cruising the beautiful waters of British Columbia to which he now calls home.  Matthew lead M/Y Komokwa through an extensive eight-month yard period at Delta Marine in Seattle working directly with the owner.

Since then he has helped the owner prepare for a four-year world cruise and will continue to represent the owner and yacht shore side from his base in Vancouver, Canada.

Team Name
Denise Ventura
Interiors Sales Specialist


Denise Ventura is an Interior Sales Specialist for BAYASSIST Marine Group and supports the company from Florida. She believes that building customer relationships is key to providing the ultimate personalized service to her clients.

Denise works directly with Captains, owners and crew members of mega yachts to determine their interior yachting needs while taking into account their personal preferences and budgets.

As an Interior Specialist, Denise is responsible for providing the client with fine linen, toiletries, galley appliances, chinaware, bar items and decor. She has worked with many vessels and her attention to detail goes above and beyond by assessing the client’s needs and personal style.

Team Name
Jill Babala
Yacht Agent


When Jill was young she helped out at her parent’s fishing store in the Yukon where she was born and raised. Her fondest memories include traveling to Alaska to fish for halibut and pull crab traps while on her Grandfather’s boat, “Kiska May”.

Since then she focused her attention to hospitality where she worked at a number of award-winning restaurants in Vancouver and provided five-star service working aboard motor yachts in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the Mediterranean.

Jill has four years experience in the yachting industry and is excited to be back in Vancouver as a member of BAYASSIST Marine Group.

Team Name
Peter Klaga
Yacht Maintenance


Originally from Slovakia, Peter studied Public Relations and International Business then worked as an event manager in the hotel industry in Western Germany and Luxembourg.

More than a year ago, Peter moved to Vancouver and joined BAYASSIST Marine Group.  You would never know he was new to the industry as he excelled with his work on yachts.  As a Maintenance Specialist he contributes to the smooth advancement of detail-oriented projects and consistently focusses on a high level of professionalism while maintaining excellent relations with our clients.