WINSTON KNAUSS, designer, builder, owner and captain of the most unique charter yachts in the world was a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur in Indianapolis, Indiana. He founded and owned Winston Development Corp., AAA Wrecking Co. - a demolition contracting business, owned and operated the Winston Yacht and Country Club, and a number of hotels, and was also a land developer.
As a child, in Indiana, Winston dreamed of building boats.
In his back yard as a child, he resurected many boats and later as an adult, he built boats that would eventually become world known. Winston built his first boat in his back yard along the White River in Indianapolis, Indiana in the 1970’s out of salvage from his demolition and building companies.
In 1977, in Florida, a yacht broker asked him if he would be interested in chartering his 62-foot luxury craft, Winston agreed, and he has been in the yacht chartering business ever since.
In the beginning, his charters did not include any catered food aboard the yacht, but that all changed one day when show business luminary Liza Minelli chartered his yacht and insisted on serving stone crabs, shrimp, oysters and a seafood buffet.
Winston is an inventor and applied for his 1st patent at the age of 22. In his demolition business, he spent many years destroying buildings, manufacturing plants, smoke stacks, water towers, and bridges, so it is especially satisfying to be able to create something as lovely as these yachts and be able to stand back and just admire the beauty they bring to this world.
"It gives me great pleasure to bring such joy and happiness to the people who have the time of their lives aboard my yachts."
Captain Winston and his wife Captain Diane have enjoyed the planning that goes into building these well thought out charter boats. They both are U.S.C.G. licensed captains and have played a dominant part in every charter onboard the SIR WINSTON to insure a perfect event every time.
Captain Winston and Captain Diane are now residing in Indianapolis, IN and are promoting the previous Sir Winston boats while their 570 passenger vessel, The Grand Floridian is being operated by Lauren Talchik the owner of Charter One Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Winston has finished building the newest SIR WINSTON to accommodate 410 passengers with his design and the expertise of Andy Lebet of DeJong & Lebet Naval Architects in Jacksonville, FL and the superior workmanship of the skilled workers who built the previous boats at Keith Marine and now at J & M Metalworks in Green Cove Springs, FL. This extraordinary vessel is now the pride of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach, CA and owned by Dan Salas.