Ron Micjan and Ashley Paterson are the owners and operators of Zephyr.
Captain Ron is a licensed USCG Master 200 Ton Oceans with endorsements of RADAR Unlimited, STCW Safety Training, Advanced Firefighting and Proficiency in Survival Craft. Ron has a lifetime of on water experience, from the early days of rowing around a 12-foot dingy back in the early 70's around Grosse Isle Michigan all the way to operating a commercial assistance towing vessel over the Columbia River Bar, the area known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." Ron runs the mechanical and piloting side of the Zephyr experience.
Ashley holds a USCG Masters 200 Ton Near Coastal, RADAR Unlimited and STCW Safety Training and Proficiency in Survival Craft. She is an artist by training, with a spectacular eye for detail and a BFA degree from University of Victoria, and she is a certified SCUBA instructor. In addition to helping pilot and deckhand, Ashley keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes, provisions and cooks delicious meals, cleans and ensures all of our guests have what they need.
Zephyr's crew bring a "can-do" attitude to projects. Our skill sets include medical first aid, SCUBA, electrical and electronic know-how, rigging, fabrication, computer literacy, and drone piloting. Our crew are all participants in a random drug testing program, and we do not allow alcohol aboard during work charters.
Zephyr is blessed with many friends who come to help us out when we need crew. John Holbert P.E., is an amazing help as crew, crane operator, designer and fabricator of cool stuff. Special thanks to Capt. Erik Wennstrom, Capt. Robert Bergstrom, Bill Dixon, Capt. Michael Kellick, Jacob Kaup, Tony Porche, Capt. Bill Wechter , Capt. Wally Coon, Greg Larkin and Sandi Knapp for being there when we need you.