“Hi, I'm your captain JD, South African born and raised, I've been sailing and working in the yachting industry for over 15 years, I love to make people laugh and show them a good time on the water! Check out all my boats listed here and send me an inquiry for the vessel you like, I'm not the broker, we are the owner of the boats so you get the fastest response and the lowest price!”
Aboard since 2017
From Miami, FL
Renting a boat for the day through boat setter using Gerhardt was as simple, friendly and efficient as it gets! I’ve had more difficulty booking a table at a restaurant.
We booked sapphire, a 45 foot sea ray for six of us. Captain Mark was very professional and knowledgeable about the Miami Bay Area.
Thanks Gerhardt! We’ll be sure to contact you again did our next trip.
It was a wonderful experience! gerhard was very prompt to answer all my questions and was very accessible. The boat was large enough to hold my party of 10 guests, and it was an incredible birthday celebration and party! Would definitely book again! Thank you.
My party & I had a great time! Our captain Santiagowas very cool & laid back. He was able to get us jet skis at the last min. JD was welcoming & helpful upon our arrival. The rain didn't stop our fun! Definitely will book again.
Captain Fiesta was hilarious, the boat and views were great. Due to a bit of wind our Captain did a fantastic job of weaving a new itinerary up. He did a great job of pointing out to us interesting houses and facts about Miami.
Only caveat was that the boat tour started 30 min late due to the previous party taking a while to get off, which is understandable. Nonetheless our full rental was honored despite the late start.
A fun 3-generational family get together on board pier 2 right outside our condo at Sea Isle Marina. Convenient. Felt like our own boat. The water was a little rough but Capt. JD maneuvered our boat to calmer waters so we could swim to shore. I kayaked over to a deserted beach. He also gave us a tour of celeb homes and local Miami sites. Everything was perfect! I would do this again. Thank you for being so responsive to all my queries.
JD was AMAZING. Came out with 8 girls including myself for my bachelorette. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. The weather was a bit spotty that day and JD managed to keep us out the rain and take us all around the area. He was such a great host -- he took pictures, rolled out various floaties for us to lounge in the water, had water, towels, and even let one the girls drive the boat for a bit. HIGHLY recommend. Exceptional host, with a beautiful, clean boat. I had the stomach flu the day before our trip and JD was so accommodating and moved the later day reservation (ours was at 11am) so we could get to the boat a tad later (1pm) given I was up sick the whole night before. BOOK HIM. Can't say enough good things about this experience! We love you JD!
This was the highlight of our trip ! They fully accommodated our group which included a bride to be, a pumping mom, a pregnant lady, and lots of
Bridesmaids wanting to go artsy. There was something for everyone and the captain and first mate were amazing!
From the service, to the captain, to the boat crew, Gerhard, and experience; everything was AMAZING. I couldn't ask for a better Birthday. The staff was so attentive and helpful. Not to mention Tons of fun. Gerhard was easy to reach at all time. Thank you. The boat is Beautiful! When I come down to Florida again I'm definitely using Gerhard again. If you want to have a blast? Rent this boat. Top notch service!!!!!
Captain JD was amazing. His boat was clean and in great condition. His warm hospitality was greatly appreciated, and he fit right in with our party. We highly recommend his services. He promises a great time and he certainly holds up to that promise.
Thank you Captain JD for everything!!
This was what you expect from a charter. Easy reservations, good communication prior to the trip, ease of boarding, and a captain that knows the area and is happy to help with ice, plates, towels, and anything you need. The boat was clean, in great shape, loaded with floats, and everyone had a great time. We already booked again.
We went on this boat for my sister’s bachelorette with 9 girls and it was truly the absolute best experience I could have asked for. Chris was our captain and was so nice and fun and wanted to make our experience the best possible. He helped make us drinks, took pictures for us, and took us wherever we wanted to go. I can’t say enough good things about him and the boat itself- it was the best part of our trip by far.
This could have been a five-star review: we had a great time, the boat is in pretty good shape overall, and Captain Graham was delightful with the kids and made sure everyone was happy and well-cared-for. There are some "upkeep" issues (missing speakers, for example), but those are minor. It would still have been a five-star review.
They lose two stars for two instances of unprofessional conduct:
1. The A/C was not working and I was never told. I can understand something breaking on a salt-water boat, but on a 42' yacht in Miami A/C is EXPECTED. They knew it was broken: the Captain said they'd "done their best to get it repaired earlier in the day". The right thing to do is offer to cancel the charter, or reschedule, or offer a partial credit to offset the inconvenience.
2. The charter booking did not include a gratuity. I thought it did (my mistake), and had no cash with which to offer one on our return. Gerhard was there and, upon my request, agreed to add the 15% gratuity to my credit card. Today, the Captain called me to ask about it... apparently the owner forgot to follow up, or didn't care enough to do so, and then told the Captain to contact me directly. It's humiliating for an employee to chase down his tip, and unprofessional of a businessman to make him do so.
Nice boat, and thank God it didn't rain so we weren't forced to spend time inside the cabin without A/C... but we won't be doing business again.
I don't even know where to begin. My friends and I visited Miami for 10 days as I had planned to propose to my now Fiancee, out of all the days and activities we did, this was by far the best time we had. JD is an amazing host and provided us with the best service one could possible ask for. I highly recommend him and this boat, it's nothing but fun and luxurious.
Captain JD was wonderful!!! He was very responsive to all of my questions in advance and the boat was just beautiful. My friends and I had the best time: learning about the celebrity homes, swimming in the bay, going to a little island/seeing an iguana, and seeing some of downtown Miami. He had plenty of ice/water bottles and we brought our own food and drinks. There is also a great speaker to blast tunes. This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Miami. Thank you again for an amazing day out on the water! Would highly recommend it!
Our group enjoyed a wonderful time aboard and JD was amazing. The boat provided everything necessary and worked out great. We appreciated finding this great boat at the last minute. Not new but very clean. Thanks JD.
Captain JD & his wife KiKi are the epitome of accommodating and personable--they truly made our experience on their yacht memorable. Whenever I had a question, JD always responded almost immediately; he was patient, thorough and professional while providing me with the necessary details and information regarding our cruise. The boat was clean and had a large, spacious deck where we spent the majority of our time. My crew and I are grateful for the opportunity to meet and sail with JD and KiKi and will definitely rent with them again in the near future. Highly recommended with absolutely no reservations--you won't regret booking with them.