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    June 2017
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    63 Reviews

Hi, I'm your captain JD, a 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!

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63 Reviews

  • Tinotenda
    July 6th, 2020

    Excellent trip! Captain and boat were great! First of many trips to come!

  • Lexandrea
    July 1st, 2020

    This has been my second time on this yacht but my first time booking. I wanted to have a mini celebration and I immediately looked for Gerhard’s listing. Gerhard made booking very easy and communicated effectively! The first time I’ve been on his boat, it was 12 of us but this time around it was only 9. There’s enough space, it’s nice and clean! If you’re looking to book look no further. Our captain Fiesta was also great!! He made our trip such a wonderful experience, we had a GREAT time. Amazing service!! Thank you!

  • Shanea
    June 30th, 2020

    Bachelorette trip to Miami and our Captain, Santiago and was great. 8 girls total and we all had a beautiful time on the water. Santiago was the perfect photographer for us group of girls, as well.

  • Leon
    June 29th, 2020

    We unfortunately had to cancel our trip due to COVID19, however, working through the cancellation process with Gerhard was seamless and stress-free. Will definitely be booking this trip again at a later date and most definitely considering using Gerhard!

  • AnnaMarie
    June 28th, 2020

    Had a wonderful ! Will definitely be back again

  • Alexis
    June 24th, 2020

    I truly enjoyed the experience. It was great in all aspects!

  • Casey
    June 21st, 2020

  • Shanel
    June 18th, 2020

    Had a great time and definitely would rent again

  • Ana
    June 17th, 2020

    Awesome boat and attentive and fun crew! Would definitely book again!

  • Stephanie
    June 14th, 2020

    Amazing experience. The owner was responsive and easy to work with and Captain Mark made sure we had a great time. We will definitely book again and highly recommend.

  • Jennifer
    June 14th, 2020

    Everything was amazing! We had a great time! Mark was our captain and he was so fun, nice, and funny. Will definitely book again.

  • Jennifer
    June 4th, 2020

    We had a wonderful family day!!!
    JD was extremely fast responding and super nice and accommodating! Captain Mark gave us a beautiful trip around Miami’s most amazing spots, wow what views!

    Definitely will be booking again soon!

  • Michelle
    May 27th, 2020

    Captain Mark was the best, even though the weather wasn’t the best we still had an amazing time and Mark made sure we were taken care of.

  • Megan
    March 15th, 2020

    We had the best time on our 4 hour trip! We had a last minute captain change, but it was coordinated perfectly so that our plans were not altered. This was an excellent way to see all the parts of Miami and just enjoy the water. 10/10 from our group!

  • Alana
    March 11th, 2020

    We had the best day with Captain Ari! JD was super responsive to any and all of our questions pre-trip. When the 13 of us arrived, the entire staff at the dock were extremely nice and greeted us so kindly. Boat was very clean and equipped with 2 bathrooms. Coolers with ice provided as well as a great sound system and water mat. We will certainly rent from them again next time we're in FL. Thanks so much!

  • Nicole
    Feb. 29th, 2020

    Wow - there are not even words to describe how amazing our experience was! We rented this boat for a half day from Gerhard for my bachelorette party weekend. He was so responsive through Sailo and was there to greet us with a smile and well wishes upon arrival. The boat was breathtakingly beautiful - even better than the pictures! There was a full kitchen for us to place our lunch items as well as multiple coolers stocked with water and where we could also stock our booze for the day. Our captain - Mark - wow just amazing!!!! Extremely high energy, fun, and willing to take any and every photo of us that we needed! (Group of 11 ladies so photoshoot city lol) He new all the perfect spots - made sure to keep us in the sunshine, great locations where the wind was perfect, adjusted our music so it was constantly at the perfect volume - and all around ensured we had the time of our lives. 100% the highlight from a weekend that already had some crazy extraordinary things planned. If you are on the fence about booking - STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND BOOK NOW! You will not regret it I promise!

  • Mike
    Jan. 13th, 2020

    Trip was awesome.. Jose was our captain, and he had a good idea of what we wanted to see/do and where to take us.. It was a glorious Saturday afternoon with highs in the 80's and sunny.. So great day to be out in the sea ... saw all of Miami downtown and millionaires row during our trip... Great fun!

  • Lavonia
    Nov. 25th, 2019

    My girls and I had an amazing time! This was our first yacht experience and it was everything and more we had envisioned. Our captain and co-captain were amazing! They were very friendly, allowed us to play our own music and continuously checked in to make sure we were good. I will definitely book again!

  • Ana Carolina
    Nov. 8th, 2019

    We had the best time on our trip on 11/07!
    Gerhard was super nice and fast in answering all our questions prior to the reservation.. Chris, our captain, was amazing!! He made sure everything was perfect for us! We definitely recommend this boat and captain Chris!

  • Jenny
    Nov. 2nd, 2019

    Could not have asked for a better 30th bday. We booked the afternoon cruise and it was over cast so perfect temp! I’m very fair and didn’t even have to put on sunscreen so big win for me. The crew was so accommodating and tailored the trip to our every request. We caught a beautiful sunset and fireworks at the end of the night. 11/10 would recommend :)

  • Laresha
    Sept. 21st, 2019

    Chris was amazing!!!!! This experience was better than my friends and I imagined it would be. Everything was perfect! Would definitely rebook with them and request Chris!!!!

  • Cindy
    Sept. 21st, 2019

    The owner and captain was very fun but so respectful! We were a bachelorette party and had so much fun. He was punctual, attentive, responsible.
    He boat was very clean and beautiful!
    Can’t wait to plan another party on this boat!

  • mary
    Aug. 20th, 2019

    Captain Chris and his assistance were absolutely accommodating to all of our needs. They showed us a wonderful time. My family and I had memories to last us a life time. If you are in Miami look them up, you will not be disappointed. They are upfront with everything, nothing hidden. Their boat was clean and wonderful. Thank you for everything. We appreciate every thing you done for us.

  • Suzy
    Aug. 18th, 2019

    Most amazing time on this boat. Chris and Hayden were so fun to hang out with. Very accomodating and friendly attitude. Definitely the highlight of our trip. My only regret is booking 4 hours instead of 8 hours. Next time the girls and I come to Miami we’re definitely going on this boat again. Thanks guys!!

  • Sam
    July 31st, 2019

    Gerhard is hands down the best captain we ever had and we had many. The Yacht itself is amazing, clean, spacious, fun. We cant wait to be back again!

  • Alicia
    July 26th, 2019

    Great day out on the water with Charlotte! Boat was beautiful and we had everything we needed for a great Bachelorette party!

  • Elizabeth
    July 24th, 2019

    I rented this yacht for 4 hrs for my birthday.
    It was a total of 9 ladies, we really enjoyed everything and Captain Chris was great.
    I will book again and I highly recommend this yacht .

  • Brittany
    July 21st, 2019

    I would give 10 stars if possible! We rented for a bachelorette party of 10, and when we arrived, it started to rain (pour) for almost an hour. Our captain JD greeted us upon arrival and chatted with us until the rain stopped, assuring us that we could extend the trip because we were getting a late start. JD was the perfect captain! Professional, informative (he pointed out all of the celeb houses, movie featured homes, etc) extremely nice and very helpful. We drove around for about an hour then went out to a sandbar where we anchored and JD put out floats/toys. I cannot express how much fun we had and how awesome the trip was from start to finish. I will definitely rent again the next time I am in the area and would recommend to friends as well!

  • Grishma
    July 16th, 2019

  • Glenn
    July 3rd, 2019

    The Captain & his wife were SO friendly & accomodating in setting us up for our very first boat ride. We want to ride with them again & recommend others to do the same as this boat was PERFECT for us.

  • Darlene
    June 28th, 2019

    My sister wanted a yacht experience to share with her best friends on her bachelorette. This was such an amazing experience! Chris, our captain, was great and very accommodating! He took us around and found a quiet spot for us to relax and float. At one point the girls wanted more excitement, We anchored close to monument island. He and his skip were great about keeping people from interrupting our festivities. The skip also was very attentive and helped us out in fetching drinks and helping us get onto the paddle board. This was a memorable experience, and the boat was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed it! I would high recommend for a group outing! Chris absolutely delivered as our captain. You'll be in good hands!

  • Diana
    June 10th, 2019

  • shaida
    May 4th, 2019

    Had an amazing time, Gerhard was a very prompt at answering all of my questions. The boat was in good condition and the boat crew was great! Would definitely recommend and rent again.

  • Shannon
    April 19th, 2019

    JD was the best! This will always be top of list for Miami 👌

  • Sarah
    April 19th, 2019

    Our captain went above and beyond and was amazing!! The boat was perfect, plenty of room, and we had 12 on board. Our group had the BEST TIME from start to finish, can’t say enough wonderful things about our time abroad!

  • Madison
    April 18th, 2019

    Our driver Chris was awesome. We had 10 girls for my bachelorette and everyone had a blast! I would highly recommend Chris and the boat. Thanks for a super fun day!!

  • Melissa
    March 25th, 2019

    Amazing day out on the water in Miami!! Gerhard is the best host and made sure we had the best day. I will definitely be renting again the next time I'm in Miami.

  • Navjot
    March 13th, 2019

    Gerhard was an amazing host/captain. He was very informative and did everything he could to make sure we all had a great time. The boat was clean and big enough to fit 11 of us girls comfortably. We were celebrating a bachelorette party and would definitely do this again. Half a day (4 hours) was a reasonable amount of time to tan, drink, and enjoy the water.

  • Coneka
    March 4th, 2019

    This boat ride was the highlight of our trip! Amazing service! The captain was outstanding. He made sure we were comfortable. The ride was smooth and we had great views of miami. I would definitely take this ride again and recommend this boat to others.

  • Ava
    Feb. 24th, 2019

    JD was absolutely amazing and accommodating to our bachelorette party. He’s the best and I will be back soon!

  • Kimberly
    Feb. 23rd, 2019

    We rented the boat as party of my bachelorette party with 10 of us! It was everyone’s favorite part of the entire trip!! It was a blast and The Captain was wonderful!! Definitely recommend!

  • Kathiga
    Jan. 10th, 2019

    Gerhard was a great host! He was easy going, and answered all of our questions. The ride was smooth. We had a great time on his boat!

  • Liz
    Nov. 18th, 2018

  • victoria
    Oct. 23rd, 2018

    We had the best time!! Our skipper brought us around to all the top spots and stopped to let us take pictures!

  • Michael
    Sept. 24th, 2018

    Excellent trip. Boat was excellent. Everyone had a great time. Thanks for working with me. Definitely intrested in coming back.

  • Sara
    Aug. 31st, 2018

    We rented this yacht for a bachelorette party and it was perfect for our group of 13! Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate but we still had a great time and received a partial refund. Baron and Sierra were both fantastic, even though they had to get soaked on our behalf. One thing to note is that you need to bring your own inflatables as they are not provided as indicated in the description and pictures. Would highly recommend this yacht and crew!

  • Caroline
    July 23rd, 2018

    This boat ride was the highlight of our trip!! Awesome captain who did everything he could to make sure we were all having an awesome time! The boat was very clean and looks just as pictured!

  • Jessica
    July 20th, 2018

    We had a girls trip to Miami and my four friends and I rented the boat for the day and we had the best time ever! Gerhard was accommodating to all our needs and made sure we had a great time. If you’re looking for an awesome boat and a great time I would definitely recommend this.

  • Samantha
    July 16th, 2018

    Gerhard was a a fantastic host and truly provided us with a fantastic day out on the water. Our captain, J.D. was the absolute best and we loved every second with him!!!! Thank you so much for the most amazing experience, we loved every second of our time on the Biscayne Bay!

  • Christine
    June 15th, 2018

    My friends and I had the best time celebrating my bachelorette party on the yacht with JD and Chase! They were very attentive and professional, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to have an amazing day out in the water! Thank you both for an unforgettable experience!!

    June 4th, 2018

    The captain was so professional and fun!!!

  • gagan
    May 5th, 2018

    Great time with Gerhard and Chase On this boat! They were super generous and attentive to our group. We were celebrating a bachelorette party and had the best time! They were prompt in picking us up and dropping off at the pier. I would definitely recommend this boat to all my friends and family next time we are in Miami.

  • Precious
    May 3rd, 2018

    Gerhard was very responsive to all questions I had. The pictures of the boat were exactly what I had reserved. The boat was well maintained and clean. I was impressed by how well the boat was clean after knowing the boat had hosted a party shortly before us. Gerhard was a delight of a captain, very entertaining. I definitely would recommend them to anyone looking to have a luxury private party on a boat.

  • Catherine
    April 29th, 2018

    We had a great time on the boat for a bachelorette party. There were 12 of us and were comfortable with plenty of space. The Captain provided us with a water mat and floats so we could hang out in the water too which was a plus. Super responsive and friendly crew - signing up and getting questions answered was easy. Would def. recommend again, for the experience it was a quality deal.

  • Kassidy
    April 26th, 2018

    I don’t usually bother leaving reviews but the entire experience with gerhard was fantatic from initial contact all the way through our cruise. He let us do our thing while being available for questions, snapping pics or pointing out celebrity homes. Communication was great and the boat was spacious, beautiful and clean. We had the best time and I would 100% recommend.

  • Gabrielle
    April 20th, 2018

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!! Gerhard and Chase helped make our day full of fun!!! I seriously can’t thank them enough. I planned this boat day for my sisters bachelorette party and there were 11 of us total. Gerhard was responsive and was able to take us wherever we wanted to go, but we let him decide since we had no preference. We anchored for some time and Gerhard and Chase blew up some huge floats for us to chill on. The rest of the trip we sunbathed, drank, danced and laughed! If you didn’t want to dance there was plenty of room to sit down and chill under the awning or inside the air conditioned boat. It was everybody’s favorite part of our Miami trip!

  • Jennifer
    March 8th, 2018

    Captain JD was GREAT to work it. This was my first time booking with Sailo and I was scared of getting scammed or running in to a bait and swap situation. It was great working directly with Captain JD since this booking is not through a booking agent. We had a group of 7 girls for a bachelorette party and he was so patient and accommodating. He doubled as our group photographer and boat Captain. Thanks for showing us a great time and making our trip memorable.

  • Tiffany
    Feb. 28th, 2018

    JD was awesome! Communication was a breeze while booking and everything leading up to the day of rental. JD even called the day before to confirm all details and gave us detailed description of where to go. On the day of our rental, JD was so friendly and accomodating! We had a group of 13 girls and he was so patient with all of us. He even jumped in the water and swam after our beach ball after it floated too far away for us to get (we were docked at the sand bar)! Yacht was big, clean, and so relaxing to be on. Plenty of space for all 13 of us. We are so happy to have booked with JD. He made our trip so memorable with his awesome yacht and easy going personality. Thanks JD!

  • Martin
    Feb. 23rd, 2018

    Unfortunately the boat that we get was not the one on the pictures...we expected a faster one...but it was a nice trip and we enjoyed as well.

  • Dipa
    Feb. 19th, 2018

    JD and his crew were the best to sail with! We sailed with them for a bachelorette party in February and they did not disappoint. The boat was amazing, so clean and well kept. JD and the captain were THE BEST!! Very nice, down to earth gentlemen and had a blast with us. JD made us some great shots to get the party started. Out of out entire weekend, this boat trip was the best part! Thank you to JD and crew for a wonderful time. We HIGHLY recommend sailing with them!

  • Carly
    Aug. 28th, 2017

    The boat was even better than what we were expecting - amazing trip and Sailo made it such a seamless process!

  • Molly
    July 16th, 2017

    JD was very responsive, friendly, easy to work with and eager to host a great day!
    The boat was very nice with plenty of room for our group.
    Our group had a great experience!! The service was wonderful and the boat was super fun!
    The only downside was the speaker system didn't work Quite right.
    Other than that it was the perfect afternoon.
    I would say JD did a great job and was very easy to work with!
    We would definitely do this rental again.

  • Moneak
    July 12th, 2017

    Capt. Gerhard's communication with me was A1! He was very responsive and answered all of my questions. I booked 2 boats through him to accommodate my party of 19. The pictures that he sent me where beautiful and I was sold right away. I then received a text from his wife Kiki and she informed me that they had a newer boat and was a little bigger and can also accommodate my party with jet ski options if we wanted it. She also sent over picture of the newer boat and is was also beautiful. The day of my trip, I was advised that Capt. Gerhard was no longer going to be my captain but they were using another friends boat to charter my party. I guess that was the newer boat they switch me too but I didn't know Capt. Gerhard wasn't the driver. I was ok with that but in meeting this new Capt. by the name of Jorge, he was a total JERK to me and my party. He was rude when questions where asked. I was told we can only have 13 people the max on his boat but he also had his friends tag along, which they two except for one was rude as well. We were suppose to leave out at 2 pm but the Capt. Jorge said he needed to stop for gas so we left 45 minutes late. We catered our own food which I advised Capt. Gerhard I was doing but this boat's kitchen area was disgusting. The lady that was on the boat said they had a party the night before and we clearly saw that they didn't clean up after themselves cause it was horrible and smelled like throw up mixed air fresher. Just a total disgrace. We couldn't even fridge anything because the fridge was so nasty, and the smell, OH MY GOD!!! The air kept going off in side of the cabin, we asked about the music set up and the Captains response and tone was just not for my liking, he said, ( Don't touch anything, I'll do it when I get a change too). When we finally got to Hanover beach to dock and party, he parked the boat so far away we had to swim to where everyone was. This man then asked if we wanted more time and that it would be extra even though he owed us that 45 minute time back that he spent getting gas on my dollar. My husband was not going for that so the situation was handled real quick to where we did receive our time back. This man just was not nice to us at all and I would never ever us this company again. If they allow people who spend there hard earn money this way, I wouldn't want to spend a dime with them. All in all we enjoyed our self by ignoring this jerk and getting the best of the views and cursing. Maybe if Capt. Gerhard would of been out caption things would of probably been different.