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Moving your yacht or boat requires careful consideration. When choosing to move your vessel by water, be sure to hire a licensed and trustworthy professional who cares.


How to choose the right yacht captain...

1. Verify credentials


Licensed captains have proven their sea time

to the Coast Guard and have passed strict testing.

Avoid any captain who you cannot verify.


Merchant Mariner Credential Verification

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2. Choose a reliable captain


Ask for references and check out the reviews.

Choose a captain who has proven themselves to their clients.


Captain de Jong's Google Reviews

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   3. Choose an experienced captain


   Be sure to hire a captain who has experience operating many different types of boats in a variety of locations.


Captain de Jong's Route Map

A route plan will be sent to you by email before the departure date. After your boat is secured to the dock, you will receive via email pictures of the boat in its slip as well as a track of the vessel's completed delivery route.


How to Prepare your Boat for Delivery

Boaters of all levels can improve their skills and confidence with practical hands-on training.  Master Captain, Tyler de Jong works closely with newer boaters as they master the essentials of safe boat handling. More experienced boat owners can expect to improve their technical knowledge and boating know-how with advanced skills development.


Nationwide Boating Lessons are Available                                                     Multiple Students Welcomed


On-the-water boating classes are usually completed within two to five hours and can focus on a range of topics including...

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Power Boating Classes


Rules for Boating Safety

Boating Laws

Sound Signaling

Distress Signaling

Pre-Departure Preparation

Boat Launching

Boat Docking

Boarding & Exiting

Securing your Boat

Getting Towed

Boat Piloting, Transmission & Throttle Control

Learning to Drive a Boat in Bad Weather

Driving a Boat at Night

Boating Maintenance

Trip Planning Checklist

Safety Equipment Checklist

Outlining a Route

Voyage Management

One-Engine Down Drills

Man Overboard Drills

Accident Reporting

Trim Tab Operation

Passing Over Wakes

Testing & Using an EPIRB

Clearing a Fouled Propeller

Reading Depth Charts

Using Marine GPS

Using a Chart

Crossing Borders

Nautical Knots

Dropping Anchor

Basics of Engine Troubleshooting


Boat Waste Tank

Boat Hurricane Preparedness

Sailing Classes


Deck Organization

Maneuvering in Tight Spaces

Points of Sail

Reading Depth Charts

Tacking & Jibing

Halyards & Sheet Lines


Balancing your Rig

Reading Telltales

Man Overboard Drills

Night Sailing

Foul Weather

Sailing Terms






Every sailor should learn basic power boat operation before ever raising a sail. When a sailboat's engine is running, it is considered a powerboat by law. It is recommended to learn all applicable skills from the list on the left.

Let Captain de Jong take the helm while you relax for a dinner date, day drink with friends or throw a party on your boat. Holidays like Independence Day, New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Tampa Bay Lightning games, Gasparilla and boat parades book fast.


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The Okeechobee Waterway is a 132 nautical mile passage that cuts across Central Florida. If you're traveling to or from the Gulf of Mexico, it could be more time-efficient and cost-efficient to take this route. There are five locks between Fort Myers and Stuart and they vary from as little as a 1' drop to as high as a 14' rise. Captain Tyler de Jong has safely and successfully navigated the canal on boats ranging from a 20' center console to a 66' trawler.



  • There are 10 operating bridges, some with restriced schedules, that cross the Okeechobee Waterway. The Captain will provide binoculars and a VHF.


  • You will need plenty of fenders to keep your boat from rubbing against the walls in the locks.


  • When the lake water level becomes too low, restrictions are placed on the locks resulting in further limiting of their operating schedules.


  • The limiting vertical clearance of the Okeechobee Waterway is 49’± at Port Mayaca.