Born and raised in Knysna, South Africa in the region of the Garden Route, Verdes found solitude by the sea, being exposed to the Indian Ocean. Having a life-long passion of all things nautical and for boating, he truly enjoys life on the water.
In 2011, Verdes moved to the US to seek more opportunities in yachting that would lead him to crewing on a Pershing Yacht. His travels would take him to the Bahamas and in 2012 up and down the US eastern seaboard, from Florida to Maine. It was in Newport, Rhode Island that he joined a 110 foot Hatteras and later a custom build, 114 foot Burger Yacht that he would work his way up as a Deckhand to Captain with a crew of five. He has captained the 114 foot Burger yacht, overseeing many yard periods including a million dollar refit in addition to managing a fleet of nine other boats.
Verdes has earned his 500-ton US Cost Guard Masters License, logging over 35,000 nautical miles of experience. His experience prior to yacht brokering includes operating his boat marine business in delivering yachts and managing various boat projects.
He has a straight-forward sincere approach in seeing that his clients’ experience is the best it can be from start to finish. He is looking for his clients to have a positive experience as a first-time boat owner or a boat owner looking to upgrade. He will go the extra mile to see that his clients are confident in their new purchase or listing.