Located in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, just one block off Las Olas Blvd with its wide range of restaurants, galleries, and boutique shops, 5 Oceans Marine Group’s offices are just about the sweetest spot in town.
Whether it’s helping you arrange for a few nights in town while you are viewing boats in the area, arranging dock space for your boat at a great price, or assisting with any other service that might be needed on your boat, we are here to help.
5 Oceans Marine Group’s Fort Lauderdale office is managed by Senior Brokers Alexis De Boucaud and Jeff Jones.
Alexis, who developed a love for the sea at an early age racing dinghies in the waters of Brittany, France immigrated to the United States as a young man and shortly after developed a fluency in both French and English. He then went on to study business at Amherst College, but knew even then that his true passion was in offshore cruising. He began his professional yacht career as a captain sailing the storied seas of French Polynesia on a Fountaine Pajot Marquises 57 yacht. While there, he developed a talent for sharing and communicating his love for blue-water sailing to his worldly guests. Alexis took this skill and then began working as the base manager for Nautor’s Swan Charters, a high-end charter company with over fifty Swans based in the Caribbean, New England and the Mediterranean. While at Nautor’s Swan, Alexis coordinated the sale of new yachts through the French defiscalisation program. He later instituted a successful yacht sales and management program to develop the fleet in non-French territories. This experience gave him substantial experience in the many facets of yacht sales and brokerage in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Alexis joined 5 Oceans Marine Group over ten years ago, working alongside founder Phil Berman to serve clients around the world.
Jeff was born and raised in Miami and grew up sailing Biscayne Bay. An avid scuba diver and fisherman, he extensively explored the Florida Keys and the Bahamas and later lived aboard and cruised the East and West coasts of the US and the Caribbean islands. Jeff’s years of experience have left him with a solid technical understanding of all onboard systems. Previously with The Moorings brokerage team, Jeff brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to the 5 Oceans team in Fort Lauderdale and to clients. Jeff Jones
“We are truly excited to add someone with the experience and expertise that Jeff possesses,” 5 Oceans President Phil Berman said. “He will bring tremendous value to our clients who are looking to either purchase or sell a yacht in the area, as he has first hand knowledge with each brand and their values.”
Jeff’s knowledge of the on board systems and boat construction has aided him in finding clients the right boat for their needs as well as participating in the sea trial and survey portion of the buying process. For the past five years he has specialized in brokering both new and pre-owned boats and have sailed more than 5,000 miles on them in the last 6 months primarily on the east coast of the US, Bahamas and the Caribbean.
5 Oceans Marine Group’s offices are located within a few minutes drive of the Lauderdale Marine Center which is Florida’s largest marine facility, a premier, all-inclusive, 38-acre complex designed to meet the needs of the world’s discerning yachtsmen, captains and crew. Here you will find an immense boatyard that can accommodate vessels of all sizes, over 1,000 feet of riverfront dockage, 110 floating slips, as well as all of the necessary resources to repair, refit, or refurbish your yacht. Lauderdale Marine Center gives you the unique ability to handle your own projects or tap into the wide array of resources conveniently located at the boatyard. On-site, you’ll find independent, skilled craftsmen, covering every marine service imaginable, from custom paint and graphics to fine cabinetry, interior design, refinishing services, electrical engineering, welding, refrigeration, and much much more.