Yacoob Yachts Overview

Nonkululeko Charters, meaning Freedom Charters, established in 1995 a year after South Africa's first democratic election. Now trading as Yacoob Yachts, it is one of the first and only black owned charter businesses trading in the heart of South Africa's top tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront. We provide the ultimate sailing and cruising experience. A cruise on one of our vessels, taking in Cape Town's breath taking coastline, is a must do activity! We pride ourselves on offering vessels that meet international standards, serviced by highly qualified and friendly crew.

Yacoob Yachts presently operates a fleet of 6 charter boats from Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Our complement of charter boats include:

  • Tigresse & Ameera Sailing Catamarans
  • The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
  • Tommy the Tugboat
  • Riptide cigarette boat
  • Ice Blue Bayliner
Our two sleek and sedate catamarans, the Tigresse and Ameera, are ideally suited to romantic sunset cruises accompanied by local sparkling wines taking in views of our beautiful coastline.

The Jolly Roger, the only pirate boat in South Africa offers the young at heart an authentic adventure filled experience and is particularly popular as a party boat for themed year-end functions, bachelor and bachelorettes and for families with young children.

For the thrill seeker Riptide our high speed Miami style cigarette boat will get the heart pumping and the adrenalin flowing whilst the baby in our fleet the animated Tommy the Tugboat offers a more sedate fun guided tour of Cape Town's working harbour including trips to see seals on wheels and the fishing fleets that make the harbour their home.
The latest addition to our fleet, Ice Blue, a luxury American Bayliner offers smaller groups and families of up to 10 pax an amazing customised day at sea. With a kitchen, berthing and bathroom facilities on board she can be hired for a full day of exploring the nooks and crannies that make up our spectacular coastline.

We have 20 years experience and our boats are maintained to meet exacting standards set by the South African Maritime Authority. On board facilities include a cash bar, restrooms, blankets for chillier evenings and pull down covers in the event of inclement weather.

We operate throughout the year offering daily scheduled cruises of up to 90 minutes, including the popular sunset cruise which is accompanied by complimentary local sparkling wine on our catamarans and rum punch on the Jolly Roger. We offer customised rates for group bookings with special rates for low season trading periods and film shoots. For those who want to make use of our vessels exclusively we are able to tailor make packages that include catering and a full bar and the proximity of more than 70 restaurants in the Waterfront means that dinner cruise packages are very popular.

A cruise on one of our vessels, taking in Cape Town's breath taking coastline, viewing a myriad of marine life including whales and dolphins in season, the opportunity to take photographs of Cape Town's icon from a different perspective and a stopover at the world famous Clifton beach makes this an essential addition to any itinerary when visiting Cape Town.
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Yacoob Yachts Background

Yacoob Yachts sets the benchmark for aspiring and emerging tourism entrepreneurs in South Africa. Based on a business model that is fresh and unique, it grew from humble beginnings. Starting with a small harbour cruise boat called Sea Shuttle 1 in 1994 - the year of freedom and democracy for South Africa, over a process of 18 years, it proudly exists to what it is today - a fleet of 6 sailing and motor boats.

Owned outright by Esa Yacoob, the company employs over 40 people from skippers, deckhands, service providers, marketing and admin staff. Just like his vessels, many of the staff has been given a second lease to life. Yacoob identifies the individual potential, harnessing it and allowing the staff to flourish under his guidance and mentorship. A previous housekeeper is now an under 200 ton skipper for Robben Island Ferries and a ex-gardener is a sailing catamaran skipper in the Waterfront.

Yacoob, a qualified teacher and former mini-bus taxi operator, started his love of the ocean as a founder member of Robben Island Ferries in 1997. In 2001, he relinquished his partnership in the company and established Yacoob Yachts, expanding the existing operation. He also went on to become a strategic partner of TOURVEST, the largest tourism investment company in South Africa. As part of TOURVEST's strategic planning during 2001 - 2005, Yacoob became a candidate of the Transformation Process Project for Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME). During that time, he successfully established numerous "Out of Africa" Curio shops at all the major airports, Robben Island and V&A Waterfront.

Once confident to broaden his scope, Yacoob sold his shares in most of the curio shops and embarked on his ultimate dream - to own a fleet of vessels. In 2005, he purchased the Tigresse, a 65ft sailing catamaran, lying derelict in Hout Bay harbour at the time. Yacoob immediately saw her true potential, lines and beauty and over a painstaking 2 years, she was officially and majestically launched in 2007. Able to comfortably take on 60 passengers, she is the sleek and sedate Queen of the fleet and the largest catamaran in South Africa.
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cape town waterfront cruises, private charters
Once confident to broaden his scope, Yacoob sold his shares in most of the curio shops and embarked on his ultimate dream - to own a fleet of vessels. In 2005, he purchased the Tigresse, a 65ft sailing catamaran, lying derelict in Hout Bay harbour at the time. Yacoob immediately saw her true potential, lines and beauty and over a painstaking 2 years, she was officially and majestically launched in 2007. Able to comfortably take on 60 passengers, she is the sleek and sedate Queen of the fleet and the largest catamaran in South Africa.

Over a process of 7 years, the fleet grew. Sea Shuttle 1 was renamed Tommy the Tugboat and is permanently of service outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, giving educational and entertaining harbour tours for young and old. Ameera, a 40ft catamaran (37 passengers), the "Green Ambassador" of the fleet and the all-time favourite party boat, the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat (75 passengers) joined the fleet in 2008. In November 2012, Africa's first Cigarette Boat, Adrenalin was launched. Designed and built from scratch by Yacoob, Adrenalin is the company's stealth bomber for those who are in the need for speed. Powering up to 70 km/h (33 knots), she will certainly get the endorphins flowing as she flies like a Harley Davison across the Atlantic Ocean.

The newest addition to the fleet, Ice Blue, a beautiful "Bayliner" luxury yacht, is able to accommodate 10 passengers in royal style. She is permanently moored at Granger Bay and will offer a full kitchen, butler service on request, 2 berths to make a stylish charter.

The fleet is built to confirm to International Safety Standards and is operational 365 days of the year. The company has an excellent track record in the tourism industry as well as with SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Association) for the last 18 years. The vessels have been used in many international Bollywood and Hollywood films and European ad campaigns. Individual vessels can be used for private charters, photographic and film locations. Offering a unique blend of boats to suit all tastes and need, authentic and unforgettable experiences are on offer off Cape Town's unique and breath-taking coastline.

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Meet the Team

Admin Staff

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Esa Yacoob
CEO
Esa Yacoob is CEO and 100% shareholder of Yacoob Yachts. He has been operating charter boats since 1995, and was a founding member of the Robben Island Ferry Company. Esa served on the board of Cape Town Roots Unlimited (CTRU), and was appointed by the president of South Africa to serve on the IMC - International Marketing Council in 2010. Ambassador for black business development and entrepreneurship.
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Jillian Grindley-Ferris
Brand & Business Director
Jillian oversees all HR, Marketing and Financials. She joined our organization in the beginning of 2013, after working as the marketing and brand executive manager for the Two Oceans Aquarium for 15 years, as well as more recently consulting for the V&A Waterfront Marketing Department. Qualified attorney, and Masters Degree in Marketing.
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Phirial Williams
General Office Manager &
Financial Manager
Phirial has been a valued part of the Yacoob Yachts team for the past 12 years. She manages our charter bookings, online webticket system and financials. We appreciate her hard work and dedication!
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Shamiela De Vries
Customer Liaison
Bookings officer and liaison for tour operators, corporate charters, specialized charters and kiddies parties. Shamiela is the lady to speak to!

Skippers

Our highly qualified skippers are certified and endorsed by the South African Maritime Safety Authority.
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Nizaam Fakier
Senior Skipper
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Clive Boqwana
Skipper
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Mark Coetzee
Skipper
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Jacques Nel
Skipper
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Theo Opperman
Skipper
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Raymond
Skipper

Deck Hands

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Emile
Deck Hand
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Asanda
Deck Hand
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Ian
Deck Hand
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Timothy
Deck Hand
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Nico
Deck Hand
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Nicholas
Deck Hand
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Pedro
Deck Hand
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Adriaan
Deck Hand
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Lungile
Deck Hand
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Winston
Deck Hand

Support Staff

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Riyaadh
Adventure Bookings
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Yusuf
Maintenace Supervisor
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Ayuub
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  • SAILING CATAMARANS
  • POWER BOAT
  • THE JOLLY ROGER PIRATE BOAT
  • HARBOUR CRUISES
  • PRIVATE CHARTERS
  • SUNSET CRUISES