Jean Gerber

Yacht Broker

Jean was born in 1985 in Toulouse where he grew up on the family farm with four sisters.


Although he was far from the sea, he discovered sailing at the age of 6, thanks to am uncle and mentor who at that time owned a 30 feet wooden monohull and ran a sailing school near La Rochelle.


He was hooked right away and spent all of his childhood summers there, starting on Optimist and quickly transitioning to Hobie-Cats.
Jean’s desire for travel and horizons began at the age of 13 when his father wanted their family to discover the world.


His family  all took a sabbatical year and traveled for 1 year between China, Malaysia and Indonesia. On  their return, Jean realized the potential of a sailing vessel to travel the world and started taking coastal cruising lessons in the Mediterranean.
After studying electrical engineering and computer science in Toulouse, Jean made his first Atlantic crossing on a Leopard 38 from Dubrovnik to Tortola at the age of 20.


After this trip Jean decided that he would make his passion his career and became a sailing instructor.


While giving Hobie-Cats lessons in the summer, he kept doing deliveries as a first mate and passed the offshore sailing instructor diploma (Brevet d’Etat in France), and then his 200GT Captain licence (Capitaine 200 in France).
From the age of 22 to 30, he worked 7 months a year as offshore cruising instructor for a sailing school in Brittany, while the rest of the year he was a freelance captain doing deliveries and charters between Europe, the Caribbean, USA, Tahiti and New Zealand.


He then went full time as a freelance captain, mostly delivering for charter companies and boat manufacturers before slowly transitioning on providing personalized boating instruction and experience to new boat owners.
After 40+ deliveries, including 11 Atlantic and Pacific crossings, and 18 years working in the industry, Jean has been all over the world and intensely sailed Europe, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, and the Caribbean, on monohull and catamarans ranging from 30 to 82 feet, across 10+ yacht builders. Jean is now using this knowledge and expertise to help owners on their coastal and offshore projects, from finding the right boat until they reach full autonomy as a yacht broker for The Multihull Company.
For assistance in the sale or purchase of your catamaran in France, contact Jean today!


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