Captain Chris McCoy
After graduating from College from the University of Idaho, Chris McCoy moved to the island of Maui, Hawaii where he taught SCUBA diving for the next six years.
Looking for a change in scenery, he made a completely lateral move to the islands of St. Thomas/St. John where he received his US Coast Guard Masters License in 1999. For the next five years he conducted snorkeling and sightseeing toursthrough the US Virgin Islands as well as the British Virgin Islands.
In 2004, he took a job as the Captain of a 76' SunSeeker which took him up and down the Caribbean and finally to the Mediterranean. He spent seven months in Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Malta and Greece. One of the highlights of this trip was getting to see the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
He then traveled back to the Caribbean to help a friend run a power boat rental company which enabled him to get back up to Virgin Gorda, Tortolla, and Jost Van Dyke.
Looking to put his 15 years of experience to the test, in 2011 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale to start Gondolas West.
Captain Tom Yost
A U.S.C.G. Master Captain, Tom brings nearly 40 years of experience on the water to Gondolas West. Tom was raised in Solomons Island, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay and has an extensive cruising knowledge of the Atlantic East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio rivers logging over 15,000 nautical miles on Yachts and commercial vessels up to 200' in size.
Tom is certified and trained in the following areas: CPR, First Aid, STCW 95, Bridge Resource Management, and Radar. He is a skilled seaman and has a passion and love for the water. Tom moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1999 and spent several years as a local tour guide and most recently as a Private Yacht Captain developing his knowledge of the local history in Fort Lauderdale and of the super and mega yachts that pass through our area.
Fort Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world. Tom enjoys sharing his knowledge and promises to make your intimate and personal tour of Fort Lauderdale a memory of a life time!