Manu Deceuninck
CEO

At a young age, Manu travelled to the south of France. This was the perfect place for him to fully enjoy his beloved hobby. It soon became clear that Manu had everything in store to become successful in the sailing world. Shortly before his 17th birthday, Manu came back to Belgium packed with knowledge and experience. After finishing his studies, he started working in the real estate world. Manu was a born salesman! But he lacked the passion he once had for the ocean and sailing world.

Sometime later, when back in Belgium, Manu took the decision to pursue his lifelong dream. He acquired a franchise as a boat broker for Belgium, Luxembourg and France and got to work! Due to his technical knowledge and commercial ability, business boomed rapidly. Today, Manu is still the Managing Director and leading person at Yacht Consult. Taking the company to an higher level every day. 

md@yachtconsult.be
+32 495 51 54 59

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Wouter Vanderelst
SALES & AFTERSALES MANAGER

Wouter started his career in the pharmaceutical industry, but his passion brought him to the water. In the meantime, Wouter became an honest and reliable partner in the yacht business. Therefore he continuously improves his knowledge and skills, in order to give you the best advise. Bottom line, Wouter is not selling boats, he will always focus on finding the right solutions for people who love to buy a boat.

wouter@yachtconsult.be
+32 479 11 73 09

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MATTHIAS VERSCHEURE
SALES MANAGER SUNREEF YACHTS 

Matthias started his professional career as a sport instructor which turned rapidly into organizing B2B events. He has more than 15 years experience in organizing corporate events, mainly in Belgium but also abroad. During this time he developed his natural sales-skills but also his client focussed attitude.
He is used to communicate to business clients and high-end clients. He speaks fluent French, Englisch, German, Dutch and Portuguese.

Entering the world of yachts is not a big surprise since he is a true ocean lover and world traveler. He has been discovering the world since he was 16 and having 2 kids doesn’t stop him from doing this.

matthias@yachtconsult.be
+32 495 11 35 64

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Jill Zwaans
Charter Director 

Jill has over 18 years of yachting experience and is proud founder and Charter Director of YACHT STORY where she is responsible for the expansion of the worldwide chartering activities.

Jill speaks 5 languages fluently; English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. She graduated at the University of Antwerp in 2003 as Master in Commercial Science. In 2004 she achieved her second Master’s degree in Maritime Science. She started sailing from a young age and received all her sailing degrees from Optimist to RS800. Every holiday was spent on their family sailing yacht and in her free time she enjoys dinghy sailing on Snipe. Her grandfather was already passionate about yachts and has constructed the first Carlo Riva 27m yacht in Italy in 1975. During her student years, Jill was a popular sailing instructor at Aquavitesse in The Netherlands and started her real yachting career in September 2004 with Edmiston & Company during the Monaco Yacht Show assisting in various departments like chartering, marketing, brokerage, new built,… In 2006 she became the sales & marketing assistant for an Australian Shipyard called Warren Yachts followed by a career as a sales and charter broker for IBS yachts in Sardinia. In May 2008 she was asked to move from Sardinia to St Jean Cap Ferrat to develop the charter division for Olympic Marine. Jill has spent 3 years as a Retail charter broker and charter manager at Olympic Marine where preparing MYBA charter contracts was a daily activity together with the preparation of both day charters and mega yacht charters.

Since June 2011 she decided to move back to Antwerp, Belgium and continued her career in the yachting business by starting her own Yachting division within the EXMAR Group which she named, EXMAR Yachting. She developed this company to a great success with an outstanding reputation with the brokers and clients. From May 2021 Jill is now the proud founder and director of YACHT STORY, based in Brasschaat, Belgium, and In cooperation with Yacht Consult, who is responsible for all the yacht sales, YACHT STORY has grown as the most reliable partner based in the Benelux for luxury worldwide Yacht charter.

jillzwaans@yachtstory.com
+32 478 35 07 63

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