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Frictionless, all-in-one luxury yacht charter bookings – in the palm of your hand. We created the industry’s first turnkey, customizable, and fully automated booking platform for luxury day charter experiences that turn your dreams into reality. Uber created frictionless transportation – Nauta created frictionless yachting. 

About Us

Nauta provides unprecedented accessibility to luxury yachting experiences through a frictionless booking solution. We leverage AI-driven, end-to-end technology that connects consumers with yacht owners while facilitating all charter experience needs, including USCG-certified crews, high-quality food catering and private chef options, alcohol package delivery, marina location selection, water toy selections, and add-ons, booked upfront and paid through a variety of payment options, including split payments. Don’t know where to start? No problem. Tell us your budget, and our platform will immediately populate you with fully packaged options that meet your budget. 


Enamored by the joys of the perfect yachting experience but frustrated with the outdated, fragmented, and manual process of booking that experience, we asked ourselves a question. Why does Turo exist for car-sharing, Uber for transportation, Expedia for lodging, Venmo for payment splitting, Drizly for alcohol delivery, and DoorDash for food delivery, but no comparable, complete solution exists for yachting? Yacht chartering is logistically complex, but if a solution that combines all these factors existed – yachting could be democratized for millions of new customers. The idea of Nauta had been born. 


Frictionless experience for customers is only half the story. Yacht owners, their managers, and representatives are the other half. Our innovative solution has also been applied to the experience of our supply-side partners and their representatives – completely alleviating the need for them to monitor and manage all trip details, saving time, streamlining logistical communications, and earning incremental revenue to existing operations - no downside with all the upsides. 

Our Team

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Alex O'Neill


2024 Boating Industry 40 Under 40

As a co-founder of Nauta and Chief Executive Officer, Alex leads corporate strategy and innovation at Nauta.


In his role, Alex oversees revenue growth, finance, and strategic vision.


When not working, Alex is most likely watching the Tulane Green Wave football team, reading historical figure biographies, learning about geopolitical and military trends, and exploring his love for New York City history.


Previously: Special Situations Private Equity Investment Analyst at Marblegate Asset Management. 

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Lee Mandel


As Chief Technology Officer, Lee leads technological development and innovation at Nauta.


In his role, Lee is charged with creating, overseeing, and executing Nauta’s technical vision.


Further, Lee leverages his industry standing and knowledge as a superyacht owner and President of the International Yacht Owners Association to advise on Nauta's strategic vision.


Originally a prospective Nauta customer (supply-side), Lee transitioned to a full-time team member in July 2023 following his conviction that Nauta’s vision creates a paradigm shift in industry opportunity and growth.


Previously: Founder and CEO of IntraLogics Solutions, a security technologies firm that was successfully acquired by private equity in 2019. 

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Chris Isacs


As a co-founder of Nauta, Chris led Nauta's go-to-market MVP build and the search for initial product/market fit.


In his current role as Chief Product Officer, Chris oversees product design, leveraging customer feedback and analytical insights through close collaboration with Lee.


When not working, Chris is hosting dinner parties for his friends, listening to the Rolling Stones, or kicking back with an 80's movie.


Previously: Chief Technology Officer at Nimbus Cloud Coaching, a B2B SaaS platform from Precision Sales Coaching & Training.


Dylan Scott


Dylan leads supply-side logistics and Florida onboarding. He owns and manages a fleet of charter yachts and has years of experience in the New England, Florida, and Caribbean markets. His expertise guides us in mastering operations and changing industry standards.

Originally brought on as a general consultant, Dylan witnessed the industry refinements Nauta introduced and joined in November 2023 as a full-time team member.

A University of Miami alumni and former professional tennis player, Dylan is passionate about yachting and loves being near the water. 

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Patrick Jackson

Head of New Development (Hamptons)

Patrick came to Nauta looking for a software solution for his company’s charters, but after the first 15 minutes listening to Alex talk about Nauta and his goals for the company, Patrick pivoted and pitched Alex the idea of joining the team. He now launches new markets, starting with the Hamptons.

Patrick joined the boating industry in 2017, when he was introduced to Lekker Boats - a startup out of Holland. After a boat ride with Lekker’s founder, Patrick co-founded New Amsterdam Boats, launching the brand's presence in the USA.

When not working, Patrick can be found playing and coaching hockey, on his Lekker Boat, or at any live music event.

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Matt Fradette

Strategic Advisor

Joining us in October 2023, Matt mentors and works closely with our CEO, Alex, to advise on Nauta’s strategic vision.


Matt is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of The Wanderlust Group, an industry leader in building marketplace and technology platforms across the marine and outdoor travel sectors, including the Dockwa brand – the largest marina marketplace in the nation. 

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Steffen Nehrmann


Steffen joined Nauta in September 2023 as an intern following his graduation from Germany-based Technische Hochschule Lübeck’s with a Master of Business Administration and Engineering degree.


Prior to joining Nauta, Steffen held internships at the German-based, world-renowned superyacht shipyard and luxury-automobile manufacturer, Lürssen GmbH and Porsche AG.  


Nick Temple


Nick is a rising sophomore at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He is an accounting major with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He is set to graduate in 2026.


He is taking on the role of an intern this summer.


When he is not studying or working, he is watching his favorite football team, the Los Angeles Chargers, reading various business and self-help books, working out, and spending time with his girlfriend.

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