Robert Marx - Captain
Robert grew up on a farm in South African and had to learn early on how to fix things and to be innovative when you can’t find parts. After helping his dad running the farm for several years, he became a Construction and Project Manager and traveled all over the Eastern Cape of SA.
Robert joined the mega yacht industry in 2006 and spent his first year in yachting as the Chief Engineer on the 164ft M/Y Chantel Ma Vie. When the opportunity arose for him to work with his wife, they joined M/Y El Jefe where he started as Mate/Engineer before becoming the Captain onboard in 2009. He has since completed a ton of successful charters as Captain and has cruised all over the Caribbean, Bahamas and up and down the US East Coast.
In 2022 Robert joined M/Y Unbridled as Captain and he is ready to take guests on the adventure of a lifetime. His meticulous attitude ensures all systems are running smoothly and are well maintained for a safe and carefree vacation. His easy-going nature will make you feel comfortable from the moment you step onboard. He likes to make people laugh and keep guests active and entertained.
Robert holds a 200 Ton Yacht Master Offshore Captains license and are currently busy with his OOW and 350Ton Masters. Robert is well versed in all the mechanical systems, as well as hydraulics, refrigeration and other operating systems onboard.
When not navigating the crystal-clear waters off some tropical island, Robert enjoys motor sports, fishing, camping and watching documentaries.
Daphne Marx - Chief Stewardess
Daphne was born in South Africa’s windy city, Port Elizabeth. She always dreamed of being on big boats and wanted to explore the world. After College she started working in the construction industry as a property and project manager, but eventually the call of the ocean won and Daphne, along with her husband, decided to quit their land base jobs and started a new adventure.
For the past 14+ years, she has worked on yachts ranging from 107ft to 200ft, where her calm demeanor and can-do attitude made her a favorite amongst owners, guests and crew. Professional, personable and caring best describes Daphne. With her background in Property Management and her experience in service, she has a great eye for detail and is adept at being invisible when necessary, yet appearing at just the right moment to ensure everything runs smoothly. Daphne’s passion for her job makes her the perfect hostess, always on hand to anticipate guests needs.
When Daphne is not planning a theme night or making cocktails, she loves to do photography while exploring new places. She also loves camping and hiking, and to just relax with a good book or movie.
Raphael RIvet - Chef
Our amazing Chef Raphael hails from France. Raphael was born into a family of chefs and the love for cooking just came natural to him. Raphael is a passionate chef with over 30 years of experience, 17 of which has been in yachting. He first worked in Restaurants in Bath, in the UK, then went on to resorts in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Raphael has cruised extensively throughout the world including Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Tahiti, North and South America including Alaska, to just name a few. During this time, he obtained huge amounts of knowledge of all the different cultures and foods, which enhanced his amazing culinary skills. He also did 7 transatlantic crossings onboard yachts, keeping the crew fed with healthy dishes. At the Antiqua boat show, Raph won the first-place prize at the Chef’s Competition, three years in a row. He excels in modern and classic French cuisine, fine French dining, hand-crafted breads and patisserie, Sushi, Italian, Mediterranean Seafood, and home comfort foods.
Raphael is easygoing, flexible, and reliable, running the galley at a very high and professional standard. In his spare time, he loves to explore the great outdoors and loves sailing, fishing, diving, and camping. Keeping fit is important to him, so he enjoys playing tennis, hiking and trekking through the mountains.
James Miller - Mate/Dive Instructor
James was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. His keen interest in scuba diving led him to get certified and he soon become a dive instructor. He started his maritime career on a dive boat in the Bahamas in 2016.
James’ need for knowledge quickly moved him into the engineering side of the dive boats and eventually he also attained his captain’s license. James spent five years running scuba dive charters in the Exuma islands before he made the move onto larger yachts. He cruised throughout the Caribbean and some parts of Europe, though his love of the Bahamas had him returning to the islands aboard M/Y Unbridled, where he is keen to learn more about the industry.
With his sharp wit and good sense of humor, he is ready to share his knowledge of the beautiful Bahamas and its rich marine life with our guests. His years of experience managing professional diving operations, will ensure safe and memorable dive and snorkeling excursions. James is always ready to crack a joke or give a helping a hand where needed.
In his downtime he likes to play guitar and watch scary movies.
Vera Buck - Deck/Stew
Vera was born in Belville, South Africa to German parents and grew up around the greater Cape Town area. As a child, she spent tons of time on the beach in the beautiful coastal town of Kleimond, where she loved to explore the coastline and surrounding areas. In 2015 she decided to spend some time in Germany with her family and while traveling in Southern Italy, she discovered the world of yachting. Soon she had her first job onboard and has since worked on vessels ranging from 80ft – 320ft, cruising all around the Caribbean, Bahamas, and the Mediterranean.
Vera has a background in business management, entrepreneurship, and tourism. Before joining Unbridled, she decided to take a break from yachting and went back to Cape Town for a bit. There she joined a start-up company that develops small inner-city farms, where they plant crops, vegetables, and fruits, to help provide food for those less fortunate in the area. Vera is a true people’s person and with her contagious smile and bubbly personality, she helps guests to be at ease and relaxed from the moment they set foot onboard Unbridled. Her fun-loving and caring attitude is why guest and crew alike, adore her. She is passionate about the environment and nature and she loves spending time outdoors.
When Vera is not working, she enjoys exploring new places, snorkeling, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys reading good books and watching a good movie.