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The Big Dog is a large and spacious 62′ catamaran offering spacious comfort and plenty of lounging area. With 4 guest cabins each with queen berths, TV/VCR/DVD/Stereo, private ensuite electric heads and stall showers. Large main salon has a great bar for happy hour and formal dining area. She has a spacious aft deck for lounging and alfresco dining plus a topside flybridge with padded lounge area to enjoy the refreshing breezes and a spectacular 360 degree view. Forward she has huge trampolines with padded seat backs for comfort.
(4) guest staterooms, each with full A/C, flatscreen TV, Apple TV & stereo, private ensuite bath with electric toilets and stall showers. Midships cabin is a wet head. All guest cabins have access to 110v power at all times.
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All inclusive rates are based on a 7 night charter (1 week) with food, beverages and standard bar, cruising permits and licenses are paid by boat
Taxes, relocation fees may be extra, see below for Charter Information
Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter.
CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S RATES 2019/20:
1-8 guests: $30,000 – 7 night minimum – 24Hr Turn OK – Nanny Cay Ports please
Christmas charters must end no later than the 28th December. New Years week charters cannot begin earlier than 29th December.
The Big Dog – BVI Based Please note that this yacht uses ports in the BVI. Inquire for other.
THE BIG DOG is now offering FREE Private Shuttle USVI to BVI
For guests flying into St Thomas, THE BIG DOG will pay for a transfer to Tortola, on their own private luxury water taxi, for the remaining available dates this season; May 6 – 16, June 4 – 30, 2019 Applies to seven nights or longer/new bookings only .
Diving Info – If you have not dived in 5 years we ask you take a refresher course before diving from the yacht.
Diving Costs – Diving included for up to 5 Certified divers. Max 1 per day/ 4 per week. No diving first or last day.
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- Wonderful and large salon bar for happy hour gatherings
- Formal dining inside or alfresco dining outside
- Padded top deck lounge area
- All guest cabins have Apple TV
- iPod/Device Hookups
- Sun Awning
- Deck Shower
- Special Diets
- 21 Port Hatchs
- Guests Smokes on stern steps
- Children are Welcome
- Water Maker
- Ice Maker
- Sailing Instructions
- Internet Access- Onboard WIFI
- Green Initiatives - Make purified drinking water
- Re-usable water bottles
- Yacht uses earth friendly and bio-degradable cleaning products when available
- Local products purchased when available and organic products when available
- 15 ft Dinghy size with centre console and 60Hp engine
- Water Skis for Adult & Kids
- Snorkel Gear
- 2 x 1 man Kayaks
- Floating Mats
- Swim Platform on Scoop sterns with Boarding Ladder
- Beach Games
- SU Paddle Boards
- Non fishing vessel
- Lily Pad
- Hot Dog - 3 person Towable
- (1) - 2 person tube + (1) - 1 person tube
- Pref. Pick-up Nanncy Cay BVI
- Other Pick-up BVI
- Summer & Winter Ports Virgin Islands
- Please inquire for other areas
- All rates are for the entire boat and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation
- Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter
- All guests over 18 yrs wishing to fish in BVI must purchase a BVI license prior to boarding ask us for information
- Marina dockage if applicable upon the request of the charter guests is not included
- Fine wines champagnes and top shelf liquors are not included and can be purchased upon request of the charter guests at their expense
- Hurricane Season is from 1st June to end of November and it is imperative that all guests purchase trip insurance. Yacht's are not responsible for clients shore side expenses if charter cancelled for named storm (this includes meals hotels transportation as well as air transport)
- Most yachts will allow client to rebook unused dates within 6 months of cancellation (excluding holidays)
Crew Profiles Terry and Ruth Ross from Ireland
Together Ruth and Terry have been running boats- both charter and private- for 14 years. They have sailed across the Atlantic together 4 times, worked in the Bahamas, many of the Caribbean Islands, the Mediterranean and around the Irish coast. They arrived in the British Virgin Islands 8 years ago and knew almost immediately that this was where they would make their home.
They are a very welcoming couple who work as a team in all aspects of the running of the boat. It is very important to them that each guest that they welcome on board The Big Dog enjoys every moment of their stay and has a holiday to remember forever.
Terry has been messing around on boats since he was a child. He started sailing dinghies and then moved onto larger boats. Despite being a qualified electrician he always yearned to turn his hobby into a career, and following his first trans Atlantic crossing with friends, he decided to do just that. He is a commercially endorsed MCA Yachtmaster (both sail and power). He has also been both helm and launching authority for his local branch of Ireland’s volunteer lifeboat service.
His other great passion is diving and he looks forward to showing the delights that the Caribbean has to offer to The Big Dog’s guests. Diving is included for certified divers only. For non certified divers, the crew can arrange a rendezvous with one of the local dive companies . For those guests who do not wish to dive, Terry and Ruth are really happy to bring their guests snorkelling and show them the underwater world from the surface!
Ruth also sailed from a very young age, and worked as a teacher before joining Terry for a career in sailing. She has always enjoyed cooking and has taken cookery courses in places such as Ashburton Chef’s Academy in Devon, England and Dunbrody House Cookery School in Wexford, Ireland. She cooks a diverse range of meals, and particularly loves using local fresh produce whenever possible. She is more than happy to accommodate any special dietary requests. Casual Kosher diet and some specialty diets can easily be accommodated, please inquire.
All breakfasts served with fresh fruit, juice, toast, cereal, freshly brewed coffee or tea.
Eggs Benedict with your choice of smoked salmon or canadian bacon.
Maple and Pecan baked french toast
Egg Quesadillas served with fresh tomato and avocado salsa.
Sausage, crispy bacon and creamy scrambled eggs.
Granola, yoghurt and fresh fruit parfait.
Spinach and feta frittata.
Provencal style baked eggs.
Caesar salad with homemade dressing and croutons. Served with chicken or shrimp.
Salade Nicoise with seared fresh tuna.
“Build your own burger”; homemade beef patties with a range of sides to chose from!
Shrimp and smoked salmon salad with horseradish cream and ginger lime vinaigrette.
BBQ ribs, served with potato salad and green salad.
Crab and avocado tian.
Tuna tartare with avocado and wonton crisps.
Filo wrapped shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce.
Mini pizza pinwheels.
Tomato and fresh basil bruschetta.
Mezze platter of hummus, tapenade, tzatziki and olives.
Conch fritters with spicy cocktail sauce.
Buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese sauce.
Spinach and artichoke dip with garlic pita triangles.
Filet mignon with caramelised onion and red wine sauce, oven roast potatoes, roast broccoli and almonds and cauliflower puree.
Pistachio crusted mahi mahi with leek puree, asparagus and parmesan polenta discs, with beurre blanc sauce.
Pork tenderloin in a creamy orange sauce, baked rice, steamed green beans and mange tout.
Chilean sea bass with moroccan salsa, mint and walnut couscous, cauliflower with cumin and almonds.
Pasta a la vodka with garlic shrimp skewers and fresh green salad.
Asian buffet of seared marinated salmon, hoi sin beef, asian style noodles, edemame, stir fried mixed vegetables.
Thai green curry with chicken, steamed jasmine rice.
Key lime pie.
Chocolate rum fudge pie and fresh whipped cream.
Individual baked fruit crumbles
Bananas Foster with ice cream
Pineapple and Szechuan parfait, griddled pineapple, dark Cuban rum caramel
THE BIG DOG GUESTS COMMENTS
This was our 5th BVI charter and the first for us on The Big Dog with Ruth & Terry. Ruth & Terry were great. They made us feel comfortable and right at home. the trip was amazing from the diving, the snorkeling, the food, the painkillers and the bushwhackers. We highly recommend The Big Dog.
The trip was fantastic!! From the time we met Terry and Ruth at the dock and boarded the Big Dog until our departure on Scrub Island nothing could have been better. The yacht was in great condition, very comfortable and well stocked. We cruised and sailed to so many great islands and always felt safe. Terry and Ruth, they must be the best team in the BVI’s!! Very professional and lots of fun. And Ruth is a great cook with a menu that couldn’t have been better. And Terry’s “cocktail of the day” was just great too! I can’t say enough about them. We felt like friends together.
I could go on and on, on a 1-10 scale the experience was a solid 10.
We plan on doing this again in the future and hope Terry and Ruth will be available to charter us.
Thank you also for making this trip work.
Art & JoAnne
New Years 2018/19
Our family of seven had the trip of a lifetime with Ruth and Terry Ross aboard The Big Dog. The sailing was beautiful and relaxing. Our grown children enjoyed all the toys on board with water skiing, tubing, scuba diving, paddle boards and sea kayaking. Terry and Ruth are so gracious and accommodating. The food on board was 5 star gourmet. How Ruth does it in the galley kitchen is pure magic! The menus were varied and the food was delicious and plentiful. The boat is immaculately maintained with plenty of room to spread out and relax.
My only regret is that the trip ended after an amazing week in the BVI. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Kathleen M and Family, Jan. 7th, 2019
Without a doubt we hope to do it again
The entire yacht was gleaming, welcoming, and set a great tone. The cabins and beds were slightly larger than expected. The bathrooms were well designed and had all needed equipment. Terry & Ruth did a phenomenal job keeping everything tidy and clean. Towels were changed out during the week and everything was comfortable.
There was more than enough space for all six of us to spread out and relax. The front netting was a fantastic place from which to enjoy the boat under sail. The yacht had a great mix of lounging space with each of us being able to sun or shade at will.
I was never once nervous with Terry at the helm. He was patient and explained all questions thoroughly. He was incredible when interacting with the kids!
It is very apparent Terry knows the area well. He created a good mix of secluded coves and those with more activity. The dives were well thought out, as well as the snorkeling experiences.
Ruth is a treasure! How anyone prepares five star meals in a galley that small is beyond me! She went above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoyed every meal. The desserts were also INCREDIBLE
Ruth and Terry both did a great job with the two teenagers on board. The absolute best endorsement I can share is that the sixteen year old (very social and at first not thrilled with being away from friends) didnt want to go home!!
Without a doubt we hope to do it again in the next few years but only with Terry & Ruth!
Trip of a Lifetime
We had a trip of a lifetime and Terry and Ruth were absolutely brilliant. It was a great match for what we wanted and they could not have been better for us and especially the kids, who all came back having had a wonderful time in the BVIs and the sailing was fantastic, food terrific.
Unfortunately we nearly missed our flight back thanks to the terrible Liat Air who I never want to go near again! As they say time to spare, fly Liat Air
Thanks for all the help
David and Elizabeth
To the crew of The Big Dog
After a year of looking forward to this trip, the planning, the hype, etc… The risk was we would have built things up too much. Not the case. Quite the opposite. Everything was perfect.
The cruising, snorkeling, diving, etc.. all great meals, snacks and booze all 5-star.
Thank you for taking the time to make our trip so special.
We all leave with a beautiful shared memory.
Lynn & Bruce Fetter
11-5-2016 to 11-12-2016
Big Dog, huge fun! Thanks for a great sail and awesome meals.
If anyone asked us to describe “The Big Dog” experience in one word, it would be INDULGENT.
Thank you for every detail, It was the BEST!
Karl & Cindy Danielson