The Big Dog 62ft Catamaran

Low Season Rate
$24,000 Per Week
High Season Rate
$34,000 Per Week
Boat Length
62ft Leopard
Number of Cabins
4 Queen(s)
Number of People
1 - 8 Guests

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.
Accommodations:
(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.

Image of yacht layout for The Big Dog 62ft Catamaran

Cruising Area

Pref. Pick-up Nanncy Cay BVI, Other Pick-up BVI, Summer & Winter Ports Virgin Islands, Please inquire for other areas

Full Yacht Amenities

  • 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
  • Bimini
  • Special Diets
  • BBQ
  • Hairdryers
  • 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
  • Kneeboard
  • 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
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Lily Pad
  • Hot Dog - 3 person Towable
  • (1) - 2 person tube + (1) - 1 person tube

Charter Information

Yacht Rates in USD

2 pax3 pax4 pax5 pax6 pax7 pax8 pax
S 202324,00025,00026,50028,50029,50033,00034,000
W 2023/2424,00025,00026,50028,50029,50033,00034,000
S 202424,00025,00026,50028,50029,50033,00034,000

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 2023/24:
1-8 guests: $36,000 – 7 night minimum – 24Hr Turn OK – Nanny Cay Ports please
Christmas charter must end no later than the 26th December. New Year charter cannot begin earlier than 28th December.

The Big Dog is a  BVI Based Yacht and uses BVI ports only

**Specials Winter 2023/24 Season**
Family special; if a 7 or 8 pax charter consists of a family with 2 or more children (under 16) take $2,500 off the full (7 nights) 7 or 8 pax rate.
Does not apply to 6 pax or less.
Does not apply at Christmas / New Year

Scuba Onboard

License- Master
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.

Crew Information

Image of crew for The Big Dog 62ft Catamaran

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.

Sample Menu

Breakfast.
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.

Lunch
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.

Hors D’oeuvres
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.

Dinner
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.

Dessert
Key lime pie.
Chocolate rum fudge pie and fresh whipped cream.
Individual baked fruit crumbles
Creme Brulee
Tiramisu
Bananas Foster with ice cream
Pineapple and Szechuan parfait, griddled pineapple, dark Cuban rum caramel

Testimonials from guests on The Big Dog 62ft Catamaran

April 2023
1. Crew Friendliness: A+
2. Crew Knowledge: A++
3. Quality of Service: A++
4. The Professionalism of Crew: A++
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: A++
6. On-Board Cuisine: A++
7. Destination / Location: A++
8. Water-Sports: A++
9. Overall Satisfaction: The entire experience was amazing. Terry and Ruth were wonderful. You can really tell the difference between a seasoned crew and the younger crews we’ve experienced in the past. Terry was always whistling and cheerful, had endless patience teaching us all about Cat vs Mono sailing and the quirks of The Big Dog, answered a thousand questions and never once seemed put out by our endless curiosity and thirst for knowledge.We dove with Terry 3x and he was a wonderful dive master…taking us to 3 sites with a lot of variation and interest. He is always watching out for everyone’s safety above and below the water and has ninja-like abilities to appear with the dinghy just as you need a ride back to the boat from a shore excursion. The condition and layout of The Big Dog is amazing…everything was spotless and ship shape. Spacious cabins, comfortable mooring/anchoring sites, water maker (water pressure was impressive!) and ice maker were a real luxury too!Ruth’s meals were outstanding and she is a warm and cheerful presence on the boat. We loved the size of The Big Dog for 8 of us-her spacious deck space, the big fly deck, the cabins…everything. The layout with the galley being down below made it seem as if meals magically appeared out of nowhere. That was a fun surprise as we hadn’t been on a Cat with that configuration before.We would give this boat and crew our HIGHEST recommendation. This is now our 4th crewed charter in the VI’s and The Big Dog takes the prize in every category. First class crew, first class cuisine, first class vessel.
March 2023

My experience was by far better than I could have imagined. The boat fit all of us perfectly with enough room to find our own space, yet small enough for intimate meals. It was important to all of us to have our own bathrooms, so enough said about that.

Let’s talk crew — Ruth & Terry… I do not know where to start as they were flawless, fun, communicative, smart, detailed+++! Every question we asked about the BVI’s or the ocean in general they could answer. To watch the dynamic duo in their element was a spectacular flow of energy whether it was anchoring, sailing, making beds, meal prep, dive prep, cooking spectacular meals, showing us brilliant dive/snorkel spots and following us around to pick up after us made our journey unforgettable. I highly recommend choosing this crew hands-down! Terry’s sense of humor (his April fools joke got us good!) suggesting to take slow-mo video from his dingy and his quick comebacks kept us laughing. Ruth’s MOST AMAZING meals EVER!!! Nuff said! We are a group of well-traveled individuals, with sophisticated palates and she blew our minds night after night. They are a solid team and so refreshing to watch them do their thing, whatever it was.

Thank you to all of you! You guys make travel dreams come true.

Fondly,
Arden G

 

May 2022 BVI charter
When you arrived, your first impression of the yacht was:
• Wow! She is more beautiful in real life than I could have imagined.What did you think about your accommodation?
Cabins, beds, bathrooms:
• Super clean & comfy! Plenty of space to unpack and put everything away. It was nice not having to bring shampoo, soap, sunscreen, etc.
• Since the fourth room is smaller than the other three, we used it for storing bags, etc. Having the extra space was nice.Salon, cockpit, deck space:
• Fantastic! So many places to sit, relax, and enjoy the adventure. It was perfect for our group of six adults (eight would have felt crowded). The look and feel of the boat was very elegant. Loved the colors, the accents, the furniture, the towels, the coffee mugs, the spice garden, the table settings, everything. There was something just “special” about The Big Dog and her Crew.Was the boat kept clean during your charter (your cabins, the bathrooms/heads, your towels, bedding, the cockpit, the galley)?
• Absolutely – everything was always ship shape. We weren’t expecting our rooms to be tidied every day! What a nice touch.
• They provided re-usable water bottles for each of us, which was not only incredibly convenient (fresh water easily accessible on tap), but it was also a neat souvenir to take home.
• Also loved the Turkish beach towels and the speaker system that we could use to play music from our phones.Did you miss anything on board?
• Can’t think of a thing.What did you enjoy the most on board?
• The food, happy hour cocktails, and the crew.

Please describe your Captain & Chef (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
• From the minute we met both Terry & Ruth, they were so welcoming, friendly, and fun. It was obvious that they truly enjoy what they do, and they have an unassuming way of making their guests feel special. We really enjoyed visiting with them in the evenings and while we were sailing. They are both very engaging and gracious people.

What do you think about your itinerary, the places and bays you visited and the activities you have done?
• We had the perfect variety of activities – from relaxing in secluded bays, to hikes, water sports from the boat, snorkeling excursions, island touring, sailing, etc. All the people Ruth and Terry introduced us to were great – it was evident they wanted to be sure we were in good hands when not with them on The Big Dog.

Please describe your meals (presentation, quality, quantity)
• The meals and cocktails were unbelievable! Truly exceeded our expectations. We had three beautiful meals every day, followed by a dessert / drink combo, and a happy hour cocktail with snacks every afternoon. The presentation and attention to detail did not go un-noticed. From the table setting, to general ambiance and lighting, all was incredible. We always had plenty of food, and everything was delicious. There were snacks out & available all the time, and the bar and fridge were well stocked.

Do you feel the meals and drinks reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?
• Yes – everything we included / excluded on our sheet was honored.

 

April 3 – 9, 2022 Surpassed All Expectations

When you arrived, your first impression of the yacht was:

Surpassed all expectations. The size of the boat, the cleanliness, the overall space – and the amazing welcome from the crew – Terry and Ruth. Booking a yacht on-line can be difficult. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but Els with BVI Charters listened to what I was looking for in both a boat and crew and her recommendations for The Big Dog were spot on.

What did you think about your accommodation?
Cabins, beds, bathrooms:
The cabins were fantastic. VERY clean and very comfortable. Every morning I would walk up to the deck and say good morning to Terry and comment that we had not slept this well in a long time. Very quiet rooms and comfy beds. The bathroom was spotless and more than I expected to find on a boat.

Salon, cockpit, deck space:
We spent the majority of our time in the cockpit and deck/trampolines. The salon was beautiful – great bar and spacious table. Given the beautiful weather and our love for the water, we didn’t really spend any time in the indoor salon (which did have wonderful light/windows/etc. A few of the family used it for playing games later in the evening. The cockpit was perfect and spacious – and very comfortable. It provided some cover from the sun and served as the location for all of our meals.

Was the boat kept clean during your charter (your cabins, the bathrooms/heads, your towels, bedding, the cockpit, the galley)?
The crew cleaned the cabins and bathrooms daily. They remained clean throughout the trip. The rest of the boat was always spotless. Not sure how they found the time to keep up with it given very busy days of sailing, cooking and taking care of us.

Did you miss anything on board?
Absolutely nothing was missed. The boat was well equipped with fun gear for activities and outstanding food and drink!

What did you enjoy the most on board?
The crew. Terry and Ruth became a part of our family. I really can’t put into words how fond we are of them after such a short time. Everything about them, the boat, the fun activities, the time with our kids – it was the best vacation we have ever taken.

Please describe your Captain (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Terry was incredible. Knowledgeable, friendly, engaging and fun. We all enjoyed him. He was happy to “teach” and encouraged everyone to have a good time…all while doing “what you wanted to do” on each day. We thought it was also great that he was excited to get our group out into the water. Whether it was snorkeling, wake boarding, kayaking or rides on the hot dog, he approached it with a grin. He is very knowledgeable about the BVI and various locations to enjoy a variety of activities.

What do you think about your itinerary, the places and bays you visited and the activities you have done?
Wouldn’t have changed a thing. We basically told Terry and Ruth that we where in their hands and open to all of their recommendations. There were a few things that we wanted to check out and they incorporated that into the daily planning. That was a piece we really liked – each morning they would sit down with us and ask what we wanted to do that day. They would then tailor the day accordingly. Each of the bays we spent nights in were beautiful and calm. Terry remained flexible, depending on weather forecast, to determine the right spot to anchor for the night as he wanted it to be as calm as possible. Again, he was spot on. Each day consisted of some sailing and then some “playing” in the water. Terry and Ruth were completely fine if some wanted to have more activity while others rested and enjoyed the boat.

Please describe your chef (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Ruth was amazing! The food definitely surpassed our expectations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – and hors d’oeuvres for evening cocktails – were delicious and beautiful. We were amazed, and beyond impressed, that she was able to create such exceptional food in the boat’s galley. For a week, nothing was repeated and every meal was fantastic. Ruth is lovely. Warm, welcoming, engaging. We could not have been happier.

Please describe your meals (presentation, quality, quantity)
As stated above, each and every meal was amazing. The diversity of menu, the quality of the food, the quality of the ingredients – all fantastic. And each meal was beautifully presented. We could not have found an upscale restaurant that would have provided the same level as Ruth prepared for us. Again, I can’t say enough about her creativity and preparation. The quantity of food was also perfect. There was always plenty and not much waste. She gauged what we ate each day to ensure it was enough and not too much.

Do you feel the meals and drinks reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?
We completed the preference sheet but I didn’t really think they would follow it closely. They did follow it closely. All the elements that we requested prior to our trip, were plentifully stocked. And the personalized menu she prepared and served reflected our comments on the preference sheet. Well done!

Would you sail with us again?
Most definitely! With our three sons all getting married within the next year, it will be a few years before we can come back. But we will for sure! It will be fun to reboard The Big Dog and spend time with Terry and Ruth for our second voyage. We will also be recommending to family, friends and colleagues.

If you had children in your party, what did the crew do to make their vacation special (food, games, toys, etc)?
Our “children” were all in their mid to late 20’s, but it was fun to see Terry and Ruth engage with them. Terry always had something “fun” for them to do. He would “listen” to comments from a particular snorkeling outing and then determine something specific that they would love on the next outing.

 

Multi repeat guests – March 2020
We think of you both so often. Once again, we had the most incredible trip with you on the Big Dog. We keep thinking about all of the delicious meals, the incredible swims, snorkeling, paddling, cocktails, sunshine, we are so grateful to you both for all that you do to make it so heavenly for our whole family. Friends for life. The Garrels
Mid Feb 2020
“Mere words are insufficient to describe the incredible trip and wonderful honeymoon with our friends and the two of you. Your wit, charm, hospitality and fabulous food will stay with us for many years. Thank you for making our sailing trip in paradise so special. Debbie and Patrick Kruczek,
Early February 2020
“On our first visit- 30 years ago, we drove to the airport with tears in our eyes. We knew we had to be back. It will happen again today- this time we feel like we’re leaving family behind”. Brock Johnson, Feb 2020.
New Year Charter 2019 -2020
“We cannot wait to come back. Perfect week on a perfect boat with a perfect crew- we feel like we gained new friends for life. ” The Fletcher family, New year trip 2020.

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