The Big Dog Description
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.
Cruising Area of The Big Dog
Limited WIFI in BVI only
(4) guest staterooms, each with full A/C, flat screen 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.
The Big Dog has installed UVC air sterilisation systems into the Air Conditioning units.
We also use a UVC steriliser on mattresses, pillows and hard surfaces between every charter, to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone on board.
UV-C light at appropriate dosages can eliminate many types of fungi, molds, bacteria, viruses (inc. SARS-COV-2) as well as other microorganisms. All pathogens can be eliminated from air passing through the Air Conditioning units.
These are just two of the many steps that we have taken to help keep our guests safe and comfortable during their wonderful vacation in the British Virgin Islands.
(2) Stand Up Paddle Board
Hot Dog - 3 person Towable
(1) - 2 person tube
(1) - 1 person tube
2 Sea Scooters
If you have not dived in 5 years we ask you take a refresher course before diving from the yacht.
Diving included for up to 3 Certified divers. Max 1 per day/ 3 per week. No diving first or last day.
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.
The Big Dog Crew Profile
Terry has been messing around on boats since he was a child. Growing up on the east coast of Ireland, he started sailing dinghies and soon graduated onto larger boats. Even as a qualified electrician and optical technician, Terry yearned to turn his sailing hobby into a career. After his first trans-Atlantic crossing with friends, he did just that. A commercially endorsed MCA Yachtmaster (both sail and power), Terry previously served as both helm and launching authority for his local branch of Ireland´s volunteer lifeboat service.
With almost 40 years diving experience and a passion for underwater photography, he enjoys sharing the delightful depths of the BVI with The Big Dog´s guests. Diving is included for certified divers only. For non-certified divers, the crew will arrange a rendezvous with one of the local dive companies for an introduction to the pleasures of the deep. For guests who do not wish to dive, Terry and Ruth are happy to accompany their snorkeling guests in viewing the underwater world from the surface.
Ruth also sailed the Irish east coast from a very young age. She was also a volunteer crew for the lifeboat service. Their combined lifeboat experience makes safety a priority for all on board. Before joining Terry in a sailing career Ruth was a teacher. She always enjoyed cooking however and widened her culinary expertise with courses at Ashburton Chef´s Academy in Devon, England and Dunbrody House Cookery School in Wexford, Ireland, The Ritz, Paris and Cooks Academy in Dublin. Ruth prepares a diverse range of meals, and particularly loves using local fresh produce whenever possible. She will happily accommodate any special dietary requests.
Ruth and Terry have been running boats, both charter and private, for 16 years. They have clocked up tens of thousands of sea miles. They crossed the Atlantic together 4 times. They have worked in the Bahamas, many of the Caribbean Islands, the Mediterranean and around the Irish and UK coasts. When they arrived in the British Virgin Islands more than 10 years ago, the realization that this is where they would make their home was almost immediate.
They are a warm welcoming couple that works as a team in all aspects of the running of the boat. It is important to them that each guest on board The Big Dog enjoys every moment of their stay. They especially love chartering with kids on board (and adults are welcome too!)
Crew are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.
The Big Dog CalendarAvailableBookedHold (can be challenged)Unavailable
The Big Dog Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Jan 13, 2022||Jan 20, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jan 22, 2022||Jan 29, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jan 31, 2022||Feb 04, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Feb 06, 2022||Feb 14, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Feb 20, 2022||Feb 27, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Mar 02, 2022||Mar 08, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Mar 11, 2022||Mar 18, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Mar 20, 2022||Mar 28, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Apr 03, 2022||Apr 09, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Apr 11, 2022||Apr 20, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Apr 21, 2022||Apr 28, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|May 05, 2022||May 12, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|May 14, 2022||May 25, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|May 27, 2022||Jun 06, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jun 09, 2022||Jun 19, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jun 22, 2022||Jun 30, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jul 01, 2022||Jul 07, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jul 09, 2022||Jul 16, 2022||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Jul 17, 2022||Oct 17, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Dec 19, 2022||Dec 26, 2022||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Dec 27, 2022||Dec 27, 2022||Unavailable: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Feb 27, 2023||Mar 08, 2023||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Mar 11, 2023||Mar 18, 2023||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jul 01, 2023||Nov 01, 2023||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
The Big Dog Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $21,900
High price: $26,900
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Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for The Big Dog.
The Big Dog Guest Reviews
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.
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