Cruising Area of The Big Dog
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.
Limited WIFI in BVI only
(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.
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.
(1) Stand Up Paddle Board
Hot Dog - 3 person Towable
(1) - 2 person tube
(1) - 1 person tube
If you have not dived in 5 years we ask you take a refresher course before diving from the yacht.
Diving included for Certified divers. Max 1 per day/ 4 per week. No diving first or last day.
The Big Dog Crew Profile
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.
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.
Casual Kosher diet and some specialty diets can easily be accommodated, please inquire.
The Big Dog CalendarAvailableBookedHold (can be challenged)Unavailable
The Big Dog Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Mar 11, 2019||Mar 21, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Apr 11, 2019||Apr 12, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Apr 13, 2019||Apr 20, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|May 18, 2019||May 25, 2019||Hold: Yacht Haven Grand to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|May 27, 2019||Jun 03, 2019||Hold: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jul 06, 2019||Jul 13, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Jul 15, 2019||Oct 20, 2019||Unavailable: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Nov 04, 2019||Nov 08, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Nov 09, 2019||Nov 16, 2019||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Feb 12, 2020||Feb 16, 2020||Hold: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Mar 08, 2020||Mar 17, 2020||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Mar 21, 2020||Mar 28, 2020||Hold: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
The Big Dog Rates / week
|Season||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax|
|Season||6 Pax||7 Pax||8 Pax|
Yacht terms: All Inclusive
The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. 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, premium beverages or scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for The Big Dog.
The Big Dog Special Offer!
Offer: The Big Dog offers $1,000 discount from the charter rate OR 2 kids 14 years and under (sharing a cabin) sail free when accompanied by 2 adults. Specials may not be combined. Charters must start and end in the BVI. Booked and taking place by 31 May 2019. Excluding previously booked charters.
Old price: $21,900 - $25,900 / week
New price: $20,900 - $24,900 / week
Minimum nights: 7
Travel before: May/31/2019
The Big Dog Guest Reviews
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