|Guest cabin configuration:|
|4 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Children Min. Age||7 Years|
|Half Board Available||Yes|
|Home port||Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
The Big Dog is a 62ft Leopard crewed catamaran offering 4 guest cabins each with queen berths, entertainment systems, private en-suite electric bathroom and showers.
The yacht's main salon has a bar for happy hour and formal dining area. The Big Dog 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 large trampolines with padded seat backs for comfort.
The Big Dog is a way to vacation together while still having your own space. There are many places to be aboard the yacht while your Captain sails you from island to island. There is always a place to relax in solitude, soak up the tropical sun and savor the warm breezes. There is also plenty of room to gather with friends and family in the spacious salon or cockpit. The views of the crystal clear Caribbean blue water are beautiful from every spot aboard your private crewed catamaran.
Home port: Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Deduct $175 per person for 7 night charters. Requires 3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense. Pro-rate for less than 7 nights.
All guest cabins have access to 110v power at all times.
(1) Stand Up Paddle Board, Football, Frisbee, Lily Pad, Hot Dog - 3 person Towable, (1) - 2 person tube, (1) - 1 person tube,
Frank & Denise
Frank has led a diverse and different life. He was born on a ranch in the Nevada high desert. Before he could walk, he was riding horses. He spent his teenage and early adult years riding the range, mending fences, breaking horses, and tending to cattle while working as a wrangler on local ranches.
All that experience with ropes and lines came in handy when Frank decided to learn how to sail. His learning experiences occurred mostly in the San Francisco Bay. However, after doing some sailing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he decided the warmer weather was better, and when an opportunity arose for him to Captain a yacht from Peru into the Caribbean, he jumped on it. He has been a successful charter boat Captain since 2011. He loves meeting and sharing the island experience with guests. He holds his USCG 100T Masters License and STCW-95.
Although born and raised a desert rat, Frank has always been called to the sea. He began scuba diving in 1989 and fell in love with the sport. He spent several years diving the West and Northwest coast from Washington to Southern California. Frank has been a PADI professional for over 25 years, and was a Dive Master and Assistant instructor prior to acquiring is PADI O/W Scuba Instructor certification in 2008 in Kona, Hawaii where he trained many people to dive. Frank is a natural born teacher and can help just about anyone feel at ease in the water. ..read more
Denise is a true Island Girl, having been born in the Azores. Her parents had her in the ocean before she could crawl. She traveled extensively as an Air Force "Brat." Denise first learned to sail in a pond in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and then much later in life in the San Francisco Bay. Longing for warmer water, she spent time sailing in Florida. Denise also spent time as First Mate on a charter boat in Kona, Hawaii and loved taking her guests to swim and play with wild dolphins.
Denise became a NAUI Scuba Instructor in 2005 and a PADI Scuba Instructor in 2008. She has been diving for over 25 years. Diving is her passion. She has a well-trained eye for finding things underwater that most people don't see. Her greatest pleasure in life is sharing the underwater experience with guests whether it is on SCUBA or during her famous snorkel safaris.
When she is not in the water with guests, she spends her time as chef and stew making sure guests are well-cared for. Denise says that cooking is her other passion and believes it is a form of meditation. She provides a diverse menu specializing in fresh, local ingredients and has always received great praises for the meals she prepares. She is more than happy to accommodate special dietary requests. Denise also holds a USCG 100 Ton Master License and STCW-95, as well as several ASA certificates.
Frank and Denise are an amazing team. They have sailed extensively through the Caribbean chain, having brought their previous boat from the west coast of Peru through the Panama Canal, into South America, and up the Caribbean Chain. They have enjoyed many adventures and can't wait to share your next one with you.
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
Hours required between charters: 48 pref
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard The Big Dog!
Dear Denise & Frank,
If our lives are the collections of stories we compose about ourselves, then this week on The Big Dog will claim its own chapter. Though each destination offered up its secrets and its treasures, the journey itself, curated with great care by the two of you was unquestionably the highlight.
When we count all the considerable blessings our lives will include this week - and your generosity and kindness among them.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Rachel, Josh, Teddy, Tom, Becket, Lucinda, Hannah, Sasha
Jeff and I are deeply grateful for the week you have so graciously provided for us. Your hospitality is unsurpassed. Thank you for taking such good care of us, anticipating every need, always alert to the individual preferences of our group. We hope to be friends forever.
The Big Dog is a fine vessel with all the comforts including a magic kitchen from which fabulous meals appear daily. Thank you Denise. We so appreciate your knowledge of the these islands and the flexibility to guide us to the perfect place everyday. We are already looking forward to our new trip together.
Doris and Jeff M.
Denise & Frank,
What a time we've had these 8 days! Thanks so much for sharing these islands with us from the turtles to stingrays, sea cucumbers, tarpon, fan coral, lobsters, and squid. You two set a tone for the most enjoyable trip - wonderful culinary moments and meals. We loved the spontaneous ride to the Rhone and your stories/history of so many spots in the BVI - WE WANT TO STAY!
We will start sharing photos & videos and will hope to sail again with you two soon.
Susan and Bob N.
San Antonio, TX
Our charter was just amazing! I'm already missing Frank and Denise, phenomenal people both, who are superb at their work.
We've chartered a boat here in the BVI's before and our experience w Frank and Denise on the Big Dog was so far superior that they didn't compare!
The dive spots were excellent and Frank did a refresher/check out dive w everyone first which I surely appreciated. He's and excellent dive master and gave everyone great confidence in his skill and knowledge. We were gifted w a CD of our dives at the end of our trip.
The food was over the top delicious and plentiful. Always elegantly presented. We had three vegetarian aboard and she adeptly modified their meals to perfection! They were thrilled and so appreciative. Denise obviously reviewed our preference lists with care and interest and shopped w great care. Frank is great with the grill!
The Big Dog is a beautiful and spacious boat. They take great pride in her and are always making sure that she is well cared for by everyone aboard. That also held through with the dive equipment which was new and in excellent condition.
Everything exceeded our expectations. Most impressive was Denise's help in my husbands covert planning of a ceremony on Sandy Spit to renew our marriage vows. She even procured a wedding bouquet for us and officiated at the ceremony!
The whole family was thrilled with the trip and it goes into the memory banks as one of our best adventures. I don't usually write reviews but this one is five golden stars!
Nothings sums up an adventure like a good song. . .
A mountain man who saved the seas
Holy Ship where are the trees.
30 knots, that's fairly stout
Main Sail up & Genoa Out
Quickly now, trim the sails
or I'll put you out to swim with the whales
Captain Frank runs this ship,
Don't ya dare give him lip
You'll be bound hand to heel
and wrapped around The Big Dog's keel
Mate Denise sails strong & true
you can count on her to fatten the crew
with food so good the pirates cry
streaming tears from their wooden eye
Thanks you two for the amazing week and the wonderful company! The vegetarian food was super, so a special thank you to you Denise for going the extra mile! I might not have room in Baltimore, but if you find yourselves out that way or in Santa Cruz give a holler.
Dear Frank & Denise - This trip was fantastic - so many great dives and snorkels and highlights from each island. Your extensive knowledge and willingness to share your enthusiasm for sailing and the BVI really made the experience. I'll remember the lovely chats we had while underway, and your remarkable ability to identify all of the curious fish and critters we saw below the surface. Both of your hospitality, Denise's fantastic vegetarian cooking(!) and Frank's tasty painkiller made the trip so comfortable and lively! Make sure to let me know if you're diving cold water in Monterey Bay!
Dearest Denise & Frank,
Epic week with the two of you and our family! We had high expectations and you two along with The Big Dog exceeded them all! Exquisite cuisine, extraordinary organization, fabulous diving & "snorkeling" along with the hikes and site seeing.
Our beautiful wedding with conch shells singing and pirate flowers on Sandy Spit will live in my memories forever. Thank you for all that you did to make it so unique and special. So much of what you two did was above and beyond the call of duty.
We will be back to the magnificent BVI's and hope that you will be with us.
With gratitude, appreciation & much love,
Lisa & David
This has sure been an unforgettable holiday for the Cooney Family. Highlights include dolphin sightings, tubing with Frank, Michael Bean Show, Denise's AMAZING cooking, learning to spot the octopus' garden, and Frank's killer dance moves.
There are countless more memories that I do not have the time to write down. The Big Dog is sure a special boat, but it wouldn't be nearly as great without you two as our amazing crew.
We came as strangers and are leaving as family --> which means we will be coming back at some point. You are stuck with us now!
Happy Holidays and a huge Thank you,
Madeleine Cooney, Daniel Cooney, Therese Cooney, Peggy Cooney
Denise & Frank,
What a lovely cruise. We are so grateful for everything you did to make this a trip of a lifetime.
Billy and Peggy Cooney
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
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
What a wonderful adventure!
Everything was "WOW" for us!
Always a smile on your faces :-) making us feel welcome and special. So happy we were the first sail of the season - we will be back for more BIG DOG fun!
Steve and Gale Turpen
Unbelievable time with Frank & Denise. Let The Big Dog roll!! Woot Woot!
2nd - Food - Amazing
3rd - You made us feel so special!!
4th - Every stop was perfect
5th - You thought of everything
So organized, so much attention to detail.
You are now great friends
Thank you both for making this such a wonderful trip when we needed it the most!
Each day was better than the one before, which is quite a feat, because every day was incredible!
Please come sail the bay with us!
Jeff and Janet Patry
Thank you Frank and Denise for an amazing vacation spent with our family of six. We will never forget a minute of it.
Thank you for showing us the wonderful snorkeling sights, fun bars and shopping. You showed us a wide variety of activities, paid attention to what we liked most and catered our trip.
The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The boat was extremely comfortable and welcoming.
Only positive adjectives can be used to describe our trip and we look forwad o being with and sailing with Frank and Denise again!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
The kids loved Frank and Denise's awesome food! Memories for a lifetime!"
The Taylor Crew
The Weir Family charter
We ventured from the land of ice & snow to escape reality for a week. This was truly a trip of a lifetime for all of us. Frank and Denise, our new friends, were extremely hospitable, knowledgeable of the sea, boat, diving, snorkeling, sailing, rum concoctions, fresh foods, delicious meals, fun expressions (Frankisms). We couldnt have asked for a better experience.
The Everhart-Nelson charter
Denise & Frank if only words could describe the time we had with you! WONDERFUL!...may say time of our lives, proof a natural chemistry as our parents dont speak/understand English. Amazing people, amazing food, amazing mood. Every single second was lived to the very bottom of our hearts. THANK YOU/DEKUJEME!
Zaludova family from the Czech Republic
We had an AMAZING time!! The boat was spectacular and Frank and Denise made the trip extra special. (The one thing missing was boat cats.) We wish we could stay another week and plan to return as soon as we can. Thanks so much for a wonderful vacation.
The Rice family (return guests each season)
WOW! Our family trip was the BEST it could be. Capt. Frank and Admiral Denise you are amazing hosts. Our dive trips, snorkeling, shore- excursions, food, island & dive knowledge, fun rum drink concoctions, sailing skills, compassion, kindness and all around people skills are stellar. Once we learned the ropes and started to relax our vacation was the best. Weve done the Virgin Islands many times and this was by FAR the BEST. BFF!!
The Dellinger family
Denise & Frank you truly get the meaning of family. You quickly meshed in to our lives, as you were a part of our family. And in turn you made our trip incredible! The snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing, sailing and exploring were fabulous. The patience you both had with our girls and looking out for their welfare helped us to fully relax and escape. Thank you for making Jons birthday trip everything that we expected and more! Please keep in touch. We hope to see you soon.
Wagner family charter
We will miss you dearly, this has been the experience of a lifetime. Between the food and the sights, I dont think we could possibly think of a better way to spend our vacation! Bruce & Tammy
The Schulz Family