"On my husband’s “bucket” list was sailing on a monohull in the Caribbean. And how unbelievably fortunate we were to find Captain Dave Goodman and “Admiral” Bobbie Rae and their sailboat, the Bel Ami, to allow us to check this off his list. We are senior citizens, were first timers for sailing on a large boat in an ocean, and had only previously experienced the Caribbean through day stops from large cruise ship travels. So we were unsure of what to expect - what to pack, where would we be going, what would we be doing on and off the boat, safety, being with new acquaintances in “close quarters.” But through phone conversations, emails, and preference lists with Captain Dave days before our departure and from our initial interaction with him and Bonnie Rae, we instantly knew we had “scored a home run.”
Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae picked us up in their dingy at Secret Harbor Beach, got us and our luggage aboard, and then Bonnie Rae gave us an informational tour of the boat while Dave prepared the boat for “take off.” This was the first example of the many ways they worked so well together as a team. Our room had plenty of storage, well-appointed (bed with multiple pillows and ocean-themed coverlet), TV with over 100 movies available (we had time for only 1), luxurious towels. Captain Dave reviewed options that were possible for the remainder of the day, based on that day’s weather conditions, where we were, where we could get to, and possible activities at our destination. This was the procedure he followed each day. But being “newbies,” we generally deferred to his expertise. We appreciated being included on making decisions, but his amazing insight, after only a short amount of time, about our personalities, our interests, our physical abilities, led to each day being perfectly designed just for us.
Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae were keen on being sure each part of our trip was to our liking. How does Dave create those awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in that tiny galley? And where does he store all the ingredients? We love all kinds of music and love to dance. Not only did we experience famous island venues for music and dancing, but also Dave’s onboard extensive music selections and his expertise on the accordion, with Bobbie Rae as backup singer, led to dancing and singing on board. No matter your interests, your level of sailing experience, your age, be sure to put a check mark by Bel Ami, Captain Dave and Bonnie Rae."
Guest: Jean M.
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: March 17, 2015