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Admiral Bobbie Rae and Captain Dave are committed to providing you and yours the ultimate sailing vacation experience for 1 couple. So please read on, and please come sail with us and create precious vacation memories that will last your lifetime.
Unlike other yachts, we specialize in only 1 couple aboard. We provide the perfect getaway on your own private non-smoking crewed yacht. Being the only couple onboard, you are treated like royalty. Do what you want, when you want. You have the freedom to explore, discover, and experience new adventures everyday. Your voyage is personalized and is a customized vacation tailored to you and your desires. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae are committed to providing you the dream sailing vacation experience of a lifetime. Feel the wind and sun as you glide through the majestic and unspoiled Virgin Islands. Visit beautiful palm-tree lined beaches, hike lush trails, snorkel and view the bountiful underwater world of coral, sea fans, and multitudes of fish.
Our 7 day cruise begins in St. Thomas. On a typical day you will leisurely awaken to another beautiful day in paradise, and we may sail for perhaps 1-2 hours to another more beautiful anchorage. Depending upon your cruising preferences, you may spend the majority of your time off the vessel visiting the local beach bar, snorkeling, hiking, eating out, shopping. Alternatively, you may wish to remain aboard reading, sunbathing on deck, or swimming snorkeling from the vessel. The choice is always yours.
The following is a sample itinerary:
Day 1: Board the vessel at noon on the east side of St. Thomas. Sail to Leinster Bay on St. John and snorkel Waterlemon Cay. Hike up to the ruins overlooking the bay, and visit the Annenberg Sugar Mill ruins.
Day 2: Check into the BVI at Soper's Hole, West End of Tortola. Then sail to Norman Island and enjoy the beach bar amenities at Pirates Bight, snorkel the Indians and the Caves, party at the Willi T at night, and next day go for a morning hike along the ridge line. Truly enjoy the original 'Treasure Island.'
Day 3: Continue sailing up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, visiting Salt Island and making a snorkel stops at the Wreck of the Rhone to visit one of the most sought after dive/snorkel spots in the world. End up drinking painkillers at the sunset bar at Cooper Island Beach Resort.
Day 4: The Bathes. This is one of the 'must see' spots in the islands. Huge granite boulders toppled on one another from long ago volcanic activity, forming many intricate passages and tidal pools (hence the name 'Bathes'). Snorkel, swim, sun, hike, enjoy the local beach bar. Then enjoy a sunset sail up to Gorda Sound, home of the Bitter End Resort, Saba Rock, Biras Creek, and Leverick Bay. Enjoy the Michael Bean's Pirate Happy Arrrr, or view the Mocko Jumbies. Snorkel in the incredible Eustachia Sound.
Day 5: Anageda, known as the 'Forbidden Paradise.' Surrounded by dangerous fringing reef, Anagada is generally off limits to most charter boats unless the skipper demonstrates sufficient experience. Travel to the north side beaches for miles and miles of incredible sand and some of the best snorkeling anywhere. And the lobster...delicious!
Day 6: Jost Van Dyke. Discover the Soggy Dollar Bar, and home of the original pain killer. Climb to the weather station at the top of the island. Dance the night away at Foxys, the #2 New Years Eve Destination in the world.
Day 7: Sail back to St. Thomas. On the way, visit Cruz Bay, St. John, to check into US Customs and Immigration and to shop at many of the fine establishments.
Additional cruise notes: The above sample itinerary is written to give you a flavor of what's possible. Some guests come aboard with well defined notions of what they would like to see and do. Others leave it strictly up to Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae to serve as their travel guides. Either way, our promise to you is that we will do everything possible to ensure your complete cruising satisfaction.
Bel Ami is an Amel 53 SuperMaramu, a 53 foot monohull sailboat designed specifically as a world cruising boat. Built in Rochelle, France, she is one of the finest sailboats ever built, with a legendary reputation among cruising sailors. Not typically found in charter fleets, she stands out as an example of safety and seaworthiness. She is equipped with safety features that meet or exceed all United States Coast Guard requirements. She is constantly updated with the latest in sailing technology, including motorized sail controls, electronic navigation charts, satellite communication system. Bel Ami is designed to assure your comfort and safety.
Other amenities include a 6 man dinghy with 15 horsepower engine (the "family car"); 2 person kayak; onboard movie library; complete galley kitchen; internet access in most places we visit; snorkel equipment.
The aft master cabin is all yours: has an oversized queen mattress that is heaven itself. The bed is surrounded by cushioned walls that demarcate your private intimate space. There is ample cabinet space for all your clothes and personal belongings. There is also a built-in vanity with mirror, electric outlets, personal fans, air-conditioning, LED lighting throughout, 6 feet 4 inch headroom.
On deck you will find a spacious very comfortable cockpit complete with bimini sun shades with side shade curtains. Our music system allows you to play your own favorite tunes The stern (back of the boat) steps down to the water, making it exceptionally easy to go for a swim. The well constructed board ladder is simple to use.
The Bel Ami unique difference is that we only take 1 couple aboard. Most other sailing charter operators cater to multiple couples, thereby allowing for lower costs overall by sharing costs. Because we cater to only 1 couple, you are afforded a level of privacy and luxury that is unmatched.
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Note: Clothing Optional by request.
Ahoy, mateys! We are Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae.
Captain Dave fell in love with the Virgin Islands in 1977 and has been sailing here since. He began sailing on Long Island Sound as a teenager. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison and sailed extensively with the U.W. Hoofers. He graduated the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1977 and did his first bareboat charter in the Virgin Islands for a graduation gift. What a gift it was! He was hooked! He returned to Wisconsin and began racing Hobie Cats and sailing on the Great Lakes. He also sailed in the Pacific Northwest(Seattle, Puget Sounds, San Juan Islands) The Med(French and Italian Riviera).
Admiral Bobbie Rae was born in Louisiana and moved to Green Bay Wisconsin (Let's go Packers!) as a child. She grew up in Green Bay, got a degree in Horticulture, and operated her own Horticulture business for 31 years, serving the greater Green Bay community. She is an accomplished metal artist, and is always seeking outlets for her abundant creative energies. Her lifelong dream was to be living on a sailboat, and she joined Captain Dave aboard Bel Ami in 2011, and hasn't looked back. She lends her creativity to all those niceties that make the difference for a really great sailing vacation experience. In February 2015 Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae officially tied the knot, and plan to continue sailing together for the rest of their lives!
Captain Dave Goodman purchased this yacht in 2007
It has been Captain Dave's lifelong dream to live on a sailboat and sail the world's oceans. He has sailed extensively throughout the Bahamas and east Caribbean, from Bimini to Grenada, and looks forward to eventually sailing around the world! For now, sharing the joy of his sailing experience with others gets him up in the morning! He purchased Bel Ami because she is a world class cruising sailboat. She is uniquely designed with electronic sail controls, bowthruster, and modern navigational equipment. She also has ocean going safety equipment including liferaft, emergency beacon, and man overboard equipment.
What sets Bel Ami Voyages apart from the rest of the charter fleet is that we specialize in taking only 1 guest couple aboard. The vast majority of charter boats cater to 2 or more couples, families or groups. By being the only guest couple aboard, you only have to concern yourselves with your own agenda, and you are the sole beneficiary of the attentions of Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae, whose job it is to provide everything you require for a spectacular trip-guaranteed! You can rest assured that Captain Dave and 1st Mate Bobbie Rae will see to your complete satisfaction, or your money back! There is no other charter company in the industry that provides such a guarantee!
To be able to get up in the morning, smell the salt air and feel the wind blow through your hair, jump in the water for a quick splash or a long swim, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the cockpit, cast off the bow lines or weigh anchor and sail to the next location more beautiful than before, watch the rainbows, bask in the sunlight, hear the silent running of the sails as Bel Ami glides through the deep blue waters, end up at the next quite and safe anchorage, go ashore for sunset libation or remain in the cockpit for happy hour, swim, snorkel, or absolutely do nothing...really enjoying heaven on earth!
Thank you for all your attentions during the trip, Keith and I had such a wonderful time.
We recently returned from an amazing vacation aboard the beautiful Bel Ami with Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae. Our trip was quite an adventure, unlike any vacation we’ve experienced before. The islands are beautiful; each stop was breathtaking and exciting in it’s own way. The Bel Ami is a very comfortable place to call home for a week. Our stateroom was cozy and private, the common areas were spacious and inviting and Bobbie Rae kept the whole boat so clean and tidy.
Captain Dave is a superb sailor, an experienced guide and an amazing chef. It is clear he has decades of sailing experience and a deep understanding and love of the Virgin Islands. He tailored our week to our interests and was willing to change plans to accommodate our unique preferences. When we discovered how much we loved kayaking off the boat and that we weren’t interested in snorkeling (shocker!) Captain Dave spent extra nights in perfect kayaking locations. He guided us on the most amazing hikes that we never would have found on our own. And we were continually amazed by the delicious food and drink Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae provided. The frittata a la Bel Ami, yellow split pea soup, fried grouper and banana daiquiris were some of our favorites. Everything was homemade, fresh and a perfect compliment to our days on the islands.
A few of our most memorable experiences include a hike across a forested mountain on St. John in the pouring rain, celebrating life and love with the pirates at Happy Arrr and an accordion serenade under the stars by the Captain himself. And each of these experiences would not have been possible without Captain Dave, Bobbie Rae and the Bel Ami. Thank you all for the stories, the memories and the adventure!
This was truely a relaxing adventure with world class new friends. My partner and I spent a week aboard the Bel Ami early November. From the time we landed in St.Thomas until we took off, we were pampered by Captain Dave and Admiral Bobby Rae. They anticipated our needs, from suggesting hikes, taking us to beautiful snorkling spots, to cooking gourmet meals, and surprising us with delicious drinks. Although not new to the boating world, our accomadations exceeded our expectations. We had plenty privacy in our relatively spacious quarter, and enjoyed the efficiency of the amenities on board. We often left it up to Captain Dave to decide where to set his sails, and he never took short cuts, and every place we visited was charming, and some were really magical.
We were looking at spending a week, reliving some of my boyfriend's early memory, and celbrating our love, and friendship. We wanted a laid back escapade indulging in the beauty of the Carribean. Bel ami, Captain David, and Admiral Bobby Rae delivered this and more.
My wife and I spent a week aboard the Bel Ami for the week of the July 4th, 2016. From the moment we arrived in St. Thomas it was a dream vacation. Dave picked us up at the airport and wisked us away to a lunch with a view. Soon we were aboard the Bel Ami and set sail. I'm a pretty novice sailor to say the least, and my wife had never even been aboard a sail boat in her life. Its pretty comical to see her face as we set out in to the open winds of the Caribbean and keeled the boat over pretty good the first time. Dave and Bobbie Rae quickly gained trust in our sea legs and we sailed the majority of the USVI's and BVI's over the course of our trip. Each night after dinner, we'd pull out the old map and decide on our adventure for the next day. We snorkeled for hours, toured various beach bars, watched live music, saw the pirate bar on Norman Island, snorkeled in caves, went to the baths at Virgin Gorda, and finished at the most amazing beach at Jost Van Dike. Captain Dave is a modern day renaissance man (Sailor, singer, musician, doctor, cook) and Bobbie Rae is his equal companion. She's literally one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met.
If you want a laid back adventure at one of the most beautiful places in the world, look no further than the Bel Ami. The ship itself is a very heavy luxury sail boat. We had plenty of room in our cabin and our own bathroom. We hope to return sometime in the coming years to re-live our amazing experience.
We recently returned from an amazing week-long charter on the Bel Ami with Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae. We booked the vacation almost a year ago to celebrate our 10th anniversary. In the time between booking and arrival, we had several conversations with Dave about our interests, concerns and desires for the trip. Without exception, the vacation lived up to all of our expectations.
Captain Dave enthusiastically greeted us at the airport, brought us to the Bel Ami and we were off and sailing within an hour or two of landing. The first day was spent orienting ourselves to the boat and seeing how we adjusted to sailing. Captain Dave took great care to gauge our aclimation to sea life (I wore a trans-dermal patch, my wife did not). We spent the remainder of the day snorkeling (with Captain Dave as a fantastic guide), eating and relaxing.
The rest of the week was spent sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, eating, drinking and enjoying life to its highest potential. We visited twelve different islands in seven days. We indicated several places that we wanted to visit, but based on numerous reviews, we allowed Dave to tailor the trip to our interests using his vast knowledge of the Virgin Islands. We were blessed with fantastic weather and favorable winds. We went to the Baths on Virgin Gorda, but Captain Dave was experienced enough to check the cruise boat schedule to make sure we didn't share the site with hordes of people from the massive boats. It was a special pleasure to jump into the perfect, azure water to swim to shore on Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay, and an even more special experience to then have Captain Dave bring our towels, camera and sandals to shore in the Bel Ami's dinghy. Captain Dave offered advise on hikes to take and was polite enough to ask if we wanted to go on our own or with him as a guide. The same was true of meals. We ate many meals together as a foursome, but we were offered as many private romantic meals as we wanted. And the food! Captain Dave is a fantastic cook. The meals were varied and excellent. He had emailed a detailed food preference questionnaire prior to arrival and he tailored our meals to the information we provided. For instance, my wife made special mention of her love of corn, and there it was in our first meal. The attention to detail is amazing.
If a sailing vacation has ever been on your bucket list, then this the boat to take and these are the people to take you.
My husband and I decided to spend our honeymoon visiting the beautiful caribbean islands. We were lucky enough to find Bel Ami and have the most amazing vacation ever. Captain Dave is very professional and has a boat in excellent conditions. He is also a lot of fun and will take you to the most amazing places in the Virgen British and US islands. Bobbie Rae makes sure all your needs are taken care of and helps Captain Dave cook delicious food. My husband and I were very eager to learn sailing and Captain Dave helped us fulfill that dream, and yes, we were sailing the boat at the end of our trip!!!!
We can't say enough great things about how amazing and wonderful our trip on Bel Ami was with Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae. From the beauty of the boat, the wonderful meals, the indescribable views, and the enjoyable company, we had an amazing honeymoon.
The advantage of the sailboat is the ability to both cruise along and see the beauty of the islands, while being able to drop anchor at some amazing locales (St. Thomas; Tortola; Virgin Gorda; St. John; Water Island). The snorkeling, the hiking, the jaw dropping sunsets from a beach bar, we were able to sample a taste of what USVI/BVI can offer. But the real value add is the guidance and back stories from Dave and Bobbie Rae that made the experience that much better. They were the best travel guides we could have had.
The cost was worth every dime and more. We would (and will) do this trip again as it's the best way to experience the islands and all they can offer.
Visit the beautiful virgin islands on your own floating private non-smoking hotel room on the private yacht Bel Ami, exclusively for only 1 couple. Bel Ami Voyages...Sail Into Romance . Visit such must see spots as Jost Van Dyke home of the Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's (the world's 2nd most popular New Years destination); Norman Island and the Willi T, snorkeling the Indians and the Caves; Virgin Gorda and the Baths; visit the Bitter End in the North Sound; eat lobster at Anegada; wake up in the mornings and jump into your own private swimming area off the transom of Bel Ami; enjoy all the comforts of home: air conditioning, full galley, music/TV system; great food and drink along the way on our non-smoking, green (solar and wind) 53 foot sailboat, exclusively for only 1 couple. Clothing optional by request.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
--Rates are PER COUPLE.
1) ALL-INCLUSIVE RATE of $7700/couple--MINIMUM 7 NIGHTS-- crew gratuity included in pricing; also includes airport transfers to and from the vessel, 3 luscious meals a day aboard, all snacks aboard, all beverages (including alcohol) aboard, room service/cleaning, fuel expense, customs and immigration fees, mooring fees, and other expenses incidental to the voyage. Not included are optional meals and beverages off the vessel, optional slip fees, optional excursion fees (such as scuba diving, etc), fishing license fees. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae will pamper you to your heart's content, providing you with wonderfully delicious healthy meals made from the freshest local ingredients. Sail around the Virgin Islands while experiencing all-inclusive luxury.