Operating in the Caribbean
Salon and bar
Happy hour spot
Queen guest cabin
Queen guest cabin
Queen guest cabin
Queen guest cabin
The magic galley
Top deck lounge
Queen guest cabin 2
Typical guest head
Typical guest shower
Happy hour bar
Airplane wreck dive
Frank has led a diverse and different life. He was born on a ranch in the Nevada high dessert. Before he could walk he was riding horses and 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, and loves meeting and sharing the experience with guests.
Although born and raised a dessert 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.
Frank’s passions for sailing and diving are followed closely by his love for grilling. Frank and Denise were always in charge of family gatherings and put on a party every year for over 100 people where Frank acted as the “grill-master.” He has brought that art with him and you can look forward to grilling perfection on THE BIG DOG.
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 also 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 mediation. 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 most special dietary requests.
THE BIG DOG can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. All guest cabins equipped with AppleTv. Crew has separate private cabin, shower & head.
If you are looking for an unbelievable week seeing breathtaking beaches and scenery, eating exquisite food and getting pampered, SAIL THE BIG DOG with Frank and Denise!!! We just returned and there are no words to describe our experience!! We had so much fun!!!!
The Taylor Crew
“We loved it. Frank and Denise are the best. A family with 3 teenagers and 2 adults and there was something for everyone. Four of us learned to scuba dive, my husband learned a little bit about sailing, Kimberly loved the beaches. The food was AMAZING. We will be back.“
The Weir Family charter
“We ventured from the land of ice & snow to escape reality fora 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 couldn’t 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 don’t 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. We’ve 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 Jon’s birthday trip everything that we expected and more! Please keep in touch. We hope to see you soon. “
Wagner family charter