Virgin Islands Sailing Yacht Crewed Vacations

Beagle Knot at a mooring at St. James.  St Thomas in the background.
Beagle Knot at a mooring at St. James.  St Thomas in the background.Captain Denis and 1st mate LaDonna, and Baguette in her Christmas outfit.Swim with turtles guarantee. We have even started giving them names.Beagle Knot in the background at The Bath, in the BVI. Not to be missed!Early risers are rewarded with beautiful morning sights.Walking on a (almost) deserted beach.  Never gets old.How is that for a dinner table with a view?Beagle Knots cockpit, very comfortable and shaded.The Salon is cozy and serve as dinning area when it rains.  Good spot to read.The Virgin Islands are ideal for sailing, not too little nor too much wind.We carry two identical paddle boards.  Visit the anchorage or have a race.The trampoline is a great place to work on your tan or watch stars.Hiking is particularly good on St John. Easy trails and across the island trailsThe Jacuzzi on JVD.  Let the ocean massage your back.  Always fun.Snorkeling.  Discover another world.A flounder.  Difficult to spot, they change color to match their environment.A nurse shark.  They do not stick around for very long.  Very shy.The speed at which octopus change color is amazing.A Queen angle fish.  Beautiful.An eagle ray looking for dinner in the sand.An eagle ray. The length of their tail is extraordinary.  They feed in the sand.This is the name of the boat, sailing vessel Beagle Knot or s/v Beagle KnotCaptain Denis speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. Allons naviguer!

From $550 / night

Brewers Bay Road, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands Sailing Yacht Crewed Vacations
Yacht
2 bedrooms
4 guests
3 night min

Overview Description

Overview

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Yacht
Per week: $3,850 - $5,313
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Charlotte Amalie vacation yacht rental
It is hard to do better than a crewed sailing yacht vacation in the Caribbean. All the pieces of a magic puzzle come together. The beauty of the islands, the sailing conditions, the weather, the water, the food, the bays in which to anchor, the natural wonders, the sea creatures, the food - did we mention the food? What else can we say? Oh yes!! The boat and the crew! We would love to have you aboard Beagle Knot on your next vacation.

We offer our Catamaran for a unique vacation on the water of the Virgin Islands.
We welcome you aboard our sailing catamaran for either a full board, half board or captain only vacation in the Virgin Islands, BVI, USVI and Spanish Virgin Islands. Activities range from sun bathing to snorkeling, to SCUBA diving, to sailing and paddle board, to hiking.
Food is fantastic in this all included vacation.

Denis and LaDonna Oudard-Thomas

Area Information
Sharp peaks reflecting onto blue water, the Caribbean islands are legendary. The weather is warm but really never hot. In the winter and early spring the temperature dips to the 70's at night and remains in the low to mid 80's during the day. The constant breeze keeps everyone comfortable. Even in the late spring and summer, the temperature rarely reaches 90 degrees. The Virgin Islands are even more unique as they are a gathering of many small islands that are an easy sail from each other. The US, British and Spanish Virgins each have their character. Being on a sailing catamaran, you can explore all of it from the comfort of the boat.

The US Virgin Islands are great, no passport needed. St. John is 75% National Park with wonderful bays, outstanding snorkeling and a network of trails for hikers of all levels. St. Croix, often forgotten has its attractions, its protected rainforest is worth the trip. St. Thomas offers great beach, snorkeling, shopping and entertainment galore.

The British Virgin Islands are famous, maybe too famous, for the exceptional sailing conditions. The Sir Francis Drake channel is a large, beautiful and protected sailing area with steady winds perfect for the new and seasoned sailors alike. The Baths, an extraordinary agglomeration of large boulders, is world famous, and the diving, whether SCUBA or snorkel, is varied and can be challenging. The 'Wreck of the Rhone' attracts divers from all over the world. The restaurant and night life are varied, quiet to family oriented to rowdy, bar food to gourmet.

We love the Spanish Virgin Islands, those are the islands east of Puerto Rico. Vieques delivers anchorages you can have all to yourself, Culebra has fantastic bars and restaurants and its north shore harbors some of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen... and if you like dancing, then... this is Puerto Rico after all!!

During the months of July through October we are out of the hurricane belt, either south around Grenada, or north in the Chesapeake. Contact us for a visit to the Grenadines or to discover the East Coast quiet side.

About the owner

Owner Profile

Denis and LaDonna Oudard-Thomas

Denis and LaDonna Oudard-Thomas

Denis and LaDonna Oudard-Thomas

  • School:

    University of Chicago, MBA 1986
  • Work:

    Used to be a Solar System designer and installer.
  • About:

    Denis and LaDonna, a husband and wife team, have one goal: for you to have a great vacation.

    Denis grew up in France where he started sailing when about 12. In the 70’s and early 80s, competitive sailing was his consuming passion. In 1982 he finished 2nd at the 5o5 French championship ...
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Rates

Rates

Begins Ends Week
Night
Weekend
Night
Weekly Monthly Min
Stay
Apr 19 2016 Dec 12 2016 - - $3,850 - 3 Nights
Dec 21 2016 Jan 03 2017 - - $5,313 - 3 Nights
Jan 04 2017 Apr 18 2017 - - $4,830 - 3 Nights
Check In: 10 a.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 0%
Tax I.D.: 47-1067553
Deposits: 50% on reservation 100% 60 days prior
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: None. We have discounts for children 12 and under, we have discount for honeymooners and for wedding anniversary. We have a promotion for our first year in business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I make a reservation?
A: Check the Beagle Knot calendar on the Schedule tab of beagleknot net to see which available time slot would be suitable for your party.
E-mail us (we like e-mail because we are not always where the telephone works) to tell us the dates at which you would like to visit and give us the information about your group and the type of service you want (see Rates).
We will put a hold on the dates you choose and answer any questions you may have. Once you are ready, we will send you an offer in the form of a contract. If it suits you, you sign it and make the required deposit. We will give you options on how to do that but the easiest will be for you to send a check made out to Beagle Knot Charters, LLC directly to our bank in the USVI.
We keep the hold on your dates for three weeks. Then we re-opened those dates to other potential customers. That should give you plenty of time to 1) book your plane tickets, 2) ask us for modifications (date changes, etc.) on the contract, sign it, and send the deposit.
Once your deposit has cleared, the time slot is totally reserved for you.
Q: Which airport should we fly into?
A: In the winter, when we are sailing the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (STT) is very practical with many flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte and more. You can also fly into the BVI (EIS) from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and a few other airports.
In the summer, depending on where we are, we will help you in the choice of airport.
Q: Do we need passports?
A: Yes. Unless you are US citizens and ask us to cruise only the US Virgin Islands – which can be a lovely vacation – you need a passport for everyone, even the children and the babies.
Q: How do I get from the airport to the yacht?
A: There are taxis that will take you to the location where we are docked. We will give you the exact directions and a telephone number in case there are last minute questions.
Q: What is you cancellation and rescheduling policy?
A: The cancellation and rescheduling policy is detailed in the contract. The refund depends on how far in advance of your trip you cancel or reschedule. Under certain circumstances you can reschedule with no penalties. Refunds vary from 80% to none.
Q: What should we bring?
A: We will send you a “Welcome to Beagle Knot” letter about 30 days prior to your trip with lots more information. But here is a short list:

Passport
Cash
Credit and/or Debit Cards
Bathing suits (at least 2)
Changes of clothes, probably no more than one per day. if you get easily sunburned, consider a light long sleeve and long leg pants, such as the L.L.Beans shirts.
Toiletry
Meds
Sunscreen
Sun glasses and hat. Consider having a lanyard for both of these.
Shoes for getting there (flip-flops) and to go hiking. On the boat we are generally barefooted.

If you have them:
Mask, snorkel and fins. Tip: Bring an old pair of socks to wear inside the fins, women tennis socks work great. It will keep you from developing blisters.
Waterproof camera

We supply:
Towels, both bath towels and beach towels
Bath soap, leave-in hair conditioner
New scrubby for each guest.
Gloves if you wish to help in the sailing maneuvers
Q: Does Beagle Knot have air-conditioning?
A: Short answer: No.
Long answer: Honestly, it is not needed, we guarantee it. It is an interesting question though. Ten years ago, a person going sailing would never have asked the question; AC was only found on Mega Yachts.
There are several reasons it is not needed:
The weather.
The weather in the Virgin Islands from December to May is idyllic. The temperature rarely goes above 86ºF (30ºC) in the afternoon and dips to the low 70’s (low 20’s C) at night. A moderate to strong breeze keeps things cool. Now, the sun is hot, so what we say about sun-screen and sunglasses still applies.
The boat.
In the process of purchasing a boat in 2012, we listed the features we wanted. Ventilation was at the very top of the list. The ventilation on Beagle Knot is great; and just in case, we have put additional fans in the cabins and we have wind-scoops, parachute like gizmos that channel air into the cabins. The white hull also keep the boat interior cooler than the beautiful but heat absorbing dark hulls.
Location, location, location.
For a host of reasons too numerous to list here, we do not recommend/like staying overnight in marinas, the only place that would – may-be – justify the use of air conditioning. On a mooring or at anchor, the boat orients itself into the wind for maximum ventilation. In a marina you are often in a windless area, and the boat is oriented to the dock, hence the boat may or may not be facing the wind.

If we have not persuaded you that you do not need air conditioning, we have many very capable colleagues in the charter business that do have A/C on their boat. Unless connected to the electric grid in a marina, all of them must run their generator to provide A/C. Some generators are quieter than others, none are totally silent.
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