By chartering Quest, a 44 ft sailing yacht, you will sail safely and comfortably around the Grenadines with a local skipper, Durrant, and Ann who acts as crew and cook. This is a great opportunity to try out sailing while still having plenty of time to relax on board. Best of all, you will have the ability to get away from the crowds and reach islands only accessible by boat.
Quest is based in Port Elizabeth, on the island of Bequia, SVG. Quest is a CSY44, and was designed and built, in 1977, to cruise the Caribbean sea. Compared to boats of the similar length, the cabins and beds of Quest are large, and offer a lot of privacy. Someone of 6 ft 2 in (1.84m) will feel comfortable anywhere inside. The boat has two cabins, each equipped with its own en-suite bathroom, with shower. The aft cabin is separated from the saloon/ galley and forward cabin by the cockpit, which gives it great intimacy. This cabin can be locked as well, so you can protect your valuables when you're out swimming, exploring islands or having a meal ashore. The cockpit, protected from the sun by a removable bimini, has the wheel and the cushioned outdoor dining area.
There are 2 cabins on board. One forward, in the bow, with a double bed and a slightly larger one, the aft cabin, also having a double bed.
Between the two cabins, is the cockpit, the saloon and galley, where our cook will prepare your meals. The saloon provides a comfortable seating area, for indoor dining, if the weather necessitates. The saloon, also provides access to a third, small bathroom, usually used by the crew.
If rented by one couple, the 2 crew will sleep in the front cabin. If rented by two couples or a family, the crew will sleep in the saloon (up to 5 guests can be accommodated).
Quest is an exceptionally well-maintained classic sailing yacht that was extensively refitted in 2007, 2015 and 2016 (all of the sails were replaced, the fabrics and cushions inside the boat replaced, the wood changed, polished, varnished, and every little thing that needed to be repaired was either professionally fixed or changed for a new one of the best quality). There are nice sailing lights on the foredeck, on the back and even under the boat so you can look at all the Caribbean fish swimming underneath at nighttime. There is also a powerful dinghy to take you ashore, a wake board, a towable inflatable and a selection of snorkelling equipment. You can jump in the water from the side of the boat and climb back in with the ladder. There is also a gas barbecue on the deck - so you or the cook can barbecue fresh lobsters and the fish you catch, the kitchen is equipped to be fully functional and as comfortable as possible.
There is a solar and wind power generator on the deck and 110V electricity sockets in every room (cabin) so you can charge your phone and laptop - note it is not powerful enough to drive high wattage devices such as hairdryers. Quest also has a little library with novels, Caribbean guide books and biographies. There are also a few board games. There is plenty of linen and towels (for the beach or the showers).
We can suggest you try 3 or 7 days sailing itineraries, or you can make up your own trip as you go along.
We typically start and end charters at our homebase in Bequia but, if you wish, for a nominal re-positioning fee, we can start the charter elsewhere. For instance, you can focus on the Southern Grenadines (in and out of Union Island), start in St Lucia or Grenada (to where, unlike Bequia, you can fly direct from North America or Europe) or further afield, St Barts or St Martin.
Bequai is a fantastic spot in itself. It is one of the four islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that are accessible by plane. Bequai has a about a dozen restaurants, some serving the best Caribbean lobsters you will ever get.
After the complimentary pick up from the airport, you will see the colorful houses of Bequai, perched in the mountains and overlooking the turquoise sea. Once you reach the boat, you will be able to get to land easily on the luxurious dinghy, go ashore for some shopping or to the Princess Margaret beach, named after her visit and her royal love for the spot.
Of course, the nice thing about being on a boat is that you don't have to stay in one place and can discover the beauty of the Grenadines during your stay. Save a week on the rental of a house and visit Mustique, the privately-owned island where the rich and famous own beautiful mansions, visit Petit Nevis and its old whale-hunting site, walk on the absolutely stunning beaches of the privately owned island-resort of Petit Saint-Vincent and snorkel among the tropical fish of the coral reefs surrounding the Tobago Cays. Swim to beautiful white beaches every day. If you wish, you can go ashore to eat in one of the towns, whether it is in Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau or Union. Other common activities include sunbathing on deck, observing the stars, enjoying a cocktail while watching the sunset, reading in bed, fishing and snorkeling. Did I mention sailing?
Flights to Bequia leave from Barbados twice daily. We will take care of you as soon as you land in Bequia and will either take you back to Bequia at the end of the trip or to the other island of your choice.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$67 per night, per additional guest|
|Anchoring in Mustique||C$100|
Rates based on 4 people occupancy.
Rates include taxes and tips.
If charters are for more than 7 nights, it is anticipated that guests will take one evening dinner ashore to allow the cook a little down time.
Please note that, while we require that our skipper is aboard, if you wish to provide your own crew to aid the skipper and cook yourself, this is also possible and the rates will be adjusted accordingly.
Please let us know if that is your preference as we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. Your privacy and comfort are our priority.
We prefer payment by PayPal but we can accommodate other means
50% of the cost will be due as a deposit on booking, the balance will be due 30 days before departure. Up to 60 days before departure, the reservation can be cancelled and the deposit will be returned in full. If cancelled within 60 days departure, the deposit will not be refunded. If cancelled within 7 days of departure, there will be no refund.