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Robyn McCarty, Charter Broker
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April 2019 Honeymoon

What an incredible week! Absolutely amazing honeymoon, total bliss that would not have been the same without Stef & Captain Mike. A total joy to spend time with, amazing food & drink, total confidence in ability to navigate & plan. On top of it all descreet at just the right moments. Can’t say enough about them. Oh yeah and a week in the BVI… need I say more. Cheers! Darrell & Lara
April 2019
1. Crew Friendliness: 10
2. Crew Knowledge: 10
3. Quality of Service: 10
4. The professionalism of Crew: 10
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: It was a big nut for us, but worth it!
6. On-Board Cuisine: The food was amazing. Once we told Mike that we needed more ice for drinks, then those were perfect as well.
7. Destination / Location: 10
8. Water-Sports: We didn't really scuba dive like we had planned. We were offered to do a dive boat, but weren't really into that scene, so we declined. Honestly, we probably wouldn't have done it anyway due to head/ear pressure challenges, so that was another reason we declined.
9. Overall Satisfaction: 10

What was the most memorable highlight of your yacht charter vacation? I loved the actual sailing, so I was happiest when the boat was moving!

Any additional comments you would like to make regarding your vacation experience? Just to send my gratitude to you all. I appreciate the communication and friendly reminders. I will totally recommend you to our friends and I hope to use you again someday!

With gratitude, K. Ingles
March 2019
Thank you so much for being the most amazing crew we could have ever asked for. We had such an amazing time and will never forget how awesome you both made this trip for us. Your food was incredible too! The pork dish was my favorite and it was such a treat to have lobster on the last day! I loved waking up in the morning to your delicious breakfast! And we enjoyed the yummy drinks that Mike made too! Thanks for getting us everywhere safely and answering all of our silly questions. And thanks to both of you for your awesome sense of humor. We had so much fun with you. We’ll miss you! Jay & Monica

Wow! Mike & Stefani, what a blessing this sailing trip was to us! You both have great personalities and a good sense of humor! Thank God! We will cherish these memories and relive these moments for many years to come. Thank you for making my 50th birthday a great adventure and for cooking us the most amazing food, AND for Mike with the delicious cocktails. We wish you the best in all future endeavors and may you live your Best lives! Eddie & Kerry

What a trip this has been! Not only have you two exceeded our expectations, you have been a joy to travel with. This has been a journey we could not have done without you! This has been a dream for all 6 of us. We wish you all the best in your future travels. You two are amazing people! Kelsey & Hunter
February 2019
"Mike & Stef - What can I say what a wonderful week! I am pretty sure we saw the most beautiful islands & beaches the BVI’s have to offer. From breakfast to dinner every day was perfect. The experience was amazing and will be cherished forever. Thank you for all the great food, drinks and snacks. Our family and friends will talk about this week for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much and hope to see you both again."
Jeff, Heather and Vance

"What an amazing vacation! The food was great and the beaches were beautiful. Our children had the time of their lives on their first charter. We saw tons of sea turtles and snorkled our tails off. Great trip and Mike and Stef made it special for all of us. Can’t wait to come back soon!"
Chad, Jessica,Logan and Sydney
New Years 2018/19
"As a celebration of my parents 50 wedding anniversary we decided to recreate a favorite sailing trip for them. The actual experience surpassed our expectations! Mike & Stef worked tirelessly to ensure our comfort and even with the unexpected maintenance issue that still needed worked out after summer storage, they met each with grace and patience and a few laughs as well. Our bellies were never empty - with exceptional meals prepared to even my multi-allergic needs. For our 13yo to eat fish and shrimp was a feat in itself! We will miss the Elysium and the BVI - but will be back much sooner than the last time. Thanks for the relaxation and hospitality!" The Warmaths

"This week could not have been more perfect. The sun, water, scenery always special but the food and special service you provided made it exceptional.“ The Zanitschs
Previous Comments for Mike and Stefani with 9 years on The Big Dog
New Years 2015/16
We will miss you dearly, this has been the experience of a lifetime. Between the food and the sights, I
don’t think we could possibly think of a better way to spend our vacation! Bruce & Tammy

Christmas 2015
I can’t thank you enough for a second wonderful year on the Big Dog. You two are amazing and we hope
to see you in France! Susan

November 2015
It is impossible to describe how wonderful you have made our visit to The Big Dog. Your gracious
hospitality, your smiles and humor and your fabulous FOOD were beyond anything we could have
imagined! Your wonderful planning and provisions have overhelmed our ability to "eat, drink and be
merry“. We feel we have truely made new friends and we hope we can see you again - in Brittany... or in
New York... or Chicago... or Michigan. Linda & Gary

April 2015
We so much enjoyed our time here with you on The Big Dog. Everything from the accommodations on
board to the excursions have been wonderful! You took us to some great ports and we had a blast! The
food was exceptional and we didn’t have a meal that wasn’t terrific. Your attention to detail with
everything. We enjpyed the opportunity to get to visit with you both and get to know you. We look forward
to the next time we get to sail with you again. Jeff & Kiri

Having done the BVI before I felt as if I knew what to expect. As I remembered the islands were gorgeous
and did not disappoint. What I was not expecting were 5 of the best meals of my life! The molten lava
brownie was literally the best dessert I’ve ever had & the pork loin... well, it was ridiculous. The vessel was
better than advertised and had everything we wanted. Captain Mike was extremely experienced and very
knowledgable about the islands.
Thanks for everything. Keith & Jill

March 2015
Thank you, thank you, thank you! As usual an incredible week with you guys. Great sailing and awesome
food. Look forward to seeing you again. Mark & Jane Atkins
Thank you so very much for a beautiful week. Together you are a great crew, your personalities are
perfect. The food was delicious and I have a whole new respect for fish. I look forward to a return trip.
Thank you, Laurie & Bob

Thank you for making our first visit to BVI a fun and relaxing one. You are a great captain, cook, and
guide. Hope to see you again on our Mediterranean trip or visit your B&B in Brittany. Donna and Pat

March 2015
Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe our week is already over. Loved the TBD bar and
especially the honey martinis. Every bite of food was delicious and the rubbed pork out of this world! Can’t
wait to come back to The Big Dog! Cheers, David
Dear Mike and Stephanie, Thanks so much for the wonderful trip! The views, the sailing and especially the
food were amazing! We want basically all of your recipes. Although we figured out your main goal was to stuff us with good food at all times. We don’t mind! Thanks for knowing the right places to go and putting
up with endless rounds of the 'high-low‘ game. Anne & Lauren

New Year 2014/15
Dear Mike & Stefani, A wonderful time had by all 22 of us. You turned a difficult assignment with two other
boats into the most enjoyable vacation we have ever experienced. Your knowledge and attention to detail
at every occasion made it amazing!! Hoping to return again to sail with you again. Wishing you all the best
in 2015! The McKee/Willey/Fromson families“

"Dear Mike & Stefani, Thank you immensely for a fabulous vacation. We so appreciate your acceptance
and patience in accomodating all 22 of our arguably crazy McKee family (especially those of us who are
gluten free). We so enjoyed your company and sailing with you on the Big Dog was such a privilege! While
some of us can be Klugscheissers, I hope you know you are always welcome to join any and all of our
future adventures. As we head home, we will all be howling for The Big Dog. Madison McKee

Christmas 2014
"Dear Mike and Stefani, I would never sail with anoyone else - you two are the best. Such an enjoyable
and relaxing vacation. Can’t thank you enough for taking such good care of my family. All the best, Susan"
"Dear Mike & Stefani - I had a fantastic voyage. So much fun learning about the boat & the islands. You
both made the week extremely enjoyable! I can’t wait to come back. Joe“

June 2014
Thanks for our trip of a lifetime! We really enjoyed ourselves!! The food, the sailing, the snorkeling, etc.,
etc., etc!! all absolutely memorable. Thank you so much for the hospitality and fun times! We look forward
to another sailing adventure with you some day! The Schulz Family

June 2014
What a wonderful experience! Steph & Michael are gracious hosts. The food, cocktail, and daily sailing
through the BVI has been nothing than „top notch“. Michael and Allison Freeman, Hattiesburg, MS
"Our week in the BVI’s exceeded all expectations! Stephanie and El Capitano were the hosts of all hosts.
Every day was a beautiful adventure, complete with views and meals that would compete with the finest
five star restaurants. We all enjoyed the snorkeling and many wonderful cocktails. The Walkers want to
repeat this week again one day!" Mary Ann & Sparky Walker, Hattiesburg, MS
Stef & Michael have been wonderful host, chef and captain on a trip of a lifetime. We will bring back many
memories and pounds, HA! The Big Dog is beautiful and very accommodating. Thank you for all! Dana
Howard, Hattiesburg, MS

MARCH 2014
The crew was wonderful! Made the trip extra special. The meals were amazing! Dean L., March 2014

Great crew, knowledgeable, fun people. Fun itineary, great islands. Excellent food, great variety. Great
mix of shore & water activities!
Bill C., February 2014

Great trip. Kids want to book for next year. What more could one want? Doug M., January 2014

Thank you both for an absolutely fabulous week. Upon our return I have described it as the best vacation
of my life and you were both important in making that true. Looking forward to seeing you both again
whether in the BVI's or Brittany (or both?)
Dick & Angie H., November 2013

Wonderful meals, very helpful crew, always smiling and helpful. Katie D., November 2013

APRIL 2013
Fabulous captain and chef. Top rate, couldn't be better. Over the top meals, unbelievable.
Jim W., April 2013

APRIL 2013
Beautiful area, beautiful boat, excellent, friendly crew. We've had this boat and crew before, they are
terrific! Harrison T, April 2013

FEBRUARY 2012 and MARCH 2013
Michael and Stefani were great. Personable, accommodating. We had three birthdays on our trip and they
provided flowers, balloons, cake, etc. The food was outstanding! Stefani did a fabulous job - beyond our
expectations. The configuration of the boat allowed each person to have their own space, yet the common
areas were great for conversation and socializing. It was truly the best vacation our family has ever been
on. Steele & Debbie A. February 2012 and March 2013

MARCH 2012
Best vacation adventure of my life, loved every moment, every day, every port, wonderful on every level! I
love how Stefani smiles when she describes food. I love Michael's infectious laugh...
Chris & Cathy C., March 2012

MARCH 2012
Highly professional and personally enjoyable crew. Highest quality of service and attention. Meals were all
unbelievable and beautifully presented! Everyone was happy - all ages. Wonderful meals, breakfast, lunch
and dinner! Kiddie cocktails + special drinks all great. Boat was extremely clean and well maintained. Very
comfortable. Had everything to chose from with equipment an activities. Loved the seadoos.
Rich T., March 2012

MARCH 2012
Highly professional and personally enjoyable crew. Highest quality of service and attention. Meals were all
unbelievable and beautifully presented! Everyone was happy - all ages. Wonderful meals, breakfast, lunch
and dinner! Kiddie cocktails + special drinks all great. Boat was extremely clean and well maintained. Very comfortable. Had everything to chose from with equipment an activities. Loved the seadoos.
Rich T., March 2012

Mike & Stef are experienced, knowledgeable, fun, attentive and a great duo. The food far exceeded our
expectations - well prepared, appropriately portioned and delightfully presented. The Big Dog is a fabulous
vessel - in perfect working order, comfortable and fun to sail. The boat was impeccably maintained by the
crew and was kept very clean and tidy all week. We relied on the crew for itineary, guidance, but they
were always receptive to our desires and interests. We were very pleased with all the places we visited
and anchored overnight.
Dietrich & Katie K., February 2012

What a grand time we had on The Big Dog this week! I only thought our last trip with you could not be
topped, but you outdid yourselves this time....the boat was even more wonderful, the food more
delicious,and the hosts even more delightful than ever before! What a week to remember and a daughter
to experience. Thanks so much for everything!
Lana P., November 2008 and November 2011

MAY 2011
Friendly and fun crew, good sense of humor. The meals exceeded our expectations. Best sailboat I've
ever been on for comfort, spaciousness, and shaded areas.
Allan F., May 2011

APRIL 2011
Utmost professional! We felt very safe and comfortable in Captain Mike's hands. Stefani is an excellent
chef! Food was delicious, great quality and variety, she also helped immensely by accomodating the
children's taste! Beautiful yacht, very clean, everything worked well. Best itineary, Capt. Mike & Stefani
obtained the best mooring spots for us, taking into consideration the children and guests swimming
Lauren B., April 2011

Thank you for a wonderful week. The sailing, snorkeling, food and company was excellent. It was a
pleasure to meet both of you! Good uck with the house in Bretagne and all your future plans. Hoping that
we may meet again some day.
Dominique G., February 2011

Mike & Stefani are an exceptional pair. They fully exceeded all our expectations! All meals were so
delicious and there was always plenty to eat. We loved The Big Dog and want to sail her again! We loved
the journey in every aspect. We will always remember our time with The Big Dog in the waters of the BVI.
David M., December 2010

JUNE 2010
Awesome crew - enjoyed getting to know them! Meals were out of this world - 5star chef! The boat was
very comfortable. Great bars and snorkeling! Steven K., June 2010

The crew made the whole trip amazing. We have had other charters. We will be back. Elegant food.
Perfect portions. Light & healthy but delicious just as we asked. With 3 children in our party they also
accommodated them well. We moored in beautiful anchorages, they were the calmest I've experienced.
Lara W., December 2009
Thank you so much for caring for us this past year (aka week). Michael: you have been so generous to us
driving us around in rain or shine. And thank you also for telling us places that would be fun to go to.
Stefani: I can't even tell you how much I liked your cooking. It was so delicious! I think my favorite dinner
was the shrimp, my favorite lunch was the chicken wraps, my favorite breakfast was the waffles, and my
favorite dessert was either the crepes or the tiramisu. But in my opinion I thought they were all delicious!
Marnie W. (10 yrs. old)

Michael and Stefani are always fun, friendly and attentive. They always know where the best anchorages
are for the current conditions. Stefani is a master of accommodating us with our dietary issues. Her
presentations are beautiful, too. Anita V., November 2007 and 2008, June and November 2009

Thank you so much for a spectacular vacation and wonderful memories. We can't thank you enough for
the destinations you selected and the attention you paid us to ensure we were comfortable and happy. We
will recommend you to others and will hope to charter with you again.
Michelle J., November 2009

The attention to our needs surpased all our expectations. We have chartered 4 times before and this crew,
by far, exceeded all of the others. Unbelievable preparation, presentation and quality of meals. All I can
say is wow!
Graydon F., November 2009

JUNE 2009
Michael and Stefani exceeded all expectations! They were friendly & fun, knowledgeable sailors &
fantastic hosts/cook. You can't get any better. Every meal was comparable to eating in a 5 star restaurant.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most extraordinary trip of our lifetime. It was
relaxing, the food delicious, and what more can we say about the rum punches!
Michael L., June 2009

Mike & Stefani did a phenomenal job - we thoroughly enjoyed our week with them. Stefani's meals were
not only delicious but her presentation was beautiful. Our yacht was spotless.
Mark A., February 2009

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