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'Rainbows, sunsets, riding the waves, exploring the underwater world. We will never forget our great times aboard Bel Ami, and hope to return soon. We were surprised at how comfortable Bel Ami's accommodations were. Dave was a fabulous host, and we felt well cared for during our time onboard. As a sailing vessel, Bel Ami was top notch!”
- Sandi and Rod Jensen
“Captain Dave...what a relaxing and romantic adventure. Thank you so much for a most wonderful week in the Virgin Islands. We thought this kind of quixotic trip was only available to the rich and famous. Carol and I greatly enjoyed your warm hospitality, amazing culinary skills, and local knowledge of the islands hot spots. We felt safe and secure leaving the driving to you. Dancing on the beach to the fabulous reggae band (complete with horn section) was a night we will always remember. From snorkeling to scuba your delightful company (including your fabulous rock and roll accordian playing), we hope to come back soon and are already planning our next trip.”
- Bruce and Carol Winkler
“We recently took a trip to St. John, USVI. We have been to the USVI several times but our time on the boat by far was our most memorable. Captain Dave put everyone's safety first and made the day absolutely enjoyable. Good food, good music and amazing scenery. We spent our time sailing round the island making occasional stops for snorkeling, food and libations (he is a master at making Pain Killers). A lively round of accordion playing was also a highlight. Thank you Captain Dave for a great time at sea. We look forward to our next journey aboard the Bel Ami.”
- Bryan and Debi Trenholm
“We enjoyed the fabulous food, wonderful snorkeling, beautiful sunsets, rainbows galore, and plenty of reading and relaxation. It was an amazing trip with beautiful scenery and great friends.”
- Love, Kevin and Jamie Stack
What We Offer:
All Inclusive Package
Romantic sailing experience suited for a loving couple, or room for 2 couples of small family.
Captain owned and operated
Stress-free vacation Get-a-way
Customized itinerary and activities
Delicious food and beverages
Excursions designed to celebrate the loving couple
Non-smoking, Green certified vessel, Solar/Wind energy
A 53 foot world class cruising sailing yacht, Bel Ami is the ultimate in comfort and safety, meeting all USCG safety standards. Spacious interiors, air-conditioned, all the convenience of home, includes a home theater with 53 by 37 inch screen and a great movie selection! The private master guest cabin is complete with ensuite bathroom with electroflush toilet and shower. 10 inch memory foam queen size mattress with cushioned surround! The forward guest cabin can accommadate another couple. There are two more single berths amid ship for a total of 6 berths. On deck you will find wide open spaces for sunbathing, rainbow watching, dancing or contemplating the stars.
Captain Dave Goodman fell in love with the Virgin Islands in 1977 and has been sailing here since. He has a USCG 100 ton Master’s Captain’s License. Born in Brooklyn, NY. Dave began sailing on Long Island Sound as a teenager. He went to the University of Wisconsin Madison for his undergraduate studies (B.A. Philosophy) and sailed extensively with the U.W. Hoofers. He graduated at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1977 and did his first bareboat charter in the Virgin Islands for his graduation gift. What a gift it was! He was hooked! He married, had 3 children, moved back to Wisconsin, began racing Hobie Cats and sailing on the Great Lakes. He also has sailed in the Pacific Northwest(Seattle, Puget Sounds, San Juan Islands) The Med(French and Italian Riviera).
Captain Dave purchased Bel Ami in May of 2007, after semi-retiring from his busy Occupational Medicine consulting practice in Wisconsin. Bel Ami’s first home was St. Thomas, and for Captain Dave this was like going back to 1977 and falling in love with the islands all over again. He moved aboard, obtained his license from the U.S.V.I., and began consulting in the Virgin Islands. Since that time he has sailed Bel Ami extensively throughout the Spanish, American and British Virgin Islands, as well as the Bahamas in 2009-2010. For the summer of 2010, Captain Dave decided to take Bel Ami to explore the Caribbean Islands of the Lesser Antilles, including such places as St. Martin, Montserrat, Nevis, Dominica, Guadelupe, Martinique, Les Saintes, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.
Many of these voyages have been solo as Bel Ami is designed with electronic controls for the sails, anchoring and so forth that permit safe and effective single-handed operation. Captain Dave loves to introduce people to his world of sailing and cruising the islands. If you are a sailor looking for your first bareboat experience, but would like to get a little more “Big Boat” experience under your belt, sailing the Bel Ami under Captain Dave’s guidance is just the ticket. If you are a couple looking for a stress free sailing vacation get-a-way(honeymoon, anniversary or just for the heck of it) let Captain Dave handle all the details with the All Inclusive Package.
Captain Dave loves to cook! He is also a PADI certified Advanced and Rescue scuba diver, enjoys snorkeling and swimming, fishing, and loves feeling the breeze in his face as Bel Ami catches the wind. He loves people, and is dedicated to pampering you in the style you would like to become accustomed to.
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I am a 60 year young physician turn sailing charter captain, living my dream in the Caribbean! You can find out more than you could possibly want to know about me by googling Dr. Dave Goodman
It has been my lifelong dream to live on a sailboat and sail the world's oceans. I have sailed extensively throughout the Bahamas and east Caribbean, from Bimini to Grenada, and look forward to eventually sailing the Pacific. For now, sharing the joy of my sailing experience with others gets me up in the morning! I 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. Finally, in 2012 a new dingy was purchased with a new engine. Nothing like the smell of a new family car!
To be able to get up in the morning, smell the salt air and feel the wind blow, 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!