|Minimum Stay||1 - 5 nights|
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.
My name is Jon. In my day job I work in Toronto finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. When I am not on Quest you will find me wherever business or leisure takes us (mostly Toronto, Montreal, New York, Tokyo). Quest is a great escape from these big cities, but sadly we cannot be there all the time. It is with great excitement that we are making Quest available for rent after a few years of refurbishing and keeping it to ourselves. Since a sailing yacht requires a lot of maintenance, we employ a local manager, Johnny, who oversees all local operations and manages guest needs on the ground as well as supervising the crew.
Jonathan Brotchie purchased this boat in 2007
We had the most wonderful trip on The Quest. Simply an adventure we will always remember. Honestly, it is the trip of a lifetime for those of us without yachting experience. From swimming with the turtles, to enjoying lobster on deck, to zipping off to explore the islands. THANK YOU BOTH!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! We felt so safe and well-cared for every minute. THANK YOU!!!!!!
Teriffic short trip to the Tobago Keys. What a gorgeous place of shallow turquoise waters, sandy palm tree lined beaches, great snorkeling, turtles and all. Quest is a very well maintained and sturdy vessel. The cabins are large, the heads spotless as are the bilges and engine room! As a boat owner for 40 years and an experienced blue water sailor, I can attest that Quest is very well maintained by her Captain Durant and he is a very very capable skipper with vast experience sailing the Grenadines. The owner obviously cares for his boat as evidenced by the new sails, new anchor and windlass and bimini canvass aboard. Ann, the cook and mate aboard provided us with a great fresh tuna, rice and vegitable dinner and plenty of it. Her callillou soup was the best I've had anywhere in the islands. Conditions were 20-28 kts of wind and 6 ft seas and the boat handles the rough conditions well. The cockpit is huge, keeps you dry and shielded from the sun. I would have no problem recommending this yacht and crew for an extended charter in the Grenadines.
We had an amazing stay on the Quest and truly enjoyed our experience. We were in the capable hands of Durrant, our captain, and Ann, our lovely chef. The boat was fantastic and met all of our expectations. We sailed from Bequia to Canouon then off to Mayreau and finally, the Tabago Cays. The natural beauty was breathtaking. The Cays may be the most beautiful place on earth. The experience was romantic and absolutely fabulous. We will definitely return to discover more of the Grenadines and to again sail under the sun and the stars. Thank you for such a lovely experience.
La croisière Bequia > Moustique > Tobago Cays > Canouan > Bequia en 3 jours a constitué pour nous une partie de découverte et un séjour très agréable grace en particulier au skipper expérimenté Captain "Jo" Durant et la Cuisinière Lou qui ont bien pris soin de nous et de tout pendant la traversée.
Notre famille de 5 (2 parents et 3 jeunes de 18 à 22 ans) a particulièrement apprécié:
* Le repas du Soir aux Lucioles à Moustique
* Les Tobago Cays et l'ile de Pirates des caraïbes (la vraie!!)
* Le barracuda pêché puis dégusté au barbecue et arrosé de champagne de France
* La bronzette, les eaux claires, les tortues de mer, les plages de sable et la farniente
* La participation des jeunes à différentes manoeuvres
* Le wifi pour rester connecté
A l'aller et au retour, nous avons été très bien accueillis par la propriétaire et sa fillette à Béquia avec l'avantage de pouvoir communiquer en français sur tous les aspects d'une croisière, car pour nous c'était une première. Notre bagage à notre arrivée à St Vincent ayant été retardé par la Liat (Luggage In Any Terminal?), a pu être livré à Moustique le lendemain, lors de l'escale, en particulier grâce aux bons soins du patron de Quest Limited, tout était donc fait pour notre bien-être et notre confort. Ce bagage contenait entre autre le champagne qui allait avec le foie gras et le barracuda.
Bien sûr, il y a eu des moments de gros temps, mais bien qu'impressionants ils passent assez vites et Captain "Jo" était à la manoeuvre!! A une occasion, il a même du sauter à l'eau par mer agitée car le Dingy s'était détaché, séquence émotion!!
Je recommande cette compagnie et ce voilier pour ceux qui privilégient des activités en famille, en toute sécurité et sans souci matériel d'aucune sorte. Nous avons appris par la suite avoir été les premiers utilisateurs du voilier Quest suite à son remodelage et nous n'avons pas été décus.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Christmas and New Year
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Anchoring in Mustique||$75|
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.