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Sail Around the Caribbean islands Aboard The Guiding Light

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

41 Foot Catamaran With Three Cabins, 3 Heads, And A Captain

Join the adventure and have the time of your life when you charter your next vacation aboard the sailing vessel guiding light.

You can do absolutely nothing but lie in the sun, play in the water, and snorkel the reefs as if you were in an aquarium. If you are feeling a little more adventurous you can help sail the boat and i will teach you as much as you would like to learn. Your charter gives you access to all the equipment aboard the vessel including snorkel gear for diving on the reefs, beach gear for lying around in the sand, bicycles for land tours, a kayak for your paddling desires, fishing gear to appease your hunter/gather side, and other toys socked away for you to discover.

Between Thanksgiving and mid April, $7000 plus expenses (which are $100-200 per person for food, $200 total for moorings, $250-450 total for BVI fees, and $75-125 total for fuel) is all it takes to charter the Guiding Light for 8 days and 7 nights in the BVI. Or you can sail through the USVI, with St John being a highlight, or the Spanish VI for only $6000 plus expenses.

Between mid April and Thanksgiving I will be cruising down the Caribbean island chain and would love to have you aboard for a week at the $6000 plus expenses rate.

You can bring up to six people, which will share three queen size cabins (2 have ensuite heads plus there is a full size shower for everyone to use). I am charging significantly less than most other catamarans, which will run you $10,000-$16,000 a week, because i love showing adventurous, easy going, fun loving people the sights and joy of my lifestyle.

I want to make your vacation the best one possible, so you will want to come back year after year and leave comments like the following:

This was the best day….Of my life! ~ mandy

Thanks for the great family vacation. Sailing can’t get any easier than aboard the guiding light ~ mike

Thanks for sharing your home & local knowledge. ~ carol

Great week, lots of great sights & snorkeling. / ditto! Turtles, goats, and drinks…oh my! ~ aaron & sabrina

The guiding light is a great boat and shane was an awesome captain. ~ chris & audrey

All you have to do is tell me your desires and i will do everything possible to make it happen, because your charter will be totally customized to your request.

When it comes to food i can help out as much as you like, including provisioning the boat for you, baking homemade bread, and cooking some of my highly regarded dishes and desserts like:

• roasted red pepper and tomato soup

• feta stuffed roasted peppers

• survey soup (lemon, chicken, and artichokes)

• lemon pepper flank steak stuffed with cheese and spinach

• greek roasted chicken

• tequila lime chicken

• guatemalan style fish

• mango pasta (a wonderful blend of sweet, salty, and spice created aboard guiding light)

• cherry pastry (everyone’s favorite)

• pears boiled in red wine with a mint chocolate sauce on top

• pineapple soufflé

• white chocolate cranberry tart

There is even a drink of the day during your charter if you would like.

More Details

Owner
Shane McClellan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 31, 2017

About Shane McClellan

My name is Shane and I have owned the Guiding Light for eight years now. I sailed it from the BVI to Texas and then spent a year sailing along the Gulf and East Coast before spending a year traveling around the Bahamas. I returned to the Virgin Island at the beginning of 2012 and have been running charters ever since. I love taking my guest to the different wonderful sites and giving them a unique feel for the islands and a historical perspective to view them through.

Before I bought my boat I was a recovery auditor and a firefighter for 10 years in Colorado.

Shane McClellan purchased this yacht in 2009

Why Shane McClellan chose St. Thomas

I think the Lagoon 410 is one of the best vessels out there because it has the accommodations, good sailing capabilities, and most people say it feel much bigger than it is.

What makes this yacht unique

When you charter with me aboard the Guiding Light you get my services as a captain plus as a tour guide, snorkel guide, and cook. I make homemade bread for sandwiches at lunch and will prepare dinners for you if you are interested.

Amenities

St. Thomas Yacht Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • yacht
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Private head
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private head
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Two of the cabins have private sinks and toilets. I pulled the head out of the third cabin in order to build a full size shower for everyone to use. The third cabin shared the head with the captain, but has a separate entrance.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Each nicely decorated cabin has a queen size bed, closet, hamper, and standing room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Notes:
Come aboard you will have the best vacation ever!!!

Reviews

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Sail Around the Caribbean islands Aboard The Guiding Light
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5

Fantastic experience!

  • 5 of 5

Shane is a great host, adventure guide, skipper and cook! This charter was a first-time experience for most of us (3 couples) and it was fantastic. Shane has spent more than six years doing charters out of Red Hook, and he knows a lot of awesome spots that are only accessible by boat. Before we arrived, he emailed a questionnaire to help plan activities, meals, beer & wine, etc., stocked the boat according to that, and we simply reimbursed him. We had breakfast & lunch on the boat, and 3 dinners with a special "drink of the day." The other nights we all ate at restaurants. We spent a full week just sailing, snorkeling, hiking, relaxing; the women did morning yoga on the trampoline. Shane laid out lots of options, let us choose our destinations and joined in the hikes and snorkeling. And he was happy to involve us in the actual sailing, anchoring, etc., although he's used to managing the boat solo. The beaches on the north side of Tortola were closed because of big swells, and even the Drake Channel was a little rough, but Shane knows all the tricks to avoid seasickness. We were glad to be on a catamaran rather than a monohull, and we skipped the longer haul to Anagada (not much there anyway), spending more time at remote spots on St. John instead. The diversity of marine life in the mangroves at Hurricane Hole and around Waterlemon Cay is incredible. Shane knows a lot about the history of the islands too: Indians, sugar plantations, pirates. Norman Island was the model for Stevenson's "Treasure Island", Dead Chest Island the origin of "Dead Man's Chest (Yo-Ho-Ho...)", Sandy Cay was in the opening credits of "Gilligan's Island." We had a great mix of out-of-the-way adventures plus some more standard stuff like Foxy's and the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke. Guiding LIght might seem a little tight for 7 people, but Shane is such a genial, easy-going guy that everything worked out wonderfully. Why would anybody choose a Moorings charter costing twice as much?

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and it was a pleasure having you guys aboard. I look forward to your return!
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4

Virgin Island Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Shane was an excellent guide! His familiarity with the area allowed us to see the best of the US and British Virgin Islands. He had options when the weather turned bad and always provided a Plan A or Plan B. The meals were delicious - fresh and healthy breakfasts - quick lunches so we could keep playing - and yummy home cooked meals. It was nice to balance with eating dinners "on land". Also very much enjoyed the Captains "Drink of the Day". He does a great job of stocking the boat according to your preference sheet. Shane does his best to ensure all had a good time. We had 6 adults - parents and 4 adult children and all found it great fun. The accommodations were comfortable- good sleeping with the breeze and rocking boat. You should understand that this is an "outdoor" vacation so blow dryers...heels...and fancy outfits can stay at home. We have wonderful memories of our trip on the Guiding Light!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, Thank you for the review. I am so happy you enjoyed your vacation. It was a pleasure having you guys aboard! Shane
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2

Terrible trip, very expensive for what you get

  • 2 of 5

We booked the Guiding Light primarily because the Captain seemed fun and laid-back, and partially because of the other positive reviews. We had a very different experience…although we loved the Islands, we had a terrible trip with Captain Shane. Each day he spent a significant amount of time complaining about previous guests, which was extremely unprofessional. His overall demeanor was annoyed and dismissive. When he made his “drink of the day” on the first night, he poured one for himself and sat down, meanwhile not preparing anything non-alcoholic for the pregnant woman that was in our party, and smugly saying “sorry, you can’t have anything”.

He does not like having other people on his boat, and had many rules about which cup to use, turning lights off, how to use the toilet, which towel to use, not to touch the food, etc. It was very daunting. He did not give us much privacy, and constantly butted in and commented on our conversations.

The boat is old, and does not have some of the amenities that newer fleet boats have. The births are not quite queen size (I’m 5’6” and my feet hung off the bed, and I could touch both side walls without fully outreaching my arms). The toilets are composting, so you cannot flush, and have to lean over the toilet bowl to churn it every time you go. Shane would not allow bottled water on the boat, and the holding tank water was quite undrinkable, so we had a hard time staying hydrated.

But, the biggest disappointment was poor time management. We didn’t get under way until 10 or 11 each day, then took 2-3 hours traveling to the next spot, which only left us with 2 or 3 hours of daylight at each location. This trip was the most expensive I have ever taken, and certainly the least enjoyable. I will be returning to the USVIs, but not with Shane. Next time I'll captain my own boat.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amanda, I am sorry you did not enjoy your time aboard the Guiding Light, but I feel your review was overly harsh and one of only three complaints I have had in over 100 charters. I would like to clarify a few things. 1) From the begining you knew the drink of the day I made each night was alcoholic, BUT I did make her a non alcoholic drink a few of the nights AND the blender was available at any time for you guys to make your own drinks also. 2) As for the rules aboard the boat. They are meant to help life aboard flow smoothly. I provide towels for salt water and others for fresh water so you would have a fresh towel after your shower. The cups have stickers on them so others do not use yours. The food in the snack basket and in the fruit basket were wide open for you to have whenever you wanted. Clearly the food I needed to cook you dinner had to be left alone. 3) The berths use queen size sheets and I freely admit the forward ones taper at the foot, but I have zero problem having my 6'4" body fit on them when I am stretched out. 4) I personally am opposed to the rampant use of disposible water bottles in the world, but if guest must have them I will get them. I do test my tank water regularly and it test as clean as bottle water and none of my other guest have any issues with it, but sorry you did not like it. 4) Finally, my guest dictate when we leave each morning. If you wanted to get a quicker jump on the day I would recommend getting up earlier and letting me know you are ready to leave. I wish you luck on your future charter.
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Massachusetts
5

The BVI by Catamaran is the way to go!

  • 5 of 5

Six friends from New England set sail on the Guiding Light out of St Thomas and left behind their children, jobs, stress and any and all other worries! Leaving the bitter cold of Boston, Massachusetts, we flew to St Thomas for the start of a trip with the excuse of celebrating the year that four out of six of us would turn 40! Upon arriving in St. Thomas, we settled into a local hotel and did some shopping and local sight-seeing that night and the next morning (Pasta Go Go is a cute laid back spot in St Thomas for a quick breakfast). We eagerly got to Red Hook in the afternoon to meet Captain Shane to board the Guiding Light and start our week at sea.

Shane was friendly and outgoing from the get go, getting us acquainted with the boat and how things operated. Having him do our grocery shopping before we boarded the boat was a huge convenience. The boat was well stocked with food, wine and enough Millah Lites to last the week. We easily picked cabins, water bottle and towel colors and soon set sail. The arrangements on the boat were great, there was ample space for all of us to eat, sleep and lounge while we were underway or not. Shane was very patient with us, answering all of our questions (with a sense of humor at the annoying ones) and helped us fill out the paperwork needed to get going.

What followed was an amazing week of exactly what we had set sail for..rest and relaxation, snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming, sight-seeing, eating and drinking pain killers at each and every stop (how else do you figure out who has the best?). It was a stress free week with Captain Shane giving us options throughout the trip and allowing us to call the shots. We had too many highlights to mention them all.. Ivan’s Stress Free Bar buffet, Willy T’s, Foxy’s, Leverick Bay and the Pirate Show, the Bathes, the Bubble Pools, Cooper Island, Norman Island, the Caves & Indians, Saba Rock and the Tarpon Feeding, Bitter End Yacht Club and the hammocks, Soggy Dollah Bah, Anegada and their lobsters..and the Pain Killers. The water toys that were available to us were great as well. Some of us enjoyed sailing more than others and helped Shane to get to and from spots as needed. I’m sure Shane appreciated the guys help!

What started as an idea presented by one of the group members (April, you are an amazing friend and travel planner!) a couple of years ago turned into a memorable trip that ranks among the best vacations by all of us. If you are in need of a wee

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas TX
5

Best trip ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were aboard The Guiding Light with Captain Shane in March for our 25th wedding anniversary. Our trip is unforgettable! We had so much fun and enjoyed our time on the boat and in the BVI's immensely. Shane is an awesome boat captain, tour guide, and cook! The drink of the day was fabulous. I loved waking up to the beauty of the islands and the awesome breezes. Shane took us to some wonderful places like Willy T's, The Baths, The Full Moon Party, St. John, Soggy Dollar, and beautiful beaches in between. I loved learning to paddle board and became more adventurous by swimming to The Baths from the boat. We did not want to leave and are already planning on our next trip. The boat is beautiful and I loved my happy place on the trampoline in front of the boat. It is a great place to hang out, to relax, and to enjoy sailing around the islands. I cannot imagine having a better trip than we did. Shane is awesome and is so great to accommodate the trip to your preferences.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft Lauderdale, FL
5

10 days around St John, fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Hi: My name is Laura Kay and I have just had the most fantastic 10 day cruise. My friend, Barbara, booked a Caribbean trip for five of us aboard the “Guiding Light” with Captain Shane McClellan. We arrived at Red Hook Harbor without a clear idea of where we were going. I was told, “It will depend on the wind and the weather.” That was good enough for me, as I am always ready for a new adventure.

Since I had already been to the BVIs I was pleased when it was decided that we would circumnavigate the island of St. John. What a great choice that turned out to be!! Our whole group loves to sail and snorkel and we were given several choice opportunities daily to do both. We saw beautiful coral, a huge variety of interesting fish which included angelfish, parrot fish, porcupine fish, trumpet fish, schools of blue tang, barracuda and sharks, plus dolphin, turtles, sting rays, sea urchins, eels and crabs. My favorite “sighting” was a spotted eel, but seeing the two Caribbean reef squid was certainly thrilling also.

Shane is certainly knowledgeable regarding navigation, history of the area, and what is available for a variety of interesting activities. He is flexible with the itinerary and will plan everyday according to the interests of the group. Plus, Shane is lots of fun and has a great sense of humor!! In addition, he is a fantastic captain. I am a novice sailor, but most of the rest of the group is quite skilled. Shane allowed us all to sail the ship, and he was very patient with me. He not only guided me during my time at the helm, but he explained how and why each procedure was set up. It was a thrill to be able to sail the “Guiding Light”!!

Also, we had fresh homemade bread during the entire trip! Shane is obviously an excellent cook!! His dinners would rival Emeril!! All of the dinners were his own recipes and included an original salad, a delectable main dish and a delicious dessert. I can’t wait for him to put all of his recipes into his cookbook!! In the meantime, I am joining his newsletter so I can get the recipe of the month.

As our time with Captain Shane and the “Guiding Light” is concluding (this is our last night aboard ), I can truly say this experience surpassed any expectations I had for the trip!! Our group will reminisce with our memories of our magical time with Shane many times over!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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