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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 day
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday yacht rental in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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
  • Children welcome
  • 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 enclosure , Private head
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Private head
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 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 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • 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 rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Notes:
Come aboard you will have the best vacation ever!!!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Sail Around the Caribbean islands Aboard The Guiding Light
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews
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?

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: 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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Texas
5

Wonderful week of sun and fun!

  • 5 of 5

Chartering a catamaran is an awesome experience. It’s even better when the captain welcomes you into his ‘home’ and takes care of every detail. Shane’s experience of living and exploring these islands makes it easy when trying to decide what to see and do, or not do and just relax in the sun. The possibilities are endless. Our group is very easy going, and open to suggestions which helps when weather and post hurricane conditions dictate plans. Shane’s cooking and drink of the day (should be plural- “drinks” he knows my suggestions!) are great. He even surprised me by baking a birthday cake (tears of joy)! All the little things that make it personal and memorable. We loved spending time with him and Melek, snorkeling and playing games. He’s more than just the captain. He really makes his guests feel like they’re at home. I hope you’ll try a charter with him sometime. Complete relaxation as soon as we stepped onto the boat. Sigh. We can’t wait to explore the Spanish VI’s and islands south of the BVI’s in the future. We’ll see you again soon! Brace yourselves! Happy Sails!

  • Review Submitted: 12/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The minute we stepped on to the boat we were relaxed and stress free. The only decision we ever had to make was which island to visit. Homemade bread, original drinks, delicious food, games and so much more. It felt like we were leaving family when we had to fly home. This will be an annual trip for all of us. Couldn’t ask for better customer service and rewarding adventures. Thank you so much Guiding Light. You’ve definitely set the bar high for vacationing. See you next year...or maybe sooner.

  • Review Submitted: 04/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 01/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: 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

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rental Rates for this holiday yacht in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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5 night minimum stay
AU$1,271
AU$8,088
AU$25,882
 

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