41 ft sailing catamaran with 3 bed/3 bath and a captain to take care of you
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 a good combination of accommodations and good sailing capabilities. Most people say it feel s0 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 3 dinners for you if you are interested.
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Smoking is allowed on the back of the boat only.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Our family had a wonderful time aboard the Guiding Light! Captain Shane is an awesome guide and made us feel at home. He made sure we had wonderful options for each day of our week-long tour of BVI. We enjoyed a great balance between fun festivities ashore, gorgeous snorkeling, and quiet nights moored in remote, peaceful settings. Our clean and cozy quarters were comfortable at night, with plenty of ocean breeze. From coffee in the morning to the 5:30 pm drink of the day (not to be missed), Shane was a great host...and a seriously legit cook! He did a wonderful job of provisioning to suit our preferences, and the meals he prepared were delicious. We had a great time and hope to sail with Shane again, in another part of the world.
BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!
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.
Wonderful week of sun and fun!
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!
Virgin Island Vacation
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!
Thank you for the review. I am so happy you enjoyed your vacation. It was a pleasure having you guys aboard!
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?
Thank you and it was a pleasure having you guys aboard. I look forward to your return!
Terrible trip, very expensive for what you get
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.
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.