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Captain Bill Wilson

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Virgin Island Sailing Charters, Private, Family Fun and Snorkeling Excursions

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

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Yacht, Salon, Galley 3 Staterooms (Sleeps 2-6 Guests) with Private Heads A/C

Stepping Up features 4 spacious cabins, each with a private head and shower. A modern galley and salon for relaxing and DVD viewing.

The interior V-shaped salon comfortably seats six for cocktails or viewing movies on a 23' flat screen tv.

Outdoor seating in the cockpit compliments alfresco dining beneath our hard top Bimini with full enclosure when weather requires.

Relax on the Bow Trampoline for sunning and star gazing or sit back and read in our many cushioned seating areas.

A removable shade can be mounted to protect you from too much sun!

2 Swim platforms, one with a ladder allows for easy re-boarding from the water.

Great performance under sail with the Main and a roller furled Genoa.

Additionally, she is equipped with two 40 hp Yanmar diesel engines when power is needed.

A 12 ' Tender with a 40 hp motor for tubing, sub wing and knee boarding along with snorkel equipment for everyone, floats and water toys. 2 Paddle Boards and a Kayak. Hookah underwater breathing system for 2

An onboard water maker provides an ample supply of fresh water. Air Conditioned cabins when needed.

Solar panels with inverter for AC current allows for the use of small electronic equipment.

Pictures and more information at sunshinesailingcharters.com

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Captain Bill Wilson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Captain Bill Wilson

Captain Bill Wilson has been sailing for over 35 years. Destinations included Croatia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.

The winter of 2011-2012 was spent sailing sites throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands, the USVI’s, the BVI’s as well as the Bahamas.

The 2012 summer was spent sailing the east coast of the US, the Chesapeake Bay, in and around New Jersey, New York Harbor to the Hudson River.

An open water sail from North Carolina to St Thomas in October of 2012 marks a total of over 4300 miles in one year.

Past experiences also include skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, rock climbing, competitive swimming and distance running.

Captain Bill recently retired from 35 years in the Heating and Cooling industry and as owner and operator of several restaurants for over 15 years.

He’s a Licensed Contractor in Refrigeration and Plumbing as well as a certified Electrician and HVAC Technician.

Captain Bill is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a USCG Captains 50 Ton Master Certification.

Michelle Emmons has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen, ranging from intimate multi-course meals to banquets for up to 100 people.

Her passion for cooking and baking has come to fruition in the Galley.

Michelle recently retired from teaching for 17 years. She coached competitive gymnastics & volleyball for over a decade.

and maintains her status as a free-lance artist on a contractual basis.

She has logged 4000 miles on the water aboard Stepping Up and looks forward to providing a comfortable vacation experience for guests.

Bill and Michelle are life-long athletes. They were both active volunteers in community organizations.

Their years of experience working with people is coupled with a sincere desire to cater to your comfort.

You will be happy to spend your vacation aboard Steppin Up with Capt’n Bill and Michelle.

Captain Bill Wilson purchased this yacht in 2006

Why Captain Bill Wilson chose Southside

“A unique ‘On the Water’ B&B”

A vacation aboard Steppin Up gives you the choice of active or leisure time. Water activities that are provided by the yacht including sailing, knee boarding, tubing, wake boarding, snorkeling, Sub Wing, swimming or just laying in the sun. There is an abundance of onshore and island activities as well, including hiking, zip line, shopping, sightseeing, kiteboarding, SCUBA, windsurfing and so much more.

We offer Extended Cruises - Honeymoon Cruises - Tandems with other Yachts.

We will customize your cruise to fit your individual or group trip.

What makes this yacht unique

When you sail aboard Steppin Up in the US Virgin Islands, The BVI's and the Spanish Virgin Islands our goal is to make your experience fun and relaxing. A typical day would include three meals prepared fresh with between meal treats. Sailing to at least two different locations each day offers you more sightseeing, excitement, and adventure. While enjoying the ride at sail you can take photographs of the beautiful surroundings, or simply relax. While at anchor you can have fun with our Paddle Boards and ample snorkeling equipment, relax on our many floats or have some excitement on our Pull Tube, Sub Wing or Knee board. Each day opportunities to go ashore will be provided. You can visit local villages to do some sightseeing and shopping. For those who enjoy hikes we can recommend numerous locations to fit you level of interest. Your charter will be customized to what you like best. Our 12' 40hp Tender is available for water activities and transportation to and from shore. We charter from November to July.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came to the USVI, St John to start our family trip. We had a blast on shore but the whole time I had Steppin Up on my mind. Beaches, swimming, snorkeling, Oh My! Food, drinks, games were endless. My dreams and fantasy did not compare to the real deal. Bill abd Michelle far exceeded our expectations. Captain Bill was thoughtful, kind, informative, and patient with our questions and our children. After the first day my son thanks you for the “best trip ever!” He also said I want my own boat and that was his way of saying he wanted to be just like you.

Michelle, homemade form scratch food for DAYS! How could we refuse such deliciousness? So sweet and caring my Mama bear on the sea. I felt safe the moment you looked at my children and giggled at their mischievousness. A trip of a lifetime has now got to be a regular family excursion. Thank you for allowing us to keep a relaxed pace.
Jun 2015
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1 traveler review

Virgin Island Sailing Charters, Private, Family Fun and Snorkeling Excursions
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Los Angeles
5

Extraordinary vacation that dreams are made of.

  • 5 of 5

We were with Bill and Michelle during the month of June 2015 while in BVI & USVI. My husband and children (8 & 10) are still dreaming about our stay months later. The boat and crew were perfect for our vacation. Bill and Michelle were amazing at taking care of all our needs and at the same time giving us space to enjoy being together as a family. Everything from the boat (inside and out) and extracurricular items (dingy, mat, hammock paddle boards, tube, etc) were in perfect condition. The meals were flexibly made and delicious including Michelle’s amazing drinks. We told Bill what we wanted and he delivered with regard to snorkeling, exploring, and relaxing. They are extremely familiar and knowledgeable about everything related to the area they are in. They fielded many questions from our children about the area, history, animals, and boating with love and care. I highly recommend the crew, Bill & Michelle, and the boat to anyone who wants to explore the waters they enjoy sailing in.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St Thomas
Nearest Barpub
Steppin Up
Nearest Ferry
Charlotte Amalie
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St Thomas
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Rt 30
Nearest Restaurant
Steppin Up
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
All Over
Car: not necessary

Available for sailing charters in USVI, BVI and the Spanish Virgin Islands

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Rates & Availability

Southside Yacht Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas New Year
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
$14,250
 
 
Standard pricing
7 night minimum stay
$12,750
 

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Southside Yacht Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • yacht
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forward Starboard - toilet , shower
    Aft Port - toilet , shower
    Aft Starboard - toilet , shower
  • Private Heads have electric toilet, sink and retractable shower head. Electric pump for shower drain.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Forward Starboard - 1 queen
    Aft Starboard - 1 queen
    Aft Port - 1 queen
  • 3 Queen Size Staterooms
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
When you sail aboard Steppin Up, our goal is to make your experience fun and relaxing. Three meals prepared fresh daily with between meal treats. Sailing to at least two different locations each day offers you more sightseeing, and adventure. Take photographs of the beautiful surroundings, or simply relax. While at anchor you can have fun with our Paddle Boards and ample snorkeling equipment, relax on our many floats or have some excitement on our Pull Tube, Wake Board or Water Skis. Each day opportunities to go ashore will be provided. You can visit local villages to do some sightseeing and shopping. For those who enjoy hikes we can recommend numerous locations to fit you level of interest. Arrangements can be made for onshore tours or other activities ZipLine, SCUBA, surfing, fishing, hiking, kiteboarding, windsurfing, dining, and more.

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