Captain Stefan Gashus is an experienced USCG Charter Captain and ASA Sailing Instructor located in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Captain Stefan can help you arrange an unforgettable private yacht cruise for up to six passengers.  The cruise can be as long as you like: a full day, multiple days with overnights, or perhaps a half day or sun set cruise on Tampa Bay.

If you want training and or ASA Certification, Stefan also works with ASA Sailing Schools and can train you on his or any other suitable vessel. 

Yacht Sailing in Florida is safe and affordable with Captain Stefan. Your yacht charter is tailored to your desires.  

Captain Stefan moved to Florida in 2014 however his sailing career began in his youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia, racing sailing dinghies and keel boats until the North West Arm would freeze up.  Later Stefan sailed out of the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club in Victoria, British Columbia and participated in sailing races throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Today Stefan offers charters out of St. Petersburg Florida to destinations in and around South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

In addition to holding a  U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain’s License, Stefan teaches various sailing and power boating courses through approved American Sailing Association (ASA) and Recreational Power Boating Association (RPBA) schools.  

  • American Sailing Association – Advanced Coastal Cruising Instructor (206)

  • American Sailing Association – Cruising Catamaran Sailing Instructor (214)

  • American Sailing Association – Docking Instructor (218)

  • USCG Master Captains License - #3830255

  • RPBA - Single Inboard Instructor

  • RPBA - Twin Inboard Instructor

  • RPBA - Stern Drive/Outboard (Single & Twin) Instructor

Yacht charters or yacht training, from beginners to experts, Captain Stefan can help you get more out of boating, either power or sail.  In association with ASA Sailing Schools, Captain Stefan offers certified training on his boat, your boat or a boat that could be chartered from any location.

Captain Stefan also provides delivery captain services or can captain your boat for you.  This may include personal instruction on your boat if you desire. 


Charters and services can be booked directly online under charter options and services below, or simply by giving Captain Stefan a call at 727-409-5411.

Captain Stefan's Beneteau 373 is from the drawing board of the design firm Berret/Racoupeau.  Fast, roomy and comfortable, the 373 is a fantastic all around cruising vessel. Her two state room interior arrangement features a spacious galley and salon with a large head and separate shower. Numerous fixed windows, ports and hatches create a very bright feel to the below decks space.


On deck, her roomy cockpit features a pivoting steering pedestal that allows the wheel to be rotated out of the way for easy access to her walk through transom and large swim platform. Her in mast furling main sail and furling head sail are easily deployed and furled from the comfort of the cockpit. She is equipped with air conditioning and a diesel furnace for those cool nights at anchor.  A full galley includes a fridge with a separate freezer, oven and stove, microwave and double sink.  A Rainman water maker and generator make for unlimited showers and water usage while cruising.  With Raymarine  sailing instruments which include chart plotters at the helm and navigation station, radar, AIS and autopilot, L’Ardeur is ready to provide enjoyment and performance.


Boat Specs
  • LOA: 37 ft 3 in

  • LWL: 32 ft 10

  • Beam: 12 ft 4 in

  • Max Bridge Clearance: 58 ft

  • Max Draft: 6 ft 1 in

  • Ballast: 4844 Ib

  • Displacement: 15013 Ib

  • Fuel Tanks Capacity: 33 gal

  • Fresh Water Tanks Capacity: 104 gal

  • Holding Tank Capacity: 22 gal

The St Petersburg Tampa Bay area is a premier location for yacht sailing in Florida.  Superb climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Inter Coastal Waterways make for easy passage planning. The beaches of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key are just a day sail away.  Marinas and anchorages in the Manatee River, Pine Island Sound, Fort Myers Beach and Key West are within 1 to 2 days sail.  Captain Stefan is flexible and can take you for a few hours out in the bay or he can tailor your charter for single or multi day charters and passages. The yacht charter options and services listed below are open ended and can be designed exactly to your wishes. Simply call to discuss!

Special arrangements can be made for food and beverages, live music, as well as the particular timing of your St Petersburg sailing charter.  If you are coming from out of town and require pre or post charter accommodations, Captain Stefan offers charterers the opportunity to stay on board L'Ardeur or stay at his comfortable St Petersburg B&B house which has many amenities, including a spa and pool, and is located 10 minutes from the dock.


Check out the available bookings and rates below and book online or by phone today!


1110 3rd St S, G Dock, Slip 5

St Petersburg, FL


​​Tel: 727-409-5411

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"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Kenneth Grahame - "The Wind in the Willows"

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