FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Ritzy Charters
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Main Salon
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Dining on Aft Deck
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Cockpit
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Lounging on Trampoline
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Port Queen Stateroom
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Port Queen Stateroom alt view
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Starboard Queen Stateroom
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Starboard Queen stateroom alt view
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Artifacts Display
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Entrance to Starboard Berth
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Child Berth
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Stand Up Paddle Boards
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Large Port Head (shower separate)
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Spacious Port shower area (twin sinks)
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Spacious Main Salon - Table seats 10
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Freebird with Spinnaker
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Sailing with Freebird
FREEBIRD Yacht Charter - Freebird at anchor for the evening
|Number of Crew:||2|
|3 Cabins:||2 Queen(s), 1 Single(s)|
|Speed:||Cruise Speed 8, Max Speed 12|
FREEBIRD accommodates up to 5 passengers in 2 double cabins and 1 single cabin. The single cabin is only suitable for a child as the berth leads into the portside queen cabin. FREEBIRD has electric fans in all staterooms and main salon.
CABIN 1: Port side, featuring a low (for easy access) queen-sized berth, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets. (Cabins 1 & 3 are equivalent in layout.)
CABIN 2: A door located next to the berth of CABIN 1 opens into a single berth. This cabin is suitable for a child since the cabin leads into CABIN 1. Berth size is 8'long x 37" wide. An opening port allows ample fresh air. A fan and light are located overhead. A large space at the head of the berth allows room for personal belongings on the floor, and a large silver hook on the wall is available for hanging clothes.
CABIN 3: (Cabins 1 & 3 are equivalent in layout.) Starboard side, featuring a queen-sized berth, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets. A door opens into a half-head: a compost toilet and sink.
There is an additional full-sized head located on the port side, which is very large. Two rooms encompass the head suite: a stand-up fresh-water shower, shower seat and utility sink in one room; and an electric toilet, sink and mirror in the 2nd room. This head is suitable for wheelchair access.
2 pax charters:
Port side cabin has exclusive use of large port head/shower double room
Starboard side cabin has use of starboard eco head, shared with crew
3 or 4 pax charters:
Port side cabin has use of large port head/shower double room, head shared with crew
Starboard side cabin has exclusive use of starboard eco head
The large port bath has 2 sinks, each with its own utility cabinet
Crew always uses external transom shower
Freebird also has trampoline awnings for the foredeck.
|Voltages:||110, 220 and 12 volt|
|Water Capacity:||220 gallons|
Guests can invest in $30/week for international wifi on their smartphones and iPads. Works great when 4 miles away from a repeater in the Exuma Cays. Each island has a repeater so sailing by or anchored there ensures a good connection.
|Guest Smoke:||Cockpit & Outside|
|Crew Pet Type:||Small friendly dog, a Schipperke (Belguim Water Dog, boarded upon request)|
|Min Child Age:||Any|
|Captain Name:||Peter Dreffin|
|Number of Crew:||2|
Captain Peter has always lived near the water and first started sailing as a teenager, racking up awards and experience in racing catamarans. He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982.
He met Tina in 1980 in Ft Lauderdale. Tina was aiming for a musical career being a former college classical pianist and violinist and she had already performed in a symphony orchestra...But Peter swept Tina off her feet, and as a couple they sought a simple, more adventurous lifestyle in the great outdoors to rear a family. They soon moved aboard a sailboat to cruise the world. Their journey began in 1982 and their two sons arrived soon after. Initially Peter and Tina reared the two boys aboard a catamaran, and their home base during the winter season was Georgetown, Exumas, located in the Bahamas.
Their sons, Adam and Warren, built lasting friendships with cruising kids and island residents. The island archipelago is a popular cruising destination for American and Canadian families, as they linger in the numerous protected anchorages in the Bahamas. Many of these families would return each year. Adam and Warren often gazed towards the horizon at the beginning of the winter season, anxiously awaiting old friends to sail in. International cruisers further added their zest, by enlightening new cruisers with eye-popping anecdotes around volleyball games, held on the beach most afternoons. It was always a remarkable experience for their sons to become acquainted with interesting foreigners during weekly beach bonfires and pot-lucks.
Their family dream had always been to cruise the South Pacific. One day they decided it was time. It would be magnificent finale to their sons Huckleberry-Finn boyhood, spent on boats and in the water. Suddenly, they were off and running before the wind, following big waves and starting another adventure. Once they reached Australia, their sons launched into college and careers, while Peter and Tina continued on around the world. Adam and Warren would join them at some exotic port, located at various places around the world, wherever they happened to be during college holidays.
Tina and Peter say their world cruise forever transformed their lives. They now look at the world and its peoples differently, having become better people because of it.
They are still cruising today 35 years later, this time with a charter catamaran called Freebird in the beautiful Exumas in the Bahamas, and they invite you to share time with them on charter in this beautiful part of the world. Their two sons, Adam and Warren, now have charter catamarans of their own, so for this family sailing is a way of life!!
Together Captain Peter and Tina have cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. Their island specialty is free-diving and spearfishing. You are bound to have an amazing experience in the hands of this lively couple!
Chef Tina relishes creating a master performance in the galley and entertaining. Her specialty lies in international cuisine, having gathered exotic recipes while circumnavigating the globe with husband Peter. Recently she completed the Chef Harvey Culinary Art program and attended The Naked Bite Culinary Classes in Coconut Grove, Miami. Tina is also a freelance writer in her spare time!!
A highlight for Tina and Peter recently was being featured in the TV program Distant Shores late in 2014, although the main focus was on their little Belgium Schipperke dog called Bella, as she regularly swims with a couple of dolphins in the Georgetown area, often for many hours!! The TV cameras were in luck and managed to get some great footage of Bella and a Dolphin swimming with each other around the bay!!
The Skipperke dogs were used many years ago on the barges in Belgium and Europe, before goods could be transported by road, and were used as lookout due to their keen sense of smell they proved invaluable in foggy conditions on the alert for another barge. Guests enjoy sharing time with little Bella, especially with the dolphin swimming or walks or games on the beach, but equally for clients that are not doggy lovers Tina and Peter will arrange to board Bella for the duration of the charter.
Capt. Peter and Tina warmly welcome families and children. As their two sons were reared aboard their catamaran they know what kids love in these islands! Cruising with kids is a delightful way of teaching them about adventure and nature: learning the sea life, flora and fauna, local Bahamian culture, bonfires on the beach, beach games they will certainly take home some wonderful memories!!
|Dinghy Hp:||15 hp|
|One Man Kayak:||2|
|Two Man Kayak:||No|
|Boarding Ladder:||Yes, extension on port sugarsc|
|Fish Gear Type:||2 fly fishing rods; 4 yoyos;|
|Num Fish Rods:||3|
|Under Water Cam:||Yes|
|Other Toys:||2 new paddle boards
Water Game Toy
Alligator Blow-up Float
2 floating chairs,
baby/toddler float ring,
fly casting rod,
offshore trolling rig,
200' test trolling handline attached to giant yo yo.
|Scuba:||Yacht offers Rendezvous Diving only|
|Dive Info:||Two dive centers in Exuma and one in Staniel Cay|
|Other Entertain:||Satellite Radio
Fans in all the staterooms and salon