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 4 adults in two queen cabins, featuring low (for easy access) queen-sized berths, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets.
A door located inside the cabin opens into a single berth in the forepeak. This cabin is suitable for a child only since entrance is through the queen cabin. 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.
3 wash basins (2 in port head and 1 in starboard eco-head)
A large head is also located on the port side and is comprised of two rooms: 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.
Freebird has electric fans in all staterooms and main salon.
Luggage wise, pack and then take half out! Very informal. There is room to store moderate-sized suitcases.
|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 DREFFIN
Captain Peter’s love of sailing is not surprising. Yachting is central to the posh resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where he spent his youth. He describes himself as “the wayward son”, wedged in the middle of five siblings. Summers were spent sailing past storied beaches, bucolic parks and Gilded Age mansions, or racking up awards racing catamarans. After college and a short career in psychology, he bought a little monohull and set out for new horizons. Eventually, he was crewing on ocean going vessels and absorbing the fundamentals of passage making in the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans.
Four decades and a million wonderful memories later, Peter hasn’t lost an ounce of zeal. He has raised and educated two sons, mostly at sea, spending winters in the Bahamas and summers on the U.S. East coast, or in Venezuela. When the boys were capable as helpful crew, the whole family set off on a remarkable circumnavigation. Today, both sons are highly accomplished and among their many talents, experienced captains.
To date, Peter has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times, and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982. He has owned eight boats. He has cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. He very much enjoys showing folks the Bahamas, above and below the sea. He is an expert at free-diving and spearfishing, and knows the most amazing reefs and wrecks to snorkel. He says, “My favorite yachting destination is the next one. Truly every place has something that makes it unique and special.”
CHEF/HOSTESS REBECCA "BECKY" GARCIA
Rebecca Garcia’s friends call her Becky, and describe her as good fun, lively and a tireless worker. She’s also an extraordinary cook with an extensive repertoire of recipes. She has run many kitchens, large and small, worked in five-star restaurants and cooked aboard yachts for some 25 years. It all began in the kitchens of her two Grandmothers, one English and one Spanish, when she was so small she couldn’t reach the table without a stool.
Becky spent her childhood in London, her teens and early 20s in Donegal, on Ireland’s rugged, northwest coast, and summers with Dad and his family in Spain. She did a lot of amazing things. Her “very hardy life” on a small Irish island in the North Atlantic required commuting by row boat in very cold, rough water. She worked with the Irish Civil Defense ambulance emergency team. She helped a master boat builder construct a Viking ship. She achieved diplomas in holistic massage, anatomy and physiology, reflexology and courses in Reiki.
Becky says, “I love fresh, healthy food, especially colorful vegetarian dishes with delicious sauces, and Mediterranean cuisine. Guests rave about my homemade bread, tasty pastas, fresh fruit salads, cakes and puddings.” In addition to cooking great meals aboard FREEBIRD, Becky might find time to chat about her family’s 1911 50-foot Norwegian gaff-rigged ketch, or her three Atlantic crossings, or the big posh yacht in Guatemala with an owner who accidentally threw himself overboard. With Becky as your chef and hostess, your charter adventure in the Bahamas could include delightful ingredients you never even imagined.
Guests enjoy sharing time with little Bella (a Skipperke dog), especially with the dolphin swimming or walks or games on the beach, but equally for clients that are not doggy lovers, Peter will arrange to board Bella for the duration of the charter.
|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|
|Under Water Video:||Yes|
|Other Toys:||Floating Noodles
Two single kayaks
Water Game Toys
Alligator Blow-up Float
Baby/toddler float ring
Offshore trolling rig (rod and reel with 200' test trolling handline attached to giant yoyo. At anchor, fly casting rod (spinning rod & reel). Spear fishing, weather permitting.
|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
Backgammon, Scrabble, and cards