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FREEBIRD

42 ft / 12.8 m Grainger - Sleeps 5 guests

From: $8,000 To: $11,500

Chartering in the Bahamas

About FREEBIRD

Operating in the Bahamas

Come join us for a fabulous sailing vacation in the islands of the Bahamas! The 42’ sailing catamaran, Freebird, offers luxury accommodations in the Exumas and outlying islands, where you will find much to explore.

Freebird's interior decor is casual elegance with an exotic flair. Wooden masks, Zulu African beaded belts, molas and photographs taken from the family's world cruise adorn the walls. 

She accommodates up to 5 guests in two comfortable private cabins and one child berth (attached to the port stateroom). The port hull is equipped with a double room bath suite, large enough for two people.

The main salon seats 8 guests and crew. The cockpit table and extension seat 8 guests and crew, as well. The forward trampoline area is where everyone usually hangs out while underway, enjoying the salt breeze and luscious scenery of the islands.

Cat Freebird carries a crew of captain and chef. It is the perfect boat for a family or small group on vacation. Besides free-diving for your dinner, you may participate in many eco adventures including feeding iguanas and swimming pigs, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking nature trails, sailing and enjoying remote beaches.

As a special souvenir, after each charter we edit footage shot throughout the charter and with enhanced photo images, create a souvenir vacation video for you to always remember your fabulous vacation aboard Freebird!

Main Salon

Dining on Aft Deck

Cockpit

Lounging on Trampoline

Port Queen Stateroom

Port Queen Stateroom alt view

Starboard Queen Room

Starboard Queen Stateroom alt view

Artifacts Disply

Entrance to Starboard Berth

Child Berth

Large Port Head (shower separate)

Spacious Port Shower Area (twin sinks)

Spacious Main Salaon - Table seats 10

Caption

Freebird with Spinnaker

Freebird at anchor for the evening

Sailing with Freebird

Specification

Length

42 ft / 12.8 m

Year Built

2001

Sleeping Guests

5

Cruising Speeds

8 kts / 14.8 km/h

Engines

2x 27hp Yanmar 3GM30 engines

Beam

22 ft 11 in / 6.7 m

Builder

Grainger

Crew

Captain: Peter Dreffin + 1

Stabilisers

None

VAT Registered

No

Draft

4 ft 11 in / 1.2 m

Designer

Refit

2013

Flag

United States

US Duty Paid

No

Amenities

  • BBQ
  • Book library
  • Deck shower
  • Fishing gear - light
  • Swim platform
  • Camcorder
  • DVD library
  • DVD player saloon
  • Indoor audio system
  • iPod dock
  • Local TV
  • Satellite phone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Beach games
  • Board games
  • Boogie board
  • Floating Mats
  • Kayaks multiple
  • Paddleboards multiple
  • Swimming noodles
  • Diving by arrangement
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Underwater still camera

Crew Profile

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!! 

Tina speaks Spanish - having studied the language at University for four years.
 

Layout

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 entry is through 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
Note: 
• The large port bath has 2 sinks, each with its own utility cabinet
• Crew always uses external transom shower

Testimonials

August 6-12, 2016 ~ Exumas ~ Amazing Adventures!
Our daughter's fascination with the swimming pigs brought us to the Exumas. From the moment we set foot on Freebird, it was like we were staying with family Our kids were entertained the entire week from sting rays to exciting drift dives to afternoon naps on the trampoline. We had a week full of amazing adventures and much-needed family time. Your knowledge of the area is second to none! We loved eating fresh caught conch and lobster. And the swimming pigs were SO MUCH FUN!

Thank you for a week full of adventure and fun!

Steve, Wendy, Talya, and Landon

Our adventures and itinerary:
Day 1, Fed tame stingrays and free-dived the blue hole in Georgetown.
Day 2: Feeding of the swimming pigs at Glass Cay, free-dived 2 blue holes at Sugar Cay, cast-line fishing off stern of Freebird.
Day 3: Caught a big fish while trolling en route offshore. Drift-dived Rat Cay, collected conch and sea biscuits off the bottom, Williams Cay paddle-boarding.
Day 4: Rudder Cut drift-dived grotto (3 turtles, 2 sharks, 1 cuda sighting!), speared 2 lobsters, and free-dived underwater piano with mermaid at David Copperfield's island.
Day 5: Lee Stocking drift dive, speared 2 lobsters, fed wild iguanas, snorkeled reef.
Day 6: Children's Bay overnight, beach time at Boysey Cay geyser, snorkeled wreck in shallow water and Square Rock (1 turtle, 3 stingrays)

June 28 - July 5, 2016 ~ Educational Dive research in remote Exumas
Dear Tina and Peter: We arrived home without incident I want to formally thank you both for your support during our various struggles, in particular, Tina, for your can-do enthusiasm and excellent meals, and, Peter, for your calm and practical approach to the several obstacles to our goals. We hope to be able to complete essential parts of Clay’s thesis project at some future date Thanks and best wishes,Paul and Co.

April 2016

Words cannot express how wonderful this week has been. You are truly beautiful people in every sense. The knowledge you have of sailing is so very impressive. We have felt safe and comfortable the entire time. I am a drift diver for the rest of my life! I really could get used to this. So many things will be in our minds for years to come. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Love, Ray, Tammie and Bensyn

 March 20-26, 2016
Dear Peter, Tina and Bella,
Thank you for a wonderful week of adventure and relaxation aboard Freebird! You all made us feel welcome, at home and completely spoiled. We enjoyed too many thrilling and unique experiences to fully recount - one drift dive after another over glorious fish filled reefs, snorkeling in caves, watching the nurse sharks at Staniel Cay Yacht club, feeding the wild pigs and iguanas, walking isolated beaches, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, quiet anchorages, Tina's delicious cooking, watching Bella balance atop the bow of the dinghy as we sped across the water and hearing of your inspiring excursions around the globe.

Spending this week with you has changed our definition of what is possible to expect from 'quality of life'. What a beautiful life you have here. Thank you so very much for sharing it and yourselves with us!
Love, Heidi, Peter and PD

 Jan. 27 - Feb. 5 Exumas
To Tina and Peter,

Relaxing, carefree, adventurous, fun, interesting, so many positive words are needed to describe our fantastic week aboard Freebird with Tina and Peter.

From the moment we met Tina with her open arms and welcoming smile, we appreciated her warmth and enthusiasm. Peter's attention to safety and knowledge of his boat & seas made us feel at ease and without concern the whole trip. The healthy and yummie food was a real surprise .. cracked conch, coconut cream pie, salads galore ... Tina, you are a magician in your galley!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for sharing passion and enthusiasm for the life on the seas and a little glimpse of how the Happy People live!

Warm Hugs, 
Janine and Dave

Was the yacht clean and ready to go upon your arrival? YES
Were all the advertised “toys” available? YES
Did the crew live up to your expectations? YES
How would you describe the food and drinks? VERY GOOD
Were you involved in planning the day’s itinerary? YES
What did you like most about your charter? THE CREW
On a scale using 1-10: How would you rate 
-Captain 10
-Chef 10
-Overall Satisfaction 10
Would you charter this yacht again? Yes
Would you recommend this yacht to your friends? Yes
Brett & Zuzana
Sept. 2014

Amazing Honeymoon
We had such an amazing time honeymooning aboard the Freebird! Tina and Pete were such great hosts and planned unforgettable excursions for us on a daily basis, which we preferred being an active couple. The sea life in the Exuma’s is so beautiful and they knew the perfect spots to take us to ensure we got the most out of our trip. Tina is an amazing chef and really tailors the meals to your request. We could not have had a more perfect honeymoon! Thank you Tina and Pete, we can’t wait to return in the coming years!!!
Xavier & Shelly
July 2014

Thank you again for richly contributing to our memorable 25th Anniversary
Sheri and I had a good time with Tina and Peter. We took in a lots of sites, drift diving, spear fishing and some hiking at 2 vistas. The food was great and only second to their hospitality. The yacht was functional and cozy for us and just right. We even look in the amazing starlit sky on our last night and slept out on the trampoline (comfy as well). The itinerary was perfect and Captain Peter improvised with us. We utilized their kayaks and explored several beaches where we were a crowd for the sea shells and shore line fish! A key take away for us si that there is far more to see in the water than on the land when visiting the Bahamas! Thank you again for richly contributing to our 25th anniversary! We had an unmatched experience with you both, taking in all the sights and meeting your family / friends – absolutely amazing! Sheri and I will cherish this experience for a long time!
Mark & Sheri,
June 2014

Best Vacation of our Lives!
Spending a week in Freebird with Pete and Tina was the highlight of our vacation. The sights were simply amazing, but even better than visiting incredible places, was spending time with Pete and Tina. They were wonderful hosts. But as nothing is perfect it’s hard keeping in shape, as Tina has an incredible ability to only cook delicious meals. Well to sum it all up, it was on eof the best vacations of our lives!
Stefan, Brazil
March, 2014

Marvelous Meals
I want to say how impressed I was with the great meals prepared onboard Freebird. Being vegetarians, we were thrilled when you presented exotic dishes from around the world. Tina must have met every great chef in all the countries you visited, because the meals were healthy and many, new to us. Thanks for taking such extra care and attention! The cheerful countenance onboard was delightful. The beach bonfires were our favorite. Nothing like grilling a lobster over a peaceful fire at night on a ropical island where no one lives! Thanks for the amazing adventures!
Ciao! Linda & C.
July, 2012

Intimate Moments, Fond Memories
Our group of gals want to personally thank Tina for her kindness and great food preparation. Her keen spirit made our charter week the best ever! Though our college sorority is splitting up, we know we separate with bigger, better hearts after a week on Freebird!  Thanks to Capt. Peter for his significant knowledge of the Bahamas.
All the best, Janet & Friends
July 2011

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