FREEBIRD

42 ft / 12.8 m Grainger - Sleeps 5 guests

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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.


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 eng…

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

General

  • BBQ
  • Book library
  • Deck shower
  • Fishing gear - light
  • Swim platform

Electrical

  • Camcorder
  • DVD library
  • DVD player saloon
  • Indoor audio system
  • iPod dock
  • Local TV
  • Satellite phone
  • Wi-Fi

Toys

  • Beach games
  • Board games
  • Boogie board
  • Kayaks multiple
  • Paddleboard
  • Swimming noodles

Tenders

  • RIB tender 11ft / 3.40m - 15hp engine

Diving

  • Diving by arrangement
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Underwater still camera

Crew Profile

Luxury charter yacht crew for FREEBIRD
Captain: Peter Dreffin
Captain: Peter Dreffin

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.” 

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.

Chef/Hostess: Rebecca (Becky) Garcia (55)
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, 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.

Layout

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.

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.

Luxury charter yacht layout diagram for FREEBIRD

Testimonials



29th March - 2nd April, 2017 ~ The Most Beautiful Place!
Dear Peter,
Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday/anniversary celebration. This is the most beautiful place we have ever seen. Ya'll have been the most gracious hosts. Thank you for turning your boat over to us. We have made so many memories: from the slow ride on the water, relaxing, to the entertaining people at the Flip Flop beach. The food was absolutely amazing! We will be back, anxiously awaiting a cook book! Maybe one day we will meet you on our own boats and sail together! Lots of love to you!
Jere and Laurie, Clay and Judy




February 18-25, 2017 ~ Honeymoon Dreams!

Dear Peter, 

We have had a most wonderful time with you and Bella and your Freebird.  Our honeymoon could not have been more fitting to our dreams and desires. The sailing, the snorkeling, the amazing waters!  Who knew that there were so many shades of blue?  What incredible creatures we have seen!  The sea turtles, the lobster, the conch, the rays, the iguanas, and swimming pigs!?! And way too many fishes to keep count.  And amazing little Bella on board!

We had every confidence in Peter's captaining skills.  And he always had us anchored in the right place for each new adventure.  What a great dive guide!

What fantastic meals we have had!! Fresh caught lobster and conch, ribs, lamb, and seafood quesadillas.  And always a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a Dark and Stormy at the right moment.

What a dream come true for us!  Thank you for sharing your life stories. Thank you for introducing us to the spirit of the Bahamas and the cruising way of life.

We will be back! No doubts! We will be back!

Michelle & Bob , Canandaigua, New York


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 Peter,
I want to formally thank you for your can-do enthusiasm, excellent meals, and for your calm.
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.

March 30 - April 6, 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,
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, 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, 2016 - Exumas
To Peter,

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

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 ...

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

Sept. 2014
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! Captain Peter was such a great host 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.  We could not have had a more perfect honeymoon! Thank you, we can’t wait to return in the coming years!!!
Xavier & Shelly
July 2014

June 2014 - Thank you again for richly contributing to our memorable 25th Anniversary
Sheri and I had a good time with Captain 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,

7 April, 2014
Traveling with Peter through the Bahamas was one of the best decisions we made. A full week where your only problem is to decide where to you want to dive, or what marvelous beach to you want to relax. Once you are tired, just like work, from having such a great day on a completely deserted island you have to face another big problem, have an incredibly delicious meal prepared with such love and care. Deserted beaches, incredible sea, great food, and wonderful conversations. What else could you expect for? Stefan and family.

March, 2014 - Best Vacation of our Lives!
Spending a week in Freebird with Peter was the highlight of our vacation. The sights were simply amazing, but even better than visiting incredible places, was spending time with Pete. They were wonderful hosts. Well to sum it all up, it was one of the best vacations of our lives!
Stefan, Brazil

Jan 2014
We had great fun on this unforgettable journey on Freebird. Sailing, sea, water sports, snorkeling, new places, and especially because of the great atmosphere and our heartfelt hosts we are returning to Exuma to adventure with Freebird as soon as it becomes possible. Sailing and experiencing the Exuma Cays with such intensity as on the Freebird is an amazing adventure with countless possibilities, where every day is full of constant choices and great a variety of surprises.
Olli & Sanni

July, 2012 - 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. 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 tropical island where no one lives! Thanks for the amazing adventures!
Ciao! Linda & C.


July 2011 - Sorority Group
Our group of gals want to personally thank Freebird for her kindness and great food. 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

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